Originally Posted by iacas
That wouldn't work because you could make a post like the one "gangsta" guy that gets a lot of responses because of the poor quality of the post.
First, I don't know of gansta's post. Provocation is not necessarily bad. And a poor quality of post should fall in the jurisdiction of the moderator. If a post generates a magnitude of response then it hit a nerve good or bad. However, if that post violates policy, the option to remove it is in place and would be exercised. It would then no longer be in the pool anyway. I'm not an advocate of censorship but I do recognize rights of ownership. In this case TST. More valuable, I think, is impartiality.
As a weighted piece of the whole solution, valuing the views and responses to a post is at the core of forums in general - readership and discussion. If a post generates a high volume of readership and discussion hasn't it earned the author some measure of reward? Six of TST's nine categories are directly based on the contributions of it's members. From the number and content of the replies to this thread, might it be worth a deeper look into how it weighs in the progress of member status?
Thanks for listening