I stumbled on the site by way of a Google alert.
As such, I came in the back door, saw a question and answered it without a context of the purpose and goals of the site. Also without any guidance on the 'gaming' aspect or the meta vs. regular site.
I was actually very confused at first, in navigating the site and didn't understand scores which were up and down from day to day and my navigating between the meta and regular site.
I am sure there must be something I missed along the way, but many folks my age would not persist through the navigation confusion.
If you don't understand that meta is a different 'site' then it confuses you when your articles and comments disappear and you scores are changing.
Since you are a new user, your first assumption is that you did something wrong and someone deleted it.
I still don't really understand much of the meta-motivation for the site. It is a site, that wants to attract professionals... why?
If I were an expert theologian, who was paid to produce publications from time to time. If my reputation was dependent upon my written work...
Free contribution here would be counter-productive to private publishing.
Contributing original thought here, would put me at risk of accusations of plagiarism when that work has been edited by others, but I use my own contribution later in publishing.
My professional reputation is placed at risk by casual conversation that does not go through the editorial process before being made public.
I have to own up to corrections made by others.
I'm not sure how this is a friendly environment to the professional theologian.
Most I have talked with personally are reluctant to make public comments off the cuff for those reasons. They are great for rehashing their published works in formal presentations, but usually tell you to read their book when discussing it privately.
Anyone who studies the Bible will find that their conclusions drift with time as they understand the scriptures better. This forum locks them in forever, which may even put pastors at risk for future assignments.
You already know that I am the oddball. What I have been given I freely give. I really do put the scripture first and am readily willing to be corrected by it. Those with denominational obligations and dependencies cannot be so free. Those professionals with any degree of notoriety are at most risk in participating. I am a target simply because of the extraordinary claims I make. I have no income derived by sharing the gospel, no reputation to make or keep. I have nothing to lose by sharing.
If a plumber publishes professional insights he gains reputation. If a theologian does, it only makes him a target, by the very nature of theology.
The navigational barriers are things that can be overcome. I think the environment that theologians live in has to change before that barrier can be removed here.