I love the accolades because it is a direct indicator as too how balanced a persons activity is on hubpages or also known as Hubtivity. The more activity you participate in here the more the accolades will build up, and it is definitely a motivational factor to keep people going on here.
I think without any indicator of your improvement socially on such a writers network as hubpages, it would'nt be as competitive and as interesting to me. I love to see how others are performing and this drives me to improve my performance as well.
I just wish many other facets of life was handled in such a manner, like school. Imagine if they replaced the entire grading system in the collegiate system & grade school, with an accolade system as here on hubpages.
Imagine how powerful and appealing that would be to all the students and the betterment of their own education. Feeling as if your gaining and acquiring awards is definitely a great way to let people know how their doing overall in any given system. With that stated I would like to say wholeheartedly, I love this stuff!!
Hubbing and the Accolades system is Fantastic! Mostly because I like to see the results of my hard work blood sweat & tears. Great question here.