I have a pretty low post count and a pretty low join date, so either of those and I'm still doomed, heh.
I don't know if this is possible, I've seen it on other forums though so I'm putting it out there. A karma system, where theres a nice little button in a persons profile where you can give or take a karma point, something like 3 a day as to not get crazy. I think if we could get something like that going people could give a point to someone who they like the writing of, or take away from someone who is being disrespectful, inactive, immature, etc. It would be a general symbol of their ability in terms of a basic consensus.
Unless we could get a 1-10 rating system for writing up, I think that might be the best alternative.