Originally Posted by bucknutdet
No, having no non human process to thin out the noise is bad.
No doubt about that. Has this new process done away with moderators deleting posts or banning trolls? I have found that good moderation makes for a great board. Moderation which enforces the stated rules yet allows for quite a bit of discussion, debate, confrontation, back & forth. Also veterans who are well respected and know the rules are able to call out the posters or posts who are breaking the rules. Even without the system, the people who come here often, probably know who has a good reputation and those who don't? Correct? Anyway..... Go Reds.
I think the results speak for themselves. The baseball discussion on the board is robust, interesting, and has genuinely expanded my baseball knowledge. I look like a genius at the ballpark with my friends just from quoting some of the stats and observations people on here research and make.
Scroll back 3-4 weeks back on the ORG forum and see how bad it was getting. I was barely coming around before that (dropping in for a post or two). Since things have gotten cleaned up, I've been reading more threads that have made me want to post and contribute...and I don't think my experience has been atypical.
What the reputation system has done is create accountability, and it's done an excellent job. There are a few minor kinks with the negatizing to be worked out, but on the whole, it's been an excellent switch.
And that's to say NOTHING of the fact that there are now two Reds message boards with great content...