Interesting idea. Having a way to show that one has certain skills and is willing to help others is great.
Having to go through each stage is a hassle for a wiki veteran with months or years of work on wikis, but who is new to this site. How about some fast tracking for some of the skills? E.g. allow the applicant to point to work done on other wikis. --Chriswaterguy 02:26, 11 March 2008 (UTC)
Chris: I think you're right and that we should essentially be able to do a kind of interwiki skill verification. I just found Appropedia the other day and have mentioned it to the guys doing the Permaculture design course. Countrymike 06:32, 12 March 2008 (UTC)