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posted by martyb on Tuesday September 16 2014, @12:58PM   Printer-friendly
from the mod-me-up! dept.

An article posted by Cory Doctorow on Boing Boing http://boingboing.net/2014/09/15/downvoting-considered-harmful.html has interesting insight into moderation:

A study http://cs.stanford.edu/people/jure/pubs/disqus-icwsm14.pdf [PDF] published in a journal of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence found that sites that have a "downvote" button to punish bad comments lock the downvoted users into spirals of ever-more-prolific, ever-lower-quality posting due to a perception of having been martyred by the downvoters.

Cory continues: What's more, positive attention for writing good posts acts as less of an incentive to write more good stuff than the incentive to write bad stuff that's produced by negative attention.

How Community Feedback Shapes User Behavior http://cs.stanford.edu/people/jure/pubs/disqus-icwsm14.pdf [Justin Cheng, Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil, Jure Leskovec]

Why Reddit sucks: some scientific evidence http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/monkey-cage/wp/2014/09/09/why-reddit-sucks-some-scientific-evidence/ [Henry Farrell/Washington Post]

So... do you downvote? if so, why? Does this article make you reconsider your down-modding?

[Editor's note: I offer for your consideration and commentary our very own SoylentNews Moderation FAQ.]

 
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  • (Score: 5, Interesting) by rts008 on Tuesday September 16 2014, @01:42PM

    by rts008 (3001) on Tuesday September 16 2014, @01:42PM (#93991)

    That is also the way I try to use my mod points.

    I don't keep a log, but it seems that out of one hundred mod points, I will usually downmod two or three comments.

    I do get irked when I see moderators using their mod points as '+1-I agree', or '-1- I disagree'.
    So I also mod up interesting or insightful comments I don't agree with, but add value to the discussion.
    Sometimes I find myself having a change of opinion based on some of the comments I did not agree with at first. :-)

    Starting Score:    1  point
    Moderation   +3  
       Troll=1, Insightful=1, Interesting=3, Total=5
    Extra 'Interesting' Modifier   0  
    Karma-Bonus Modifier   +1  

    Total Score:   5