After the recent debacle (see Sticky: IMPORTANT: Check Yourself -- above), I think Brian should increase the threshold for creating new Forum Topics/Diaries to 200 MGoPoints.
1) A major reason for the threshold is to prevent a Troll from creating an ID and immediately post a new thread only meant to create a flame war. But, it is easy to post 5-10 comments in an hour. Therefore, it only takes 2-4 hours to reach the threshold and post their garbage. A 200 point threshold would increase this to 20-40 hours.
2) As a deterrent to posting totally unacceptable comments (see same reference above), the current threshold is simply a slap on the wrist. Once banned, it is possible for the banned person to get back on. Again, within 2-4 hours, they are back in business. If it would take 20-40 hours, the deterrent is much stronger.
3) The current threshold can be reached so quickly that it is virtually impossible to recognize that a new user is probably a Troll until it is too late. If it took longer, it may be possible to alert Brian of potential problems with new users.
BTW, this does not limit anyone's ability to join MGoBlog and start posting comments immediately.
And, I am not suggesting this be used for stupid/inane comments. The Up/Down Vote is used to indicate these.