posted on Jul, 31 2008 @ 07:59 AM
Points gained through posting are slow and almost of no consequence, in the overall scheme of things. Points can be gained rather quickly by joining
Twitter, doing a podcast, and contributing to TinWiki, so having angst over some person gaining a hundred points from a two page troll post is
Stars, as they stand now, are much like a at the start of the post. And I would have no real problem with some negative stars For Threads
Only, perhaps a rating that would show only in the opening post area.
But were one to chose to rate the thread, there should be a cost. Just as you cannot star more than once under the current system, I feel it would
only be fair that if you rated a thread, you couldn't post in it. And if you had already posted, then you couldn't rate it. This would allow
negative feedback, without the need for negative comment, since you couldn't do both.
I also think that to rate a thread should require some minumum number of posts by the member, to avoid socks being used. A minumum high enough to
discourage "drive by raters" and yet low enough to not be a problem for the casual ATSer.
Could such a system be abused. All systems can be abused. But doing so would be childish and time consuming. And it well might be a way to release
tension without the need to make a negative post.