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posted by NCommander on Tuesday April 01 2014, @07:00AM   Printer-friendly
from the now-with-longer-half-lifes dept.
*cough*

Ok, I meant to have an open forum about moderation *way* before this point. I did read the various feedback and comments left on my journal and the last moderation, and have made some changes to the moderation system.

First, mod points now expire after eight hours. I'm willing to extend this to 12 or 16 hours after I'm sure comments will still reach +5 fairly regularly. With luck, we'll get to the point we can extend mod-points to last a full 24 hours which I suspect will end most of the complaining on them vanishing too soon.

Second, I'd like to open the floor to making a more fundamental change to the moderation system. Specifically, allowing people to post AND moderate in the same discussion. We've seen plenty of posts get up to +5, which means 3-4 people gave up their right to post to keep our comments high quality. This was brought up during our last plea for stories, and I wanted to solicit more feedback before unleashing this upon the site.

I've floated the idea on IRC, and it seems there's a fair bit of support for removing the post/moderate split, though we'd need to make some changes to prevent rampant abuse. Here's what was suggested to keep things sane:
  • Mod points won't roll back after a post
  • Moderators can post in the same discussion (either before or after moderating), but can not moderate replies to their posts.

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

 
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  • (Score: 2) by maxwell demon on Tuesday April 01 2014, @07:42PM

    by maxwell demon (1608) on Tuesday April 01 2014, @07:42PM (#24435) Journal

    I think the main problem is that the selection for mod points is asynchronous (if I understand it right). That is, the user accesses the site, and gets no mod points yet. Then, while the user is reading, he gets mod points, but doesn't see them because he doesn't reload the site (there's no need to do so, because he's still busy reading the current version). He may even then quit reading for now. Then, at a later time, he again accesses SN, and gets a message that he has mod points. But they are to expire soon (because all the time they were sitting there without him knowing anything about that).

    I think the right thing to do is to only tentatively give mod points in the asynchronous process, but really activate them only the next time he loads a page (so at that time — the first time he can learn about them — he gets the full period).

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