Real simple. When I am scanning a post one of the things I look at is the number (apart from the usual cast of recognized characters). Depending on the content or questionable content of the post and you can get a sense of who that person is (along with the profile).
Good way of vetting out the trolls if the content seems a bit odd. When there is little or no info in the profile and you click on the past posts, you get a feel for who that person is. When you don't recognize the name.
Usually if a person has a low number and has been a contributing member you get a bit of comfort in the level of advice they have offered over time. I owe a great deal to many of those early members .... can't name em' all but Pierre-eh, Lars and the like for technical stuff, Oboe, for his updates on the Vermont conditions .... the list is long.
I have tried to give back what I could and through this "maturation" process and the debates, rants and shared info I'm sure the learning curve has been shortened for many.
I think that the low number has been an indicator of your duration and standing in the community.
My vote would be to bring back the ...
"Big Mountain Member"
"Supreme Mountain Member" ... how many times did some of try to squeek out that last question to up your status?