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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) by q.kontinuum on Tuesday September 16 2014, @01:57PM

    by q.kontinuum (532) on Tuesday September 16 2014, @01:57PM (#94005) Journal

    Usually I do this when someone is obviously trolling, when something appears to be totally overrated (I might mod down from 4 to 3, so still the author gets positive overall feedback), or when something is totally racist. I'd appreciate if others would mod the same way, because I think this keeps the signal to noise ratio on an acceptable level and makes soylentnews more enjoyable. Restraining from modding obvious trolls down is not helpful.

    Different way around, I try not to take a bad moderation personal. Obviously there will always be some moderators who moderate according to their preferences instead of validity of argument, intelligent arguments are not always understood by everyone and humour and sarcasm are very easily misunderstood as well. Oh, and sometimes I just fuck up and am happy if people downmod it fast enough to hide it from as many eyes as possible, or I need someone to mod my post down to indicate that my sense of humour might actually be hurtful ;-)

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