So I have a friend that works at a Gawker Blog which will remain unnamed and I was told by him/her that starred profiles are coming back, what do you guys think?
For those unfamiliar with them basically if an editor thinks you add to the discussion in a positive way the editor can star your profile. Once you are starred any comment you make will be visible to all, those who are not starred will only be able to make grey comments.
Those who are starred can approve grey comments which add to the discussion which will then be visible to all. This new/old feature is being applied due to all the new rape spam that has been posted. When the starred feature was removed a few years ago the Gawker community went haywire, who would have thought we would see it again.