Not sure if anyone at GOG is still looking at this thread, but I'll post my opinion anyway...
Even though this forum is still basic, it does seem to have gotten off to a good start. Some points that should be looked at are as follows:
Rep System: I have no problem with it. I know some have said they don't like the down-vote feature, but I look at it tthis way: If someone is offended in any way by a post, then the down-vote instantly removes it from their own view. Also, some posts do deserve to be down-voted, and the option to do that is preferential to someone getting into a flame war. So if it helps stop that, then it might be good to keep.
Forum Sections: As the forum grows, there will be a need for more sections to be added. Even if they're just vague genre sections for games users play that aren't available on GOG.
Moderation: NoooOOOOOoooo! I think these GOG forums have clearly proved that a forum community is quite capable of self-moderating. I've found that most people on here are level-headed and mature enough to deal with any trolling and bad behaviour themselves (the down-rep button helps with that). I've been quite impressed with the gaming knowledge many have here. We have quite alot of veritable gaming gurus on here who really do know their stuff!
A forum loses all character when you install teams of moderators, because then you get the over-sensitive types who report anything to them. So you end up with bans being imposed for the most ridiculous infractions, and no-one likes to post with the threat of an axe over their heads. Not to mention the irritating things that moderators do, like merging, moving and editing threads and posts when they shouldn't. Or sending self-righteous PMs to users. I've known some that have used words like "duty" and "honour" to describe what they do. **eyesroll**
Profanity Filters: Again NoooOOOOooo! Because, as we all know, it can be big and it can be clever to swear, and the users on here seem to be sensible enough to know when, and when not to do it. Of course, you will get the odd teen coming on and swearing away, which is one way of knowing they are just annoying kids. But again, they tend to be dealt with by other users
Emoticons: We really should have them. It stops any confusion as to the tone of a post when people use them. Some don't like them, true. But it does make things easier :)
Preview Post: It would also be nice to have a preview post feature as well :)
Post edited 2 days ago by skeecher