The more I look at Stack Exchange Meta or Stack Overflow Meta, the more I see the effects of the requester's reputation (and posters' ones) on them.
- Do you have a lot of gold medals and reputation? Your suggestion has a chance to be good and well received!
- Do you have few copper or silver medals? Await downvotes!
Am I right? Do I exaggerate? Well, we could argue...
I think that hiding the requester's and replying posters' reputation points and medals could be a good thing. Then we would be sure they could never be taken in account during reflection about feature requests.
Because, in my mind, posters previous deeds/achievements should not be taken into account in the case of such study, that should be absolutely neutral, and I think that the appearance of medals and reputation influence you.
When a public service or supermarket opens a suggestion box, it isn't asking those who are putting ideas inside if they are professors, medical doctor or own another ability.
And the service/supermarket is able to study the suggestions immediately, without this knowledge.
So why in Meta stacks do you need to know the reputation level of the posters to do the same task?
Do you believe you could be able to study features requests in the case the submitter and those participating to the debate had no reputation score and medals in front of them?
Like it's done in almost all suggestion boxes?
This factor (reputation) not shown would ensure it is would not be taken into account.