Post counts have always been meaningless, they certainly don't reflect the quality of input. You can still have a very high post count which is 99% drivel based
To a certain degree, the rep medals/pips are the same. Often they are given for quality input but just as common has been the culture here to simply rep those you like.
Those in the know, or have been here long enough know who deserve what they sport and those that don't. Unfortunately new members, or new to forums in general; mistake badges, high counts and medals as a sign of knowledge.
The downside is that these new members tend to eschew the correct input of 'less impressive looking members' in favour of the 'high count/repped members' who at times, have no idea what they are talking about.