I'll be honest - it was pretty sweet to rise through the ranks over time as I contributed more to the community. But the points weren't the primary driver. They were simply one measure of my level of activity and it was cool to be featured for the effort and engagement.
Amanda made a great point a couple weeks back - points are very useful for knowing the likelihood of someone getting back to you when you reach out to them, too. If a member has no points, it could be an indication that they aren't active here...and that you may need to try another communication channel to reach them.
AND I'm gonna catch Henry Brown this week if it's the LAST thing I do... 😉