Re: Why so much hostility?
I say that the certain spam threads should be identified and configured so that any postings don't count towards your post count. I don't know if this is possible in NVNews' design but the people at FileFront do it with their Spam thread.
The thread "the last one to post ... " springs to mind. If that thread could be configured I would be willing to accept the deduction in my post count.
This will maybe cause people to only post if they something proper to say.
If beer is not the answer, you're asking the wrong question.