I think Advogato should not be changed. It's a really nice community, and people will come and go. Some people may decide that a community (with all that entails) isn't what they want to participate in; it's okay for people to leave; we should expect it. A scheme that hides warts will also hide freckles, and that won't necessarily make for more beauty.
Raph's trust-metic ideas are attack-resistent but not very apathy- or ignorance-resistent. When you certify someone, you are certifying their competency as a developer of free software, not their competency in deciding how others should be certified. As with any system, the scale grows inflated over time, unless there's a great deal of vigilence to prevent it. Should I be "Master"? Probably not.
I've never stated my position on The War because I'm pretty undecided. Please don't interpret my criticism of authors of posts likeas advocating chocolate. It's the lack of tact I can't stomach, not the position. (Though, seeing enough of those definitely makes me want to be on any-team-other-than-that-guy's.)