In answer to axelrowes reply to my reply, which I also see as an Idea so I'll put it here. I hope that it might shed some light.
I would think the sites nature to be very clear. As for my perceived place within the community, I'm afraid I don't quite understand, but will try to offer what information I can.
The way I see it, we are all equal here and this is a place where we can exchange material, discuss roleplaying, and generally interact with other people as happens on forums and sites. I don't give myself nor another a 'place' or 'rank' in the Citadel, with the exception of Strolen and the admins. The ranking system is just a way to see who contributes and how much they give.
I would think that my submission answers the reasons as to why I vote, and my criteria for such. However, I do not think that I can give a full explanation on why I vote, as the reasons for voting are numerous, as I'm sure we would all agree and each have our own reasons. Go to Comment
I suppose the people (the common people that is), don't see much of him at all, and therefore can't really view him. They know that someone is helping them and are deeply grateful but that's about it.
I think that if he came out, there would be a lot of support for him. However with the system in place, it would be impossible for him to be placed in a position of significant power. On the other hand, if one of the nobility were to champion his cause and actually try to help their people instead of leaving them to their own devices, it's possible that he may have some influence with that Lord/Lady.
As for his name, it is a regional thing. He was born and raised in the Lower Valley (a region in the world I'm creating), those born there traditionally have family/house names related to flora.