Originally Posted by trogdor
I do refer to the post-count when perusing the buying and selling forum; it's a kind of crude heuristic device for helping me to decide whether to paypal money to someone I don't know via a mechanism with no buyer-protection.
With that said, if some other way could be cooked up, that would be cool -- just bear in mind that it is a useful (albeit fallible) measure of reliability.
Interesting observation, but if a member posts a lot, you will likely have seen a number of their posts anyway, and what they have to say will probably tell you more about them than how many posts they have made.
If the member name is unfamiliar, you could (I am making an assumption about the indexing and search engine here) do a search for posts by that member and possibly learn enough about them to make a decision that way.
Just my .02.