Since BR is more organized (la mil setup) I suggest Rankings of posters. People can chose to be in airforce, navy or army. A symbol is attached on these ranks just like the location tag under the user id.
that's a very juvenile concept IMO. would take away from BR's image as a serious place for discussion.
admins are anyway hard pressed for time.
Admins, I would like to reiterate some of my points I presented in last page.
a) BR needs to do stand alone articles on issues that have been dissected and analyzed over and over and on which a general level of understanding has been reached.
Issues like islamism, nuclear deterrence, recent events in pakistan are topics on which BRF provides a POV which is unique and immensely illuminating.
This knowledge needs to be spread and the best way to do that is to put it in formal articles. The purpose served by a readily available article that is
easy to understand (no BRspeak or BRparlance) and can be cited
can't be over emphasised. It would also have the added benefit of educating a lot of the excitable newcomers before they start posting.
I believe a rethink of BR's mandate is in order. Does it want to remain a place for the knowledgable few who know what they are talking about and end up hair-splitting the issues or does it want to spread the gyaan around ? It's up to the owners/admins to decide.
If you ask me,BR needs to survive for the multitude of people called the bharatiyas, not just a few hundred BRFites.
b) I am again requesting BR gurus to pen a few monographs on the burning issues at hand. Personally, I'm not knowledgable enough to write on these topics but I am hereby commiting myself to whatever managerial/editorial activities that may be required for the successful completion of these projects.
I find it extremely frustrating to find all these excellent gems
on BRF which do not go into circulation for want of a concerted effort.
c) Only way to ensure civilized behaviour on BRF is stricter monitoring.
Shiv's instant ban idea is good for weeding incurable
cases of trolling. But, for posters who err once or twice and contribute constructively otherwise it will be unnescessarily harsh.
The requirement is not stricter laws but consistent application
of the laws. Abusive posts have proliferated because many
such cases have escaped admin notice something I put down to overstretch of the regular admins. Truthfully, only ramana and shiv (jagan,JEM and rakesh to some extent) seem to be around to do the enforcing work these days. Check the ban/warning thread, you will understand what I mean.
That's too small a number to police BRF's large no of posts!!
Unfortunately, inspite of the amazing energy of these guys to maintain a civil environment, some errant posters do slip through.
The way out will be to induct some new mods in order to reduce the stress on the existing admins.