I personally never look for recognition as I believe that, the more an individual contributes to the community throughout WikiTree, the more they will stand out from others.
With that stated...
I also believe that Recognition is important to individuals and helps provide a certain level of accomplishment & encouragement for maintaining what it is they're being recognized for.
I don't really know if/what accomplishments are highlighted/notified to those that may follow them.
This is only my opinion/suggestion/input... LOL! :-)