Hey guys- I've just added a new feature that will prevent members from creating a new topic for one week if the member has 2 or fewer reputation votes AND one of the following conditions is met:
1)the last topic created by the member had to be merged by a moderator
2)the rating of the topic is at -5 or lower
Note that for condition #2 to be met, the topic also has to be a non-news item. This is to prevent let's say a member who has 2 or fewer rep votes posting a news article of some writer ragging on the Clippers from getting hit. That topic will likely get a bad rating, but because it has a link in the opening post/the topic-staring post, the member who posted the news is not affected.
To prevent condition #1 from happening, please be sure to post trade ideas in the official trade thread and post your thoughts on the game in the official game thread.
Thanks everyone for your input and cooperation and I hope this feature will help reduce clutter on the main page and reduce the work load on the moderators and myself!