I totally understand how you feel. This is pretty well my point of view, however I also belong to another site, where it is "suggested" that each poet respond to 2 posts, be them poems, art, or anything else, before originating a post. At first, it got the reply count way way up, but slowly, people started getting annoyed with the restriction, even though it wasn't enforced. As a result, we have lost about 40 originating posts per day, which is, needless to say, a lot.
So, I see both sides. Personally, the same poetry that I post here receives, on average, about 3-6 replies, whereas at the other site I receive 8-15 replies.
All in all, it's not going to matter what we say or do. :p People will do as people will do, but I do agree with you for the most part. It is aggrivating to see someone with 17 originating posts and 24 total posts.
Ok, there's my rant for the evening.