Currently the status of guru and master can be achieved by anyone with enough patience to work up the points for it. As they stick out quite a lot, i see this as a false representation of knowledge (subjective opinion).
Thus i think it would be a good idea to make each guru/master title given by the comunity through votes. Thus they are earned not by getting a lot of XPER, but by contributing in a positive way and providing good answers. The result is that when you see a guru or master you know (s) he has deserved it by contributing positively. Please vote in the poll, and feel free to provide some written input on the idea.
No, I disagree. This kind of system would just encourage the site to become a huge popularity contest - more than it already is. We already have so many questions like "Who is the prettiest/hottest/kindest/smartest/etc person here", and it's always the same users getting nominated, guaranteed. So I could probably tell you who would be voted for to become a guru or master, and honestly, most of them aren't deserving of the title based on the criteria you outline here.
No, I mean it takes forever to get to master/guru. I don't really think somebody would waste their time on here just so they could get to that status. If they do take time to get to that status, it's most likely because they actually want to give good advice. Even if that's not true, who cares is a master/guru gives bad advice? You can disregard it if you want. The status means nothing, really. It's just another label.
If you know the social groups that circulate on here, Guru and Master titles would simply turn into a popularity contest, in which many of the spammers would be the ones to get the titles. I'm sure I could speculate with some accuracy which users would have the titles of Guru and Master.
The best way to know if a person is knowledgeable, always has been and always will be, by using multiple sources of information. You can look at their xper, most helpful answers, their user history, your own knowledge of a particular user, and gut instincts.
But in any case, I believe that elected Gurus/Masters would take away from what this site is... or what it's supposed to be...
A place where the layman can come to both get and give advice. It's not supposed to be a professional help site for dating. This is the battle grounds where men and women clash views and accumulate insight into the mind of their next possible partner.
Every user has potential usefulness in this sense, not simply the knowledgeable one.