Clearly, I can't figure out how this thing works. How the *HELL* do you post comments to this damn thing? Can I associate this diary entry with some particular article? And what's with this master/journeyman crap? Seems awfully elitist to me. Elitism sucks. Take a look at the the edge.org "I'm smarter than you are, and my membership in this 31337 organization proves it. I'm a Master!" Screw that!
My suggestion to whoever runs this thing: get RID of the certification program! It sucks! It demeans everyone involved! Think about it: were you part of the "in" crowd in high-school? On the football team? If you were, then you think elitism is OK. No, Elitism sucks, and most people who've endured high-school know that. Are you the boss, the CEO where you work? If so, maybe you think elitism is OK. It SUCKS! Just ask your employees. Do you live in a gated community in the suburbia, drive an expensive SUV, and go golfing? Then you think Elitism is the Republican way. It sucks! But you wouldn't know, never been to the ghet-to. Do you go dance-clubbing in Paris? Are you a fashion victim? Then of course you think Elitism is natural. But when you're kicked out of Les Bains-Douches on a Saturday Night, you know: Elitism Sucks! Do you write proprietary software? Of course! Elitism is great!
Elitism is a pervasive part of Human Existance. It permeates all social interaction. It distinguishes geeks from jocks. It turns ordinary people into social outcasts. I've been a social outcast all my life! So have most people on this planet! Good lord, why-the-hell would you want to promote an elitist system? You should be promoting Community! Belonging! Accepatance! Openess!