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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: 1) by Tanuki64 on Tuesday September 16 2014, @07:41PM

    by Tanuki64 (4712) on Tuesday September 16 2014, @07:41PM (#94183)

    When I can start answering questions, you know the level of questions has dropped!

    Don't sell you short. This most likely is an illusion. You are just getting better and more experienced, so suddenly more stuff appears trivial.

    Where I disagree is that I don't think SO is still fun. I stopped answering there a long time ago. And when I have a problem, I usually google: ...search word... ...search word... ...search word... -stackoverflow

    I always try to find my answer elsewhere. Searching an answer in SO has become like wading through mud.

    Probably one problem is that it still gives points for asking questions. It is easy to ask 1000 stupid questions, but difficult to give even one good answer. Therefore the 'power' lies with the.... members on the lower end of the quality spectrum.