I had the impression the forum inhibits noobs from posting in certain places to prevent sockpuppets and spam.
I don’t value the levels especially and consider the posts of relative new users as equal to those who’ve been around a while… age is not a measure of merit.
The only distinction along these lines I wonder useful is core devs, as they are the only ones able to speak with authority on technical issues… everything else is one person’s opinion.
I wonder its as easy to mislead by an established users as a noob. Aside from that certain forums suffer their long term embedded troublemakers …branding all as equally special seems likely to stifle noobs from feeling welcome and able to chip in at any point.
tldr; no added value… unless more simply done for devs with maidsafe logo