I believe that the post counter should be closed as it promotes spamming. As long as there are users that have higher amounts of posts, some users will feel unequal and not as important or not as “cool” as the higher posting people.
As experienced in the Living Room over the last few weeks, the spamming is growing. It is not uncommon to see users increase their post count by over 100 posts in under a week. Now, I am pretty sure that not all of these posts are “helpful” or even funny. Most of these posts are filler posts used to boost the posters number of posts.
By having the post counter, CDFreaks in effect states that some users are better than others. Although you might disagree, that is how it is seen. By eliminating the post counter users will not have a goal of 500, 1000, 10000 or whatever number of posts. THe motivation for spamming is increasing you post count that way you will be seen as more important by other users who stare at your counter. It is sort of like decorating your house in Christmas lights and then showing it off. Other people will look at this “house” and see all the lights and feel ashamed that their house is not as decorated as their neighbors. They will go to the hardware store and buy and buy Christmas lights until every corner of their house is decorated in lights.
The same with the living room. As long as people continue to post for the sole reason of having as many posts as their fellow users, the content of the living room will continue to decrease in quality.
When I first joined the forum as a member none of this was a problem. Sure there was spamming, but the user was usually told to stop by one of the mods and the problem was solved. Even when the longest thread was created, spamming of todays quantity did not exist. It took us 4 months to get to 2000 posts. Now we got around 700 in the span of less than two weeks.
I am not saying that we should close the thread or anything like that. THe thread is a good place to rant. The problem of spamming would be eliminated if we got rid of the post counter. No longer would the thread be used to rack up posts like it is now. The elimination of the post counter for each thread would also eliminate the semi-competition to be the #1 poster in the thread.
I am not sure what to replace the post counter with or even if we should just get rid of it and leave nothing there. That is up for you mods and administrators to decide. I am just voicing a concern.