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Other people, but not YOU, of course, may be influenced by "Stars & Stuff," therefore they should not be displayed?
Why does it matter to you what other people think?
Would you prefer to do their thinking for them?
If you don't think "Stars & Stuff" are worthwhile and pay no attention to them
why does it matter how many stars someone else has? It's irrelevant, right?
Very likely, you don't even know what some of those numbers even mean.
They have decided it is worthwhile and they don't really give a crap what you think about the system.
when you start telling other people what they ought to be doing, or telling this site what they ought to display or not display, you have crossed a line. This is not a democracy. You do not have a vote. You don't get to tell other people what to do.
Sooo...I guess we shouldn't point out "The Applause" stats to OP quite yet.
The whole 'star' system should be gotten rid of, IMHO. It's skewed and it encourages 'group think'.