since i wrote that, i noticed a huge drop in those kind of popularity contest sort of questions to a more reasonable rate. I disagree with you about which opinions and takes actually matter to people. I've made many anonymous posts that were highly valued by people, as well as myTakes. The content of what you write still holds weight. It's just that when it comes to being tagged in things, your popularity often ends up mattering more than what you actually say
GaG is what you make it. If you feel like it's a popularity contest then that's what it'll be to you. Your mind will always have you thinking that your questions/takes are being ignored while other people's are not. Are there well K own users here? Sure there are. They've either been here for a long time or they are really active. That doesn't mean that they're popular. Just well known. I answer questions and takes that interest me. Doesn't matter who wrote them.
I remember when I started I thought that but I have since realised you can be active and keep a low profile. If you want to get known just be active and meet people that way. Once you are known it is up to you how high you keep your profile. Some the most active users keep very low profiles. Remember everyone was once new.