GB has been very aware that we could use a more "automatic" feedback system for a long time. I think we all are. It'd be great to remove as much of the human equation (namely me), and arbitration as possible. I'm surprised it's worked as well as it has, for as long as it has.
I'm mostly guessing here, but the way I (half-assed) understand it is: The first giant problem to get an "E-Bay style" feedback system (God - what a place to emulate!) is that the program would be an absolute nightmare to write, and he's very literally working himself sick as it is. I'd imagine it'd probably involve setting up a separate server too. Course', who knows, we might have a wiz-kid reading this right now that'll come up with an infuriatingly simple but ingenious solution. I hope he posts it here soon![:D]
Any new ideas are always more than welcome, but this forum is what we've got to work with for the time being.
K-9, I've pinned topics a bunch of times, thinking pretty much the same thing you're suggesting. What usually happens is that it turns into a pissing match, or ends up concentrating on one or two people with 98 posters who want to join the "lynch-mob".[;)]
That's the nature of a "discussion forum", it's not good or bad - it just doesn't readily lend itself to being a a very good feedback tool.
In most "negative" threads, the poster is justifiably angry. But sometimes he, or both parties are so damned mad that they quit making sense altogether, or it turns into a battle of pure determination that they both consider "attrition" [i](please don't float the threads I'm sure we're all thinking about=).[/i] Nobody wins though.
It might be entertaining, but it doesn't make for good useful feedback.
I tried combining usernames so that all the comments for a member would be in a single thread. That almost worked! But there was (obvious) problems with that too. Even if everyone here agreed to do it that way right now, someone would show-up in five minutes & pop a redundant thread. Nobody can keep-up with that, there's just too many people here.
Anyone is welcome to open a generic "negative" feedback thread if they want to.
Who knows - it [b]could[/b] work...
(E-bay - wada a place to emulate!=)