[Reposted from old comment system, from Crystal on Tue, 13 Oct 2009 23:39:47 0000]
I agree with Carl -- one possible solution may be to start another "new" thing. You know. A place like old-school Usenet, but more visible to the public eye ... With a main selling point being that it's about intelligent moderation, not fearful, sloppy moderation. You're right that people DO need a place like that. I, too, miss old-school Usenet.
It's funny, too. No matter how heavy-handed new-school moderators are, they will NEVER come close to killing all the spam on the Internet. But they could definitely do a big chunk of damage to innovation.
I volunteer to support and pimp the revitalization of old-school, intelligent moderation. Who wants to start a fan club? Or maybe we should start handing out lessons and certifications ... Then, it may again be uncool to be a heavy-handed moderator.