Well I went through two very different reactions reading OP's post.
Originally Posted by Ardineck
1) First a positively intrigued one, imagining a mature and responsible OP trying to have an in-depth discussion about a complex but interesting topic and trying to use those powers to protect his thread against people or posts that could reasonnably be considered to lessen the quality of the conversation.
2) Then a horrified one going back to reality and imagining the average forumer using those powers to mangle a conversation by deleting posts not according to their merit but how vigorously they agree with him, closing threads with no regard to the actual direction of the discussion but only on a whim...
So I guess that when you and OP posted that suggestion, you had 1) in mind. But experience suggests that most (if not all) threads would end up in 2).
But as much as we might dream of the "perfect" discussion, it's also the nature of a conversation: it's organic, it goes in directions you didn't plan or even wish for, it has its own ebb and flow, it can spiral down into the gutter as easily as it can shoot for the stars - and it might not be as enjoyable as it sounds to get rid of all that chaos and life. After all isn't that the whole point of talking to other people as opposed to yourself or a robot?
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