It has been suggested to me that the random thoughts I expressed in Re^3: [OT over OT] Re: [OT] What is "the German Institute for Security in Information Technology"? might merit further consideration here. So, with no expectations, I reproduce it here for that further consideration.
It never ceases to amaze me the levels and diversity of expertise of the people that frequent this place.
Interactions like this just make me wish all over again that this place had an "off-topic" section--despite that I know that it has been discussed and dismissed many times in the past. I can't think of anywhere else I could have gone and got such a quick answer on this subject. The CB just isn't a substitute because its short lifespan means that only a few ever see a question and that excludes most of the monks, most of the time.
Maybe if posts to the section were discarded after some short period of time--say 1 month?
And maybe instead of the posts acquiring XP in the usual sense, voting could be translated into 'keep' votes that after some preset level deemed the post/thread worthy of retaining its disk space.
Ah well. Just another random thought for the bit-bucket.
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