I agree! (But I will be posting more, so no worries!)
Another poster mentioned that people want to be "associated" with agreeing or disagreeing with a poster. This made my gears turn and I thought up
something that MIGHT solve that problem and would make the board a little more "alive", so to speak.
What if....there was a program inside the forum that did a couple of things?
1. Display the person's personality via Briggs/Meyers, but cater it to the ATS community and display it somewhere either in the Avatar area or in the
signature area. There's a reason for this, so bear with me while I complete this thought...
2. Along with that, this program will monitor, log and fashion a "live" personality attached to the avatar that lets others know where that person
stands, who they agree with most, who they oppose most, in terms of personalities, etc....this gives more of a pattern and "why" than the current
friend/foe feature. The more they participate, flag, star, and comment, the more complex and complete their ATS personality becomes. In this way,
there is motive for simply staring and flagging, because they will be contributing to their own virtual personality that will instantly give people an
anonymous snapshot of who they are.
3. On our profile page, we could pull up a graph and see the genetics of our stars and flags in terms of topics, and how our personality interacts
with these other personalities. We could see where our interest lies, where our tendencies are, and link up easier with others who have similar
interests. Let's face it....ATS is not a small community. It's more like a large city.
In addition, and completely unrelated (sorry, but I'm piggy-backing since I'm in brainstorm mode), I've often thought it would be really neat to
have a feature on ATS that takes the sum of ALL a person's posts, in every forum, and crunch it like a web bot, then spit out a paragraph based on
the history of that person's activity on ATS. Facebook did something similar and it was hilarious reading some of the things that came up. I think
it's quite revealing what someone REALLY thinks and believes....could be fun!