We really don't have a merit system on this site. The rankings(junior, contender, welterweight, etc.) are for post count. Someone can spam there way up the ladder if they chose to.
Rep system is not a merit system, it's us regular members giving it out to friends and people we like.
You guys keep talking about the asterisk and I could care less about that. Someone dropping the f bomb all over a thread tends to tell people that it is ok to do it, especially the new members. The rules clearly stat that there is no cursing and usually the censor picks up on it but when you mask or try and evade the censor, your purposly breaking the rule. If it's just one or two curse words, I'll edit your post, but if you keep doing it, that's when I'll hand out a warning.