I look at it this way...
Alot of the problems currently aren't due to bad moderation (they do an OK job for the most part). I noticed a decline in valuable contributions once the "Flame Someone = Infraction" under wdywt began, as well as the rampant troll accounts created daily that contribute nothing of substance. I have no problem seeing someone get torn into and vice versa, it's when users that contribute NOTHING to the board do this that it becomes a problem.
I'd like to see bad trolls with multiple accounts IP banned for life.
I'd like to see flaming return to the WDYWT thread as long as seniority and relevancy are takin into consideration.
(it's beneficial as weak posters are either shunned or become inspired to take any relevant advice and put it to use for further fits). If you don't wanna get flamed and think your style is perfection post in the 'Pics Only' thread.
Moral of all this, I think you should have at least 50-100+ relevant posts in the fashion related boards before you can POST in the off-topic board (don't make it private, just make it so only relevant users can post). It's completely polluted with wannabe funny guys who can't even get mom and dad to buy them a camera-phone so they can post fit pics.
I think less moderation and stricter guidelines would serve the community very well. It's seemed to have worked well in the Supreme and Black Scale threads well at least...
Also, we should get sticky threads revived (is this being coded currently? I know since it's not phpbb it may be slightly difficult). Daily Pickups, Wdywt Pics only, Forum Rules, and a Shoutbox thread should be the first thing people see when they enter this board. We're better than what we've became and a renaissance will eventually occur once the OF hype has faded but for now we need stricter guidelines. We're getting trampled on by 14 y/o shitheads.
I don't agree with most of this.
The "Flaming User=Infraction" has been in place for as long as I can remember. I remember it being there when Lefty was a big wig when I first started lurking.
I do agree with your stance on the daily troll accounts/users contributing NOTHING of substance though. IMO, if someone trolls, and you see majority of the users don't think it's funny/shun their trollage, they should be on a watch list of types where if they continue to post non funny/non productive posts then they should be permabanned. I also agree with the the permaban of people with multiple accounts for trolling.
Nowadays, flaming in the WDYW is a little OD, so I agree with Drew. "Back in the day," flaming would last a few pages, then you'd get a few straggler "Lol" or "Dead" pic quotes then it'd be over, now everyone drags it along trying to be the funniest person to troll the guy with the bad fit. That also goes for every other thread in the OT. Boland makes a thread and there's one reply to his actual thread the rest is gay bashing and people trying to be funny trolls. I don't mind trolling but it's definitely OD these days.
I completely disagree with the idea of having a certain number of posts to post in the OT. I can easily go to any other section here that doesn't get a lot traffic and be srs, then come to OT and troll my dick off. Post count/Join date don't necessarily mean anything, BUT in my experience on forums, people with older join dates and higher post counts (more so for the join date than the post count) know the forum "ethics" and how to "behave" in the forum.
I would hate to see HB become like NT. NT is a great forum, but the way Meth and a few of the mods there have it is a little outrageous as far as what's allowed. I'd like to see HB have the amount of productive members NT has and just tweak the moddage just a bit from how it is now. The way you guys mod now is to just lock a thread instead of ban specific non productive/troll members in the thread (i/e Supreme thread). It should be more individualized so that the community doesn't have to suffer, only those responsible for lessening the quality do.
Edit: I'd also like to see a few board changes, stickied threads, a preview option, certain textual things (bold, italics, bigger font size), etc. Just small things.