I think that while we should value hard working editors for the time being (b/c Citizendium is so small) & that we should consider/respect them, I think that Citizendium should consider merits as well as edit counts in forming this panel later on.
I've seen so many forums degenerate with people posting the most amount of garbage holding some sort of influence - these forums give bonus for posting more & give higher rankings, so some people try to make as many posts as possible.
And in discussions on topics such as global warming & economy, these same ppl may argue against someone else & "win" no matter how right that other person is just b/c they turn the discussion into a bunch of "no"s and "yes"s that cancel/neutralize each other & at the end the people side with the ones with the most edits. The main cause of such phenomenon is that those people who do in fact edit/post for the sake of editing & posting are arrogant & refuse to make the intellectual leap to understand & realize the other person's points - no matter how right that other person is. (Chunbum Park 10:55, 22 March 2008 (CDT))