I apologize in advance if this has been discussed before.
One of the complaints I've heard of the SE system is that reputation can give a false sense of authority. New users who are very knowledgeable about a topic can have their answers out shadowed by very high rep users, even if those users got their rep in completely different areas.
When someone posts an answer, could we see, in addition to total rep, their reputation coming only from the tags used in the question? The downside I see to this is that it would put a slightly stricter need for correct tags on the question.
Ok, maybe it's not as big a problem as stated. I thought of this because I heard this complaint elsewhere. Even if it's not an actual problem, do we suffer from this fake problem, in terms of the site's public image? Maybe the complaint was just one outlier.