OK folks - after some thought and at the request of the OP we are going to close this thread - let me explain why.....
Not only is it causing a rift with members, but it's hammered home the fact the rift was self-inflicted - we have rotten titles.
Our forum software assigns those usertitles that we endure and the Hall of Fame designation was work around for extraordinary members who also disliked Guru. It has become clear in this thread that most folks dislike Guru.
So here's what we're going to do. Change the stock titles.
Our current scheme is:
newbie member 5 posts
veteran member 25
senior member 100
In the next few days we'll be asking for your input on a new scheme for usertitles and we can set this whole poll thing out to pasture \
Thanks for understanding