Really it's the 'dark little secret' element I don't like. Would prefer more info not less!!!! The fact that someone red-blobbed Manos for wishing happy birthday means it was a little personal attack and nothing to do with the quality and worth of his post.
Find it a bit creepy ... this silent and secretive negative response...
And now it's buried even more... and there is no opportunity to respond to the disaffected.
Instead why not have green blobs only (as you seem to like the system) where people could just get stars for 'being good'.
Positive reinforcement is a better long term approach in my view. The 'stab-in-the-back system has adversely affected the Forums. All IMHO.
Previously people had to stand by their responses, positive or negative and there were some interesting discussions.You had also set up rules for posting and took action where behaviour was unacceptable. People can complain via PM system (for which you are well-known for responding to absolutely everything that comes your way!) So I think there were sufficient sanctions.
Appreciate it's not a democracy!!!!But the fact that you have put everything up for discussion (among other worthy practices) means that you uphold some solid democratic principles.
Thanks as usual for your hard work for us all and for running a great forum.