I just wanted to let everyone know about a change we’ll be making to the message board as early as tomorrow morning. I’m in the process of adding and testing a “reputation” system for this message board which will allow NACHI members to rate the helpfulness of other users on our system. Though all users will display a reputation, the place where this will mostly come into play is with non-members who are constantly posting useless information. Any non-member whose posts are consistently graded down by a number of NACHI members will lose his or her ability to post (as well as a few other restrictions). This will give our members the power to collectively moderate the message board.
Obviously the system will need to be tweaked over the first few weeks (we don’t want any single person or small group of people to have much of an effect, but we also don’t want it to be impossible for someone to be considered “disreputable”) but I think it should have an overall positive effect on the message boards. If, in the end, it causes more headache than it’s worth, we can always turn it back off.
The reason I’m posting this tonight is to hear any questions or concerns that might arise before we actually turn the system on.