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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: 4, Informative) by TK on Tuesday September 16 2014, @02:59PM

    by TK (2760) on Tuesday September 16 2014, @02:59PM (#94035)

    There has been commercial spam here in the past. I remember some tool AC generating posts about his linux repair website or something. Before that, when it was just the wiki, spam pages popped up almost hourly for a couple of days. They were meaningless computer-generated text ads for some sort of health drink or something. Very long winded, not even coherent, but they hit a lot of keywords.

    Deleting posts seems to be something the staff wants to avoid. Censorship and all that. Those posts get downmodded to -1 pretty quickly in my perception, so I guess that part of the system works.

    Lately, it's been pretty pleasant, aside from the occasional troll/flamebait AC posts that usually get posted on any article where race is even tangentially related, but like I said, those are typically -1 by the time I get to them.

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    The fleas have smaller fleas, upon their backs to bite them, and those fleas have lesser fleas, and so ad infinitum
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