Well, yes i think it does make a difference in certain cases. Mods and admins are more lenient towards members who've around a long time.
Still, i don't give a crap about people respecting me...all i want is some points. Damnit. When am i gonna be given some points? Everyone else i see who's got over 2000 posts are loaded with points and here's me with jack mcshit. Tis a conspiracy i tell thee.