A Star Is Borne
Just my personal opinions...
I know quite a few boards out there do it that way, and don't think it's necessarily an issue per se, but I think there would be problems trying
this on ATS.
One issue is implementation. I'm certainly not an expert, but since I became an admin, I've poked around the knobs, dials and gizmos quite a bit,
and haven't seen any way for admins (or anyone else) to know who has starred or flagged what. For whatever it's worth, I also haven't seen any
"Suppress Truth" or "Report To TPTB" buttons, but I doubt anyone would believe me on that.
Bill might be able to do database queries on who gave stars and flags, but I doubt that kind of detail is stored, because necessity has forced him to
keep things as streamlined as possible to minimize performance overhead (such as with thread view counts, for example). This site and its database
sees a lot
So it may not be possible without some major changes and performance hits, and even if everyone thought it was the greatest thing since sliced bread,
it probably wouldn't be worth the hassle.
As for the question of whether who starred/flagged what should or shouldn't be visible, I tend to prefer not, mainly because I'm a privacy fanatic
and assume members would post in the thread itself if they wanted to expound on their reasons for starring/flagging a thread, but I can see why folks
would want to know anyway, and I can't knock that either, so I guess I'm agnostic about it.
Anyway, there's my two sugarcubes. YMMV.