Jason and Jody,
WIth all due respect, this is really out of hand. Some of this banter meets every definition of "bully" there is. And there's a lot of instigation going on, too.
Most bullies may not even understand how wrong their behaviour is and how it makes the person being bullied feel. Even through their writing, they can bully. Condescending attitudes also constitute bullying.
Is it possible on the new and improved forum to give each member a profile where one can click on their name and see a "member" rated? The mods could be the ones who "rate" the member by way of reported posts, or warnings from the forum mods. In such a way, one would be able to see the kind of behaviour one is engaged in. It might be the enticement one needs to stop that behaviour. New members coming in would be able to see who they want to avoid, and so on.
Or instead of the star being the reward for the number of posts allow it to represent their behaviour. I personally think this whole 'star' for messages thing makes people feel that they belong to a higher echelon therefore, they get away with more. If it were a reward for long term positive action on the board, it would serve a much greater purpose.
It should be a reward, not a status.
What do others think???