I like the system, sorta, but I see a few contradictions and abuses that concern me. Here are a couple:
1. Cliques can vote en masse and not only pummel those with whom they disagree, but give themselves tons of positive votes, too, turning them into "upstanding citizens" with high point totals.
2. If a person is highly critical of another poster, it seems to get positive points. If, however, a person is critical of OSU or MSU, the post seems to get negative points and the person who criticized the poster gets positive points. In other words, you gain points for abusing a fellow UM fan, but you lose points for abusing your two biggest rivals.
I really wish that the system would somehow be tweaked so that only trolls were downgraded. As it sits right now, there is vitrually no difference between being a troll or being a UM fan whose opinion or persona isn't in agreement with a small portion of the community.
I'm all for neutralizing trolls, but no point system is really needed to do that. All a point system really does is turn fellow UM fans at a discussion forum into competitors and gives a small segment a tool to play anti-social games that most of us quit playing once we got to college.
Mgoblog had a repuation as the best of all of the UM-themed blogs just as it was; I don't see a tweak of this magnitude as being the least bit neccessary to retain its lofty status.
If anything, the point system will make people more afraid to give honest opinions because of being penalized for them by those who disagree. I really don't think that making people afraid to give an honest opinion about their favorite team should be the goal or end result of any forum.
Most of all, if the last few days of posting are any indication, the long-range effect of the point system will probably be to reduce diversity of opinion. Those who are savvy and want to get points by "fitting in" will see that being an echo chamber with a keyboard is the best way to do that.
I truly hope that the system is either scrapped or at least tweaked so as to eliminate the possibility of people being cyber-trashed for dissenting opinions or mindsets. I think that the collective intellect of any community is best demonstrated by its tolerance to diverse and dissenting opinions. Right now, intolerance, being in a clique, and parroting are being rewarded while diversity is being penalized.
I think Brian deserves a better outcome for all of the time, passion, and work he has put into this blog. Most of all, though, I think an intelligent community deserves better.