I am intending to provide a 'community moderation' feature which will work something like this:
Someone posts something stupid or trollish? Throw a tomato at them*
Someone posts something good or intelligent? Award them a badge*
* Not decided on the exact terminology yet ... they are just plus points and minus points to indicate your attitude to that particular post and will possibly be just a little tomato and certificate image next to a post that you click on. Remember, you are rating the post, not the thread or the poster (well, the poster indirectly)
Thsi will then help in several ways:
If all of a sudden a post is getting lots of bad marks then I know to look at it. Likewise, if a poster has a very negative balance then it can serve as an alert.
The weight of someones vote will vary based on their own current status and how many votes they cast (so 'Mr Angry' who just gives everyone bad votes will start to be ignored by the system)
The number and balance of the votes could affect the system with varying degrees from deactivation in extreme cases to limiting or enhancing the posting allowance for example.
This way, everyone has a small say in what goes on and can control to some degree what is allowed to be posted.
It will also make it easier to rate the good threads and hide the bad threads (automatically ignore fights if you want?) rather than the current system of rating an entire thread (but not being able to indicate which post(s) you thought were good or bad)