I've heard various ideas such as limiting it only after mods have expended their points (this will require implementing a cooldown to prevent a user from getting points again too soon). I want to hear your feedback, and I'll roll together something for the next major update of the site. Leave your comments
The average comments per day per article swings anywhere from 10 to 40, and I suspect we'll get to the point that moderation will become absolutely mandatory in the future ...
Unless you have a few people getting the discussions going, everyone else just comes, sees stories with few comments, and goes away without even reading them. I tried for a couple of weeks to make sure I posted on several stories every day, but without the staff making an effort to make the site a success, it becomes demoralising. I'm now back to spending more time reading Slashdot than Soylent (I intentionally didn't visit it at all for two weeks to give this place a chance). And all I see from the staff is twiddling with algorithms, not addressing the fact that your only major community involvement has been to have a temper tantrum in public (which did generate a lot of comments, but not in a good way).
The question been asked in a couple of threads, though perhaps a general QA here is needed on the topic. At the moment, we get on average between 300-400 comments per day, dipping into the 200s over the weekend, and then higher towards the end of the week. Based on Slashdot's public views/comments total, we're averaging about 10% of their traffic w.r.t. to comments per day, though our community is *considerably* smaller (just north of 4000 accounts).
I'm not sure its the site itself that makes it problematic to post, but I'll ask the question.
Also, staff are quite busy trying to keep the site running and move it forward. I assure you the editors make a great effort to read the site as much as possible.
From my own limited experience as an editor, I like to let the comments play out on their own; I try to fade into the background. Hearing that editors should comment more is an interesting development on my end.
The site is still young. Give it a chance to grow as it will. Cripes, at the same age and likewise depending on word of mouth, /. probably had no more than 4000 accounts either.
Since when is twiddling with algorithms not News for Nerds? And don't discredit tantrums, which are responsible for generating 2,219 comments on a single CyanDot post. SN needs those ad currencyUnits!
I'd post more if the Karma Cap was removed :D