Originally Posted by Andrew.
Which is something I don't do. I am proud of earning my rep points based on how people feel about my posts.
Great, me too. But guess what? If someone who's gotten 10X the # they'd have if not for the
defacto trading RF mentioned above wanted to, he or she could in effect wipe out 10 "normal" positive reps in a couple of clicks.
The owners of the board know that, and don't care. Furthermore Andrew, someone out To Trash others could simply accumulate 1 or 2 million points via the "inflationary system" I mentioned above so others wouldn't Bash Back, or negative rep them.
And (except for the obvious "stars of Trollfest Tour 2004" who get quickly banned, an "established member" can say just About Anything (except hatred of a race, religion, nationality, orientation, etc.) and get away with it.
I Think The Admins want to do the right thing, but the same owners who pointedly ignored the simple question several members asked when Their Tennis pics were deleted from Tennis Photo's seem to prefer
mayhem, as it might increse post totals and page views. (But not
unique visits, the key stat In Internet marketing).
But they're missing a key element, IMO. Click "Members" and scroll pages @ random. You'll find That The vast majority have never posted. Even if you subtract half or more of Those Thousands as being duplicate screennames plus real ppl who simply read threads, there are thousands more
who the crap permitted turns off and simply don't come back.