I don't think it matters really either way. Post count tells you very little anyway other than who are the more active contributors. And it is not like this forum's word game section is spammed quite so much as the "other forum" shall we say anyway
To be honest I think that the game post shouldn't be counted as it gives a false impression that a person has been helpful or dedicated to news/issues and other 'meaty' aspects/sub forums.
I'm not going to point any fingers at anyone else because I am guilty of this too but using the game room posts to get that last dozen or so post counts so I could achieve another merit or whatever on the other site. It leads to a myth-representation of the involvement I actually have with the real reason the forum exists – GLBTQ “stuff” like health issues, news issues, dealing and coping with estrangement of family when you come out… the real meat of the forum.
Now I could be wrong, but I think there was a topic a few years ago about how 'unfair' the post count was based on how much people spent most of their time playing games. I think it was two or three individuals who were unhappy about "competing".
Frankly I don't know how Messages, Likes and Points actually work.
The Facebook 'Like' button only gives people the ability to like crap and you can't express your true feelings that you dislike something. So to me "liking" is a stupid thing which does not reflect an accurate count of how people thought I was helpful or not.
Meaning I could have 1,830 likes, but that may be liked by only 20% of the members The other 80% may want to see how well elves burn at the stake…
I think it would best be a 'rating' system, like on a scale of one to 5 how do you feel about what this person said. 1 being "doesn't like the post at all" 2 being dislikes a little, 3 being 'meh', 4 being likes it a little and 5 being likes it a lot.
In the end I think the better forums are just forums without all of these kudos, cakes, bunnies, whatever it is that divides membership.
Besides, we have to think that there will be people coming here later down the road. How can they possibly compete with people with tens of thousands of postings because they have been here for years?