I've been thinking about this very topic due to all the recent threads and I noticed something about my own behavior. I'm reading through a thread and I come upon a reply that I think is a little out of line--not really worthy of being reported, IMO, but it makes me frown a little. Naturally I glance over to see who wrote it. If it's someone with a low post count, <300 or definitely <100, I usually expect to see another poster calling them out about it in another couple of posts (and this often happens). However, if it's someone with a 5-digit post count, I personally
usually think, "Oh, that's just how So-and-so is, kind of snippy or blunt," and I personally
go on through the thread without really thinking anymore about it. And I almost never see a 5-digit poster get called out in the thread for being too snarky or whatever. (Of course, I don't know about anything that might happen behind the scenes.)
Since I noticed this about my own behavior, I wonder if this happens to other people as well. I'm not asking for a show of hands or anything!
But one could call this an instance of "favoritism" towards long-time or heavy posters that I've been engaging in without consciously realizing it for a while. I am going to watch this in myself and try not to let a user's post count influence me so much.