I would be curious if there could be a special forum where only knowledgeable and smart posters could post.
They would have to have a proven track record of non-trolling
, but the number of posters should be large enough so that they could achieve a critical mass for discussion, jokes and arguments. The forum would have a link from GM, and would be readable by everybody.
The list of selected posters should be at the mods discretion, maybe with popular suggestions (but not direct vote. It'd end up being a popularity contest like DWTS). There would be regular additions, and yes, sometimes you could lose the ability to post there.
Posters like Sjensgter, NYCtennisfan, scoobs, Chloe le Bopper, Henry Chinaski.
Even Action Jackson, who, while knowledgeable, has too little patience with lesser
posters, might work in that setting.
As a lurker, I miss discussions from years ago when you could post a thread about "Fed beat Nadal", and it would be mostly about tennis and smart jokes, instead of endless posts about "Nadal sucks", "Fed sucks more", yadda-yadda.
That was done because the word has been used excessively (and offensively to many) in regards to tennis results. Perhaps I can look in to whether it could be un *** for NT or just *** for GM. Or perhaps a better solution is to un *** but use infractions against people who use it in a tennis context.
I found the repeated usage of that word in a tennis context disgusting, although I didn't complain.
Having it back in non-tennis would be good.