There's dichotomy at work here. The old vs. the new. As users flood in from reddit we're faced with some interesting juxtapositions. One of which is the basic idea of how you enter a community. On the one hand you have the lurk moar crowd, telling you to sit patiently and listen and that, in time, you will learn enough to try to become part of the community. On the other hand you have the see what sticks crowd, throwing out every idea they can imagine and hoping that something results in systemic feedback.
The former preserves tradition through discipline, where the new can learn the culture through careful observation of the old. It's a deterrent to the headstrong but a strong preserver of time tested culture through generations.
The latter cultivates innovation, where new ideas are tried and tested against the systems to see their validity. The flaw, of course, is that the idea is only new in the eyes of the presenter and most attempts are simply echos of the failed ideas of the past.
Trying and failing vs listening and learning. Two methods for inserting yourself into a community and each with their own merits and drawbacks. The question would seem to be, which of these is better, but any close examination would always result in that most frustrating answer, "it depends". And so the real question becomes, what is a system that can adapt the innovation of the latter with the respect of the former?
I'm not sure I have an answer. I'm not sure it matters before currency is sorted. But at least it's an interesting question.