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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 naubol on Thursday April 03 2014, @02:25PM

    by naubol (1918) on Thursday April 03 2014, @02:25PM (#25572)

    I am sure this will sound facile to many, as it is an idea taken from other social networks, but one of the things I'd really like to see is a way to emotionally respond to a post without intellectually engaging with it.

    The idea would be to have three buttons, laugh, love, cry, and you can click it on any post. It doesn't have to affect karma, although, since there is no *negative* and it doesn't have to affect the view filter, I don't see why it couldn't have a factor limited affecton karma.

    I think this would have the affect of encouraging people to not lurk as *much* in a way that isn't detrimental, and to improve the appeal of the their posts. You can do a running counter of how many laughs/loves/cries you've caused. It would also be nice to see which users did the action.

    This might also cut down on noise over time, as I think there are a fair number of people who post in these situations but don't add to the discussion.

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