Riamus wrote:And ranks are necessary for helping to lock down areas and limit access to higher level editors on important roads as well as other things."
Editor levels are absolutely necessary for locking things down!
The waze ranks ("Levels", officially, i.e. Baby, GrownUp, Warrior, etc...) are strictly for amusement value. And those levels are part of the drive of the short-lived wayward editors - "Crown and Out" I'm starting to refer to them as - once they get to Royalty level (aka: The Almighty Crown™) through massive inappropriate POI/Landmark edits/additions, the editing stops as there's nothing else for them to publicly achieve.