drdony wrote: . . .
I vote for meaningful posts and comments!
Great to be here with you
Thank you for expressing your opinion on this issue and for promoting the purpose and value of contributing meaningful posts and comments. Most of our active members agree with your perspective and most do their best to honour the concept, most of the time.
@Mal: Hey, Mal, your response to Don is right on! Excellent! Better than I likely would have said it.
What I have observed since being the Forum Admin here is that most regularly active members engage in a sufficient amount of quality comments that when, on occasion, they do post a short reply, it does not feel out of place. Where we have an issue is when a new member joins us and (as Mal pointed out) they post a stream of brief and valueless comments that are obviously aimed at boosting their post count. Mal is correct in that I do keep a watchful eye on those members.
Evan would be able to comment on this next part better than I because he started this forum, but I believe that the original purpose for giving credits for forum posting was to add an element of fun and challenge to encourage and inspire the members.
I know that when I first joined a couple of years ago I noticed that you could advance up through the "Titles" and "Levels" in your profile with certain post totals and that motivated me to be more active in the forum. I had previously been trained to try to contribute to forum discussions, so I have always tried my best to live up to that standard.
Again, I thank you, Don, for bringing up this issue and expressing your support for meaningful contributions. The more of us who support it, the better example we will set for new members who join us.