We are going to try an experiment.
Starting today, when you sign up for Hubski, you will be able to comment immediately, but you cannot post until you have earned your first hubwheel.
Importantly, there are now three ways that you can earn your first hubwheel:
1. As before, if your commenting activity is appreciated by the community, you will gradually earn a full hubwheel.
2. If one of your comments is badged, you will earn a full hubwheel.
3. If someone with a hubwheel chooses to, they can promote you to a full hubwheel at any time.
For those of you that have earned one or more hubwheels, you will now see a 'promote' link over the comments of new users. Simply click on it to give them a hubwheel.
As always, feedback is much appreciated.
EDIT: I don't think that 'promote' is the best word. Definitely open to suggestions there. Circledot?
I have signed up just to endorse this. I've been lurking for entirely too long, and as a random browser I've been assaulted with entirely too much spam, yet knowing that those who are signed in see none of it. I was lucky to run across hubski through some random link or else I'd never know that there are many intelligent and creative people here. The face hubski shows the public is definitely marred with spam the insiders cannot see. Edited to complain that entirely was entirely used too much. Entirely.