I don't understand this decision. Maybe I've been in the wrong threads, but I've seen no evidence of people being treated badly because they had no stars, or given special treatment because they had many. I've only seen a few threads geared towards "upping your post count" but they were few and far between, and good-natured. I for one thought the stars were quite useful, but I guess the implication is that I therefore discriminate against newbies. I think that's a totally unfair assumption.