...you would push for a change, a better change of course. Things are good, but they can always be better about anything as there is always space for evolution. Can we have a more active community here? Absolutely. Can we have a better, more honest and accurate "ranking" system in place? Absolutely. I'll explain at the end of this post how exactly we can make this community better for our own benefit.
I haven't been paying attention until lately but I realized that I only have what 291 points on this site, and honestly how do we determine and truly know if someone is a high quality poster, a useful part of this community and simply someone we would like to see continue being part of it or not?
When I find things "dull" I always prefer to discuss about things that I find interesting, regardless how controversial they might be. Just like as a gamer who's been in every possible environment from being the most disliked, hated, to the most respected and appreciated I approach these forums as I've approached every game and at the end I do prefer to be part of some conflict, to have some "kids" or "n00bs" that usually don't know who exactly they are dealing with to oppose me. So, they will do their cussing and grouping and whatever ganking they can do. They will simply do best from what God has given to them and at the end they will either retire or learn to put some respect, especially if they realize that their methods, their vision, their plans and ways of thinking is not helping them to overcome and bent my will, which is best demonstrated with action and performance.
Most of us want a good challenge, good opponents and that's what makes many games far more enjoyable. Many already are very familiar with me here and clearly have hate grudge, and because they usually can't out "duel" me with logical arguments and facts they just try to get my rating as low as possible by tagging every post I make with "LOL", "LOL", "LOL".
Truth is if I indeed wanted to have a "purple" name on this site, and very high rating I would've had that, but at what cost? At losing my ability to be honest about every single subject, game being discussed around here. Losing my ability to talk about things that matter to me. Example: many already here know I am one of the few who managed to enjoy gaming as much as I have in the last 26+ years, while also I've not come across a new game I've found interesting enough to spend $ on since January 11th, 2011. So, naturally many here dislike me for not spending $ or posting only "positive" feedback about the game they are enjoying.
I like honesty before everything else and I like to see the community here to feel more free to discuss about the things that matter to them and be fully open about how they feel, regardless if they will earn some "haters" here who will continuously flag every single post afterwards" with "LOL" and lower their rating in the process. I've actually seen the same type of ranking and forum format in a game I've been playing "Marvel Heroes Online" and you can go and check it out there, it's exactly the same. So, I dunno if the staff here can actually do something about the ranking or not, but bottom line if you actually want to promote some freedom of speech and honesty around here, make sure you use the ranking system to the best you possible can. After all those who can't argue with you with logic, will be the ones who will just flag your posts with "LOL", "LOL", "LOL" and guess what, if they actually bother enough to do that it only means they care about their own rating even more than you, so you remember that and do the same for those individuals.
I must admit I've had only few posts here that I've tagged as awesome, insightful, agree or lol out of hundreds I've read because that just shows how much I actually cared about the whole ranking system, but at the end if this is the only ranking system available we got I'll use it in the best way possible to see the actual posters that contribute, at the end regardless if I agree with them or not, as long as they contribute, and more importantly replay to my posts to get the credit they deserve, and that's just one step forward to push for a better change and a better, more honest community here.
I do realize and I'm wise enough to acknowledge that regardless of how many different views we have (which we should since people should be different), we are what makes this community, regardless how small it might be. It's us vs everything else out there and more importantly we all have one thing in common that we should be all proud and value within each other and that is our love toward this MMORPG genre.