[quote user="rhyen"]With this post, I believe I have finally joined the ranks of the Jedi knights, no?[/quote]
All hail the knight of double-post spam!
apology for misleading.was refering to your signature.
[quote user="jack208"]The Council has already decided to reward the first two Jedi Knights with a BGC t-shirt (with the rank Jedi Knight printed on the front-left) and there'll be another reward for the 1st Jedi Master.[/quote]
Due to the recent increase of spam posts, the Council has decided to revoke this reward. There shall be no reward for becoming the 1st Jedi Master. However the "reward" shall instead be given to the poster who has made the most contributions to this forums for 2007. Contributions can be measured in terms of session reports, informative threads, useful contents etc.
Council is also deliberating on whether to change the qualifying mark for Jedi Master to discourage further spamming.
May the Force remain with you. 
oh man, you just dashed the hopes of jedi master wannabes, master yoda.
rewarding the poster making the most "contribution" can be quite subjective, unless you have a word calculator that calculates how many words a poster made in a year.
now, raising the mark for jedi master? that's really mean! no one has reached that mark yet and it getting further from our grasp! evil evil evil we demand jedi mastahs!
hear hear CE.
My intention is still the same; not to keep this forum so info-heavy that it stops being a fun place to gather albeit virtually. There has to be a balance. Which is why I'll be designating some forums as content-only forum... in those, there'll strictly be no thread hijacking or spamming/trolling. I'll keep others as free-for-all eg. OTK, Mage, Non-gaming forums etc for members to do their bantering but to an acceptable level...
[quote user="LoStBoYz"]I was really BAD when I wanted to reach Jedi Knight, I spammed everywhere just to hit the post level I wanted. After reaching that, I stopped all together. I post ONLY when I wanted to say something, whether its a ONE-liner or a more coherent and thoughtful post. So, I believe the ranking system is making us lean towards the DARK FORCE rather than LIGHT FORCES RANKINGS that will be bestowed to us when we post more.[/quote]Sounds very much like a Bioshock thing you're going on there. Whoops, thread hijack.
Maybe it takes a non Star Wars junkie to not heed the rankings? But at least the spam quote-postings seem to have died down a good bit already.
It's not the ranking system that corrupts us but our "love" for the ranking system that's making us turn to the Dark Side. Removing the "apple" does not turn Adam into a man without desire. You merely suppressed that desire. Just as Luke has to do, enter the dark cave we must....
Some spam becoz of the ranking but in truth most do not post quality posts becoz either they are shy or they dun have much to say. Removing the ranking (or the reward which is probably a bigger evil) does stop the spam but my question, will it increase the quality posts?
The number of spammers actually is relatively small but it's their number of spam posts that's high thus causing a mis-perception that there are spammers everywhere. On the other hand, there is also a good number of posters here who do not spam or troll but post good quality posts. The ranking system is still known and available to them.. why then did they not spam?
Enlightenment thus comes from understanding these people.... and not from removing a temptation.
Let me just mentioned some names here to motivate them. The posters imho who usually contribute the quality posts are (in no particular order) ayheng, wolfx, wonglc, CE (when he's not spamming those one-liners), macedwin (for his insight into old/oop games), aycee, lostboyz (can write good things one when he's not preoccupied with XBox), shinobi (with his non-boardgame updates and sessreps), friedrice (when he's in writing mode), c_mun (with her ASH non-male perspective), dave (for offering to smell the trolls), arthoz (for starting the Books thread), shrapnel (for some interesting new threads).... and all the others that I may have forgotten to mention.
As an example - wonglc is just a newbie with only 23 posts at the time of writing but he has contributed far more meaningful posts in that 23 that many with more than 300 posts!
If you really want to know, I say there are only 2 full-time spammers and a couple more part-time spammers who may have already retired, hehe. The rest of the posters are good..... so let's not knee-jerk anything here.
As a karate sifu once said, the biggest enemy is within us. 
I think the rankings help to encourage people to post. Spamming is an unfortunate side effect of those who wanted the 'name' but forgot that the 'name' is supposed to mean something. Just like the debacle recently with the Malaysian BAR Council's membership sticker, it's available 'under' the table such that it doesn't mean anything anymore. Perhaps this is what lostboyz meant by doing away entirely with the rankings.
But I take the viewpoint that the rankings should be retained to encourage postings. I say this because of my personal experience of posting to 'get' the 'carrot' of rankings. It is a thrill and an honor to be recognised for my contributions. (of course, it is also a thrill and honor to have my musings acknowledged and discussed upon)
So doing away with the ranking is not something I prefer. Raising the 'bar' for the rankings is also something that i don't prefer. It is already so difficult to attain the rank of jedi master, why make it harder? And we do not have yet any jedi masters so there's no reason to raise the bar just to control the population. If the bar was raised to control spamming, then I feel that it's not necessary as a word and a warning from the admin was quite enough to put everyone into perspective.
So, I sort of agree with the warnings and that a touch of moderation was needed to put everything back on topic, there's no need to take it further yet.
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