Asked to move this to this forum by Hey I Can Chan and SevenSidedDie after an awful, disappointing and avoidable experience of the RolePlaying Games site. The post was deleted (deleted by Miniman, okeefe, SevenSidedDie♦), the cynic in me thinks "conveniently", which really did not go any way to improving the issues I have with the site.
I hope this isn't many people's experience but the existence of this question says otherwise. I've made some edits to make it more what I mean to say, I'm afraid you can't compare to my original post as it has, as already noted, been deleted. I wonder if it will be deleted from here given I don't necessarily answer a question, just express my opinion. Naughty me.
@KorvinStarmast and @SevenSidedDie: I have to say that I don't think I am someone who is going to get anything meaningful from this site, because of the inbuilt attitude to new people. I have been playing RPGs for nearly 40 years, different systems, different people, different styles, different relationships and expectations. Tried all sorts of different formats and ideas, some worked some didn't. We (my gtoup and I) have developed two RPG's of our own and one of us even published an Ars Magica supplement which we playtested. Kinda been there, done that.
While it is useful to have a forum for exploring the rules of systems, for asking specific "fact" based questions only, I think a community that encourages anonymous, data-less criticism, discourages ANY opinion based discussion and the effect this has on anyone new joining ("adapt to our way or go away" is the message I am getting very loud and clear) rather than being accommodating, open and persuasive is not for me. I really was happy to have found a wide reaching open forum for discussion of games. It seems that's not really what it's purpose is. Really had too much of this kind of self-sustaining negative reinforcement behaviour which unfortunately seems strangely endemic to pockets of the gaming community. It's always seemed a bit like bullying to me, power gaming. Perhaps I am wrong.
So I'm not interested, my attention and time has been taken up with this "meta" rubbish rather than actually joining in on informed debate about games. I have no issues with positive criticism, informed disagreement and would have loved to have had discussions with those who had issue with my posts. I had quite a few interesting comments on many posts before they got "meta-ed".
I'm someone who is really open to new ideas and will always change my position if arguments are persuasive. But what has actually happened has really soured my experience. Others who are not so outspoken as I am may feel the same. I hope not. Anyway life is too short (Ha, re-reading this I should have stopped there, I undermine my stated position by carrying on... hey ho).
I've been a school teacher for years and this system would never get near a decent educational environment, which is not a million miles away from what you seem to be trying to achieve here. But your system has a strong bias toward the use of negative reinforcement, even worse without expecting cues as to what is being done "wrong", to produce your outcomes.
The anonymity makes it all too easy to crack the whip without having to justify your position, especially with the little, but highly significant, detail of not being able to down vote comments. This all might be fine as part of a system, except that in this case it is the stated norm, the expected behaviour, rather than something frowned upon! Wow. Disheartened and amazed. I really can't think of anywhere in real life this would be tolerated or thought of as a good idea. Maybe this is a cultural difference between the UK and the US?
I wish you well, but I will be "closing" my account (again I have undermined my stated course of action here by moving this post, but I am really quite angry with the treatment I have had here, in a forum where I expected to feel at home, safe in expressing my opinions based on so many years experience, and be able to make a positive contribution). Shame. I've had to move away from my regular group players and so don't get to have good discussions about games. Oh well.
ps. @SevenSidedDie thanks for some of your comments.