Gather is a great place with a lot of great people but over and over and over, ad nauseum, people are complaining about the nature and content of the huge number of articles posted each and every day.
First of all, no one wants to read everything but if you are away from your computer you miss most of the articles unless they are posted to one of your groups. And it is impossible to know you are getting everything in your groups because some things are just posted without specifying a group.
Secondly, if you do want to read on specific topics, you almost always have to go through long lists of articles to find the ones you want. A search works a little but if you can't figure out the right word or tag to search you miss them all.
Third, some people are here and serious about some groups but then they see a game or a one line article or something fluffy. So they get uptight over the time wasters. Others hate the religion posts that are all over. PLEASE NOTE I AM NOT SAYING ANY ARTICLE IS BAD - JUST LISTING MY OBSERVATIONS!
Other people can probably add other observations about the issue but I think you get my drift.
So, I would like to suggest that you make some super-groups. In addition, when selecting the groups they want to post too, the writer would categorize their article by category. Make a Politics Goup, a Religion Group, A Gatherfluff Group etc. Anything that isn't posted to a super group is subject to deletion.
No one has to wade through thousands of articles that way unless they want to. I think this would cut down some of the vitriol in certain comments and decrease some of the drive-by ratings. It would be great then if you could also block certain of the super groups if you just aren't interested.
Please think about it. I admit I stole the idea from someone else. I wish I could remember whose idea it was in the first place but I think it is too good to hide in a comment somewhere.