That is funny as you were here before me.
How many posts you have here are important. That should not be the case - and I would vote to do away with the count.
There are Millions of readers here, and if you are really up on a topic and have 17 posts - someone like me who might lay in bed all day tomorrow has more clout. Well, not me actually as I have no clout here. . Others with 69K posts here who might know less than you on many issues - rule.
On the plus side, just welcome every new member who just found us and will never post here again. In no time you will have a lot of clout unless like me you post on topics from a new angle.