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

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 Reziac on Thursday April 03 2014, @02:28AM

    by Reziac (2489) on Thursday April 03 2014, @02:28AM (#25297) Homepage

    And confirming the new reduced-font-size bug noted before. (Font returns to normal when the "Comment Submitted" page comes up.)

    Anyway: I suspect people who like to downmod also do a lot more of it. So, yeah, downmod being more 'expensive' might not be a bad thing -- might discourage groupthink.

    Well, you can always try it, and if it has unforeseen consequences, then ditch it.

    [We've kinda been taught by That Other Site that any change WILL be set in stone and will never ever be backed out. :( ]

    And there is no Alkibiades to come back and save us from ourselves.
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  • (Score: 2) by NCommander on Thursday April 03 2014, @05:33AM

    by NCommander (2) Subscriber Badge <> on Thursday April 03 2014, @05:33AM (#25347) Homepage Journal

    The purpose of my posts is to show that we aren't going to be other site 2.0, and that we intend to build a community, through and through.

    Still always moving
    • (Score: 2) by Reziac on Thursday April 03 2014, @01:35PM

      by Reziac (2489) on Thursday April 03 2014, @01:35PM (#25514) Homepage

      And there was much rejoicing! :D

      And there is no Alkibiades to come back and save us from ourselves.