posted on Mar, 22 2011 @ 08:29 AM
As originally intended, they are intended to show the quality of a thread or post. Flags for threads, stars for posts.
In reality, however, they are given out like lollies at a children's birthday party.
I saw a thread today that had no point, had no reason, and before I knew it, it had 4 flags and about 6 stars...
Some people star every post thinking it's good karma, making the entire system useless.
Others flag threads that are in no way valuable to ATS and perpetuate hoaxes.
But whatever floats their boats, I don't put much stock in how many of what who has, I can often tell the quality of a persons post by their username
or the topic.