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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: 2, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 16 2014, @01:43PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 16 2014, @01:43PM (#93992)

    I only ever downvote something if it is obviously spam. That's it.

    I never downvote on opinions. If I think someone is wrong, I'll engage them in conversation where they get the chance to change my mind. More often than not, they just demonstrate that they are stupid (by not having a consistent internal logic), but sometimes, you find yourself coming out of the discussion better off, whether minds were changed or not.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 17 2014, @02:18AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 17 2014, @02:18AM (#94351)

    We can mod articles on soylent?

    How come I don't have any mod points?

    • (Score: 1) by Tanuki64 on Wednesday September 17 2014, @02:21AM

      by Tanuki64 (4712) on Wednesday September 17 2014, @02:21AM (#94353)

      Anonymous Cowards don't get any. :-P