Typo there, sorry, my bad.
Totally agree with you here. Someone with knowledge about FabLabs in general should help and guide the newcomers, but with the local point of view, socially, culturally and economically speaking.
@openp2pdesign, the ideas you're describing are great! There should be a reference point or a measure unit to rank or categorise the FabLabs in their different aspects, but without overcomplicating the site in general. Also, there are labs active only in certain sub networks (like FabLat), so in some way these groups should be the ones with the possibility to back or promote their members and give them visibility to the global community, or maybe the way to go is exactly the oposite one. In my opinion, whichever system is implemented, it has to be, in some way, self cleaning: for example, with the "points" system you mentioned, giving the lab points for posting projects, getting mentioned, etc. and showing in the site the ones with higher scores.
Just my two cents, I really want to help here