Thoughts On Rank
As per my blog entry "Day Two," I'd wondered why I was deserving of amassing such a list of Followers without having done anything to warrant it, especially as a rank newb to the site.
It appears your Rank is more to do with community engagement than actual expertise or success. Thus the more people you follow or questions and replies you supply in discussions, regardless of value, boosts your Rank.
So unless there's some distinction made or other criteria applied past a certain point, then it would seem wise to make no assumptions based on the Rank of a member. At least at a certain level as I say, I hope not all.
I am always happy to be corrected when I am wrong, though,