Very nice thread Progo, you'll be an "Illuminated Pillar" in no time, but you've smacked the bees nest with this. Speaking of bees, thats sort of how i see this community.
On one hand we have the workers delivering the nectar (opinions) to the nest, and then some that decide to sting everything in defence of it. The Queen Bee is of course DeeJ, Queen DeeJ…
In all seriousness though, my opinion is that the Mythic members of the community came here largely for Halo, but things have changed and Bungie has moved on to Destiny. With a new IP comes a new wave of fans (including myself), some of which have the potential to become legend and be as recognised as some of the more grizzled beasts on here today.
My point is, let the new wave of fans in the community flourish along with the old. Give them a chance, hear them out, rather than concentrating on who's been here the longest, giving people titles for lengths of time like some kind of jail sentence shouldn't be a 'thing'. Of course trust is essential, so don't take it away, just put the spotlight on the guys that work the hardest and bring the most nectar back to the nest.
Implementing things such as a 'Thread of the Week'? or 'PvP Hero' for the month, and basically providing a platform to stand on for members who work hard in game AND on the forums would be rewarding. Everyone likes a nice little badge or trophy for their profile too, showing off and proving how skilled or knowledgable they are, along with length of time on the frontline.
Maybe I'm just ranting, maybe you guys agree, let me know. :)