I'm curious. Where does this sense of detached, utopian equality come from? In all walks of society, including this one, distinctions are routinely made between participants. Not all manufacturers are equal. Not all customers are equal. Not all products are equal. Not all authors are equal. While I don't think one can simply claim a superior position by fiat, simple observation and logic clearly determine that there are distinctions to be made between various posters and what they post. In a discussion thread about education, education and experience with it most certainly matter, and are likely to preponderate in the discussion. Finally, if "disrespect should never be encouraged," perhaps one should not be disrespectful to begin with.