Higher post count for newbies until something is better thought out. Just allow the Newbie section to have two sections, maybe one tech side and the other currency.
Haha!!! Yes, let's bash newbies! Blame it on the newbies!
But seriously, for some reason I don't think a higher post count would not solve the issue. Some very clever newbie troll managed to lure me into a debate on the newbie forum which took me all last night (I couldn't tell he genuinely had a misunderstanding of bitcoin which I was trying to correct, or if he was indeed a troll), which didn't end until he reached his 50 post count requirement and graduated.
So many image posts and posts that are just completely nonconstructive! I've even seen the occasional "op is a faggot." This used to be a forum full of incredibly intelligent people!
I don't know, I think many of the sarcastic image posts can be constructive. Humor is often a great method to point out a flaw in reasoning or highlight a mistake. Now the downright "op is a fagg*t" posts ofcourse don't belong, and those should be reported to the moderator automatically.
Just allow the Newbie section to have two sections, maybe one tech side and the other currency.
Ha, for a second then I thought you were going to suggest splitting them into ultra-new and slightly-new.
Hehe!!! Yes! We will give the newbie a new hoop to jump through every time they think they are about to graduate! Let's humiliate them since they are newbies! Again, it's not their fault, it's just that they are newbies.
It would be interesting to measure the growth of a Newbie into a regular member, but I have no doubt it would just be a race to get to the next level/board. I think I just talked myself out of this idea lol
I like the idea of forcing the newbie to take a multiple choice test to ensure that they have some basic competency of bitcoin operations before they graduate. Quesions like, "Assume that I have n GPU miners producing m Mhash's each and consume w Watts each and the exchange rate between USD and bitcoin is x USD/BTC, then what is my expected monthly profit for a month of 24/7 mining?" Then they would have to look up some bitcoin mining calculator like http://www.alloscomp.com/bitcoin/calculator.php
to figure out the answer. Then you get a special certificate next to your name in the forum, so that everyone else knows that you are not an idiot. Then have other questions that would just take a simple lookup to the bitcoin FAQ to answer correctly. (No essay