I'm very thankful you did away with the titles!
I stopped using forums because of the issues with titles and post count. Basically it as you said. Almost all forums give status titles and post counts. 1 person can post 4,000 posts because they really like replying and chatting in the forums, but they might be less informed or experienced than someone who only has 400 posts. All the forums I ever used became extremely frustrating, because either the "senior members" talk down to the newer or less senior members because "I've been here for 5 years. I am your superior here, you should respect me like one!" (literally, I've read people saying that) or other members will literally attack you for politely disagreeing with someone who has more seniority if you are a new member.
Sometimes people might be very knowledgable and experienced in betta care, but only came across this site recently. I think taking away the titles will prevent any possible situations of condescention and silly unnecessary fights that those kinds of attitudes cause :)
At least now I can be more comfortable in this forum knowing that I'll be judged because of who I am, and not how many posts I accumulate.