Maybe a topic can be rated based on the average of the posts inside it? A topic with lots of +posts is rated good or better. A topic with lots of -posts is rated negative, and anything else is normal.
I like this. In general I also do not believe that following a thread means it's actually interesting by itself. When the thread makes for good discussion, I believe people tend to just upvote the OP. Rating the thread based on the average of votes and adding that just to mark the thread instead of adding that reputation to the OP seems like a good idea.
I really like the fact that a pool was opened to see how people generally act. This kind of thing is what makes gd.net a good place to be.
Edited by Arthur Souza, 13 November 2012 - 06:15 AM.