Benefits of having "trusted / high quality" user recognition
Fragment of a discussion from Task force/Wikipedia Quality/Archive 1
Agreed on the controversial topics issue. I've seen reasonable people caught in the middle, and ending up with nothing but harassment (from both sides) to show for it. The more we can rely on other measures the better. The human component can be there as a screen, as a veto, but people should really be judged by accomplishments that the widest number of Wikipedians cannot deny.