I don't know about you all, but when I go to look for a new asset to our lovely community, I don't want to search through 30 pages of crap for the real authors.
If you've dug around the greenhouse lately, and I mean SEARCHED ENDLESSLY ON FOR HOURS, you've probably noticed the 20-30 pages of complete spam that is sitting there. If you haven't been, go check it out now.
I love this concept of the greenhouse. It's great for the initial test of a true 'viner, one who will post valuable material and participate often. I like the idea of the old timers deciding the newcomer's fate; will they sink because of their poor articles, or swim merrily with us fishes? I also like the key aspect of the greenhouse: it filters out the spammers.
However, when unregulated, these spammers build up over time, continually adding to the crap pile, until you are facing a daunting situation like the one we have today: there are 30 pages of screen names, presumably all from the same source.
I do give one courteous credit to the spam: it's taking up nicknames that no one will ever type in when they try to join this place. However, this guy, or group of people, needs to stop. I am sick of scanning through all of the "josh typesomethinghere blog" or "Emily putsomecraphere NewsCenter"'s. I want the greenhouse to be about the people who really want to become one of us.
So I propose a solution to this: give the people who are OUT of the greenhouse a little power: the ability to click a trash can next to a user's name in the greenhouse. When that is clicked by one or a certain number of people, the user's material will not be shown in the greenhouse until they do something to prove that they actually want to be on Newsvine for the right reasons. It could be a certain number of comment votes, certain number of groups joined, or something else.
So, who's with me on this?