I am really getting tired of all the "Meta-" articles. The only thing I can see wrong with Advogato is that it allows too many of this type of article. It reminds me of the old "should we allow anonymous cowards" discussions that popped up on Slashdot. Fortunately, *that* issue was decided from the beginning on Advogato. As a result, the articles and discussions (yes even the ones on meta-issues) are much higher quality here.
I use the certification system to "mark" people that I want to learn from or "follow" in some way. In return, I hope that people who certify me are willing to guage my progress. (In the future, maybe those who certify me will want to learn from or follow me in some way.)
I think the current certification system is fine. And I hope it is not changed too radically. And even though I get tired of the meta-topics, I hope change in what is allowed to be posted is not too great either. I liked Raph's idea of a "workshop" area for articles in progress.
Note that this diary entry is a comment on a current article that I didn't feel like posting to the actual article. It is really nice to have an option like that on Advogato. I can get it out of my system and only people who bother to read my diary will care. If you are reading this and it upsets you, that was not my intention. My intention was to vent *without* starting any kind of flame war. Yes, this is a very nice feature of this place!