The gold star ratings are long gone due to members having held spontaneous posting contests trying to pad their numbers with irrelevant posts. The Council would rather have quality over quantity so we deleted the rating system. The problem then went away or possibly with the passing of time, the neer-do-wells grew more mature.
The 'What are Message Board Posts?' Note located below the post entry box contains much that is out of date and we are trying to regain the controls to replace it with something more accurate. Meanwhile we will have to grin and bear it. Sorry.