Guys when I see someone who joined ten days ago get about 60 thanks for one General Nonsense Thread that tells me the Thanks and their associated Stars are no longer a valid way of judging how a member is valued here. New members that look to the "Stars" to gauge someone's reputation here would be misled. Just a suggestion: Eliminate the ability to give or receive thanks for General Nonsense. I feel this would be a good move for the whole forum. And I think it should be retroactive. Sorry but I don't think we should pin medals on the Class Clowns. I was told point blank by a Senior Moderator here that this is first and foremost a Tech Forum. That's why stuff that's annoying and difficult to moderate should take a back seat to technical issue threads. Does anyone remember any difficult to moderate threads that were eliminated on this logic? However what I am seeing instead is a totally rabid General Nonsense Thread that no other Tech Forum would even have kept alive over-running TPU. I guess the other option is to just not moderate such a thread at all. Which is what I see going on right now. Exchanges and language that would have gotten many of us infractions or a little vacation are being ignored completely by staff. There are probably more hits/views to TPU for the "Who Will Make a Better President" thread than any other right now. If that's what the Big Wiz wants that's his deal...it's his Forum. But the fallout from this is going to be a bunch of Loud Mouthed Opinionated n00bs with a Zillion Thanks from all the other Loud Mouthed Opinionated n00bs that agreed with their POV. And they will have been trained by this shower of thanks to believe the way to act is by being rude and opinionated. Consider this to be like "inflation" except instead of the dollar it's about self-worth. Some n00b with a hundred Thanks that has not solved a single tech problem or posted a single worthwhile tech thread or done anything tech related of merit will have the same "star" status as members that have spent months even years adding to the Fourm. The Political thread in particular is not a value add for TPU in my opinion. It doesn't make me lol...it doesn't make me feel closer to the community...it doesn't bring anything new to the table. It's about people cursing at each other and denigrating each other and regurgitating what they have been fed by the Left and the Right and it's really pretty sad to see it run on and on and on. I am hoping that the Big Wiz will step forward and end this social experiment before the lab rats all start to eat each other alive. Thanks for reading. I hope that we can restore some camaradery and pleasant exchanges to the Forum after this election hoopla is over.