glad that we don't have (public) post count in these forums.
I totally agree with this, it's probably the worst idea forum developers ever came up with.
There is a public post count in Stardockia, just not a prominent one. Right now, it looks like you have 5 OPs and 160 replies.
I think a 'karma' system is a far worse idea than the discrete inclusion of post counts in user profiles. I give karma regularly, appreciate that folks have taken the time & clicks to give karma to me, and wouldn't for a second miss the feature if the devs ripped it out right now.
The 'low end' forum games often strike me as attempted 'karma farms.'