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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, Interesting) by quixote on Tuesday September 16 2014, @02:14PM

    by quixote (4355) on Tuesday September 16 2014, @02:14PM (#94011)

    So it's rather meh on reddit, okay on That Other Site, and excellent here (of course :D ). (I haven't been around long enough to mod here.)

    As for training up trolls by downvoting, my feeling is, "Too bad." If there's no way to make spam and trolls invisible, any interactive site becomes unusable. If it sours the dispositions of proto-trolls, well, tough. Don't be, or stop being, a proto-troll. The rest of us have limited time and attention, and worrying about the care and feeding of high maintenance loudmouths is not a priority.

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