I wonder if the points system can be revamped to reflect the ability to stick to one nick and nothing else. I am aware elements of this exist but it should be confined to this. Here are 2 suggested models Model A After moderation - Nick picks up x points for each year of "service" bonus points - threads started that do not end up in the trivial pile Minus points for threads started that end up in trivial pile (double impact) Bonus points for posting x number each month Minus points for bad behaviour, intentionally and maliciously going off topic. I am sure genuine donors understand this and do not expect anything in return except our gratitude for supporting a what was once a lone and pioneering voice of meaningful dissent and to continue to fulfill that role. Model B If it is hard to administer bonus points for threads and minimum threashold posts as in Model A, then restrict this to the minus points. Mods given infraction powers to trigger minus points As no member can award points to his clones and to his mates, the current hard-on for points woulld likely dissipate. There is also no incentive to create additional nicks but there is strong incentive to build the existing nick persona. There would be members who are like to have a second or third nick for genuine fun and like hearted banter and may create these nicksfor such purposes. Concern: I am not sure if I am the only only one that senses this but we have had a perceptible drop in informative and light hearted current materials - what is happening in HDB land (not stomp rubbish), world affairs, the experiences from the man in the street, down memory lane, food, etc . They seem to have given way to baiting, personal feuds, serial infractions, hijacking, etc. We have helped rescue the political folder in the past but the coffeeshop folder is now the playground of same few nicks who are either being chased or chasing some other nick. Impact - no incentive to have clones ( but you can't help some) - incentive to retain and use one nick - points accummulation and abuse is not top of mind - easier to pick out the Brendans and the Wendys that wait for the next naive and gullible guy or girl and provide them with ready help and hospitality while the rest of us send cryptic hints and in some cases outright alerts. Mods's Role We should support all mods. There will always be a transitional period to learn the ropes. I have no issues with ideology, sexual inclination, and any other leanings as long as they can help with content and conduct. The points may not reflect it but we silently enjoy posts from people like Chon and Joe (with pictures some more) however drunk, experiences shares by many while on their daily pursuit of life, travels, etc.