Hi hi everybody. A Random American told me about this forum! He said that there aren't many members but my threads probably won't be deleted. Figured what the heck!
Random American and I are both members of another forum where my threads were regularly locked for what I considered to be stupid reasons. The mods and I clearly disagreed about the usefulness of my threads.
Here are the three main ways that a group can make determinations about usefulness...
I'm pretty sure that this forum is a dictatorship. The assumption isn't that the dictator will always make the best decisions about the usefulness of things. The assumption is that it's no big deal if the dictator gets drunk and steers this website into an iceberg.
What's funny is that nobody assumes that democracy would do a better job of steering this website. Yet we use democracy to decide who steers an entire country?
My best guess is that the market is the best way to decide the usefulness of things. Let's say that some members of this forum hate my threads and want me banned. They could simply donate money to this forum. If my side didn't donate more money, then I would get banned.
It should be readily apparent that each of these three very different systems can't be equally effective at determining the usefulness of things.