I hate the whole idea of popularity contests. Those hearts just encourage people to game the system by arranging mutual admiration societies, spamming, posting pictures of kittens, etc. I want to run a mature (not in the x-rated sense) forum even though it caters to teenagers.
I get it that the trust level system depends on the popularity contest. Honestly, I’m not fond of the trust level system either. The only way to get an account on the forum is to have an account on the server for our browser-based programming language, so I don’t think we’ll be spammed by robot probes; it’ll take human intervention to spam us. So I’d really like users to start at trust level 4 and to have to lose trust (because of flagged posts) not to have full access to everything. Or, if my optimistic idea turns out to be wrong, let everyone start at tl1and jump to tl4 after 3 days.
Yes, I’m old; I grew up on the Arpanet, where everyone was a grownup, even the kids, because the environment encouraged that. (And, yeah, because you had to be a defense contractor to get in.)
P.S. I saw the thread about changing the heart to a thumbs-up. That would be better, but not as good as not having them at all.
So, am I the only one who wants this? Thanks.