Tonight I have added a new feature to the board called the Karma Hack. Well, it is less metaphysical than it sounds, but I hope it will add more interactivity to the Japan Forum. The basic idea is that each registered member will be able to collect "Karma points" by starting new threads and by replying to existing threads. Furthermore, thread owners (members who start threads) receive a given number of points once thread views exceed a certain number. The same applies to the number of replies within a thread. In order to prevent members from posting useless or nonsensical messages admins and moderators are authorized to delete Karma points. On the other hand, they can also grant additional points for outstanding threads and messages. All registered members can comment on other members' posts. If they agree with a message, the original poster will be credited Karma points. If they disagree however, Karma points will be deducted. As far as I can say this modification seems to work fine. A few members have already started to collect Karma points tonight. I still have to think about the exact number of points credited for each specific action and do some cosmetic adjustments. I will post more info tomorrow.