Reputation is forged through interaction with the community. There is no other way to gain it, and in the ever so important world of the Internet, people seem to clamour for it. For the most part, it is to see whether you even affect the community when odd discussions pop up. New comers usually see a correlation with the popular and those with a high post count. They do not need to be liked, simply known. Newbies then consciously or not believe that there is correlation with post count and respect, as they crave attention.
My suggestion is the removal of post counts to save the community at ST. Post counts for true members tend to be benchmarks, rather than any sort of social currency. Those who believe that spamming will give them reputation do so for the number next to their name, not those who are truly into the community and therefore post frequently. These interactions are culture, and culture is vital to identity. History is a part of identity and therefore culture; what is that for us internet denziens?
Posts. Not our post counts, but our individual posts build our character and our history. While revision to history is sometimes needed, complete eradication is detrimental to the character of the culture. Secondly, because our history is built upon the interactions between members, forum wipes completely destroy users. Without any memory of the event, or the ability to even search for previous words or deeds, ST lives without character.
How can this be remedied? Remove post counts, as the only reputation will be how much time you spend on the boards, rather than any stupid thinking that more posts are better. This will lessen the need for wipes, as people will post less to create quality posts to be remembered, rather than placing their hopes on identification through repetition.
A second possibility is that a Reputation meter could be used, where the higher your reputation, the heavier you can influence other's reputations. Therefore, people can be trusted on their posts rather than their post count. With these measures in place, ST could simply have a bot auto clean any threads that have been inactive for thirty days, fifteen for locked posts.
I hope the moderators can understand that I write this post because I want to be able to look up our history, rather than relegate it to memory that will fade. ST is seen as a Manga download place with a forum. By placing intelligent design into the forum, ST will further its legitimacy and therefore legitimize its goals. Whether that be to truly bash Tazmo or to create the best Manga download site on the Internet.