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 other day, I logged in to PipeDot once again. I was greeted with the option to moderate posts. I've been a registered user here longer than there, and I have never seen an option to moderate posts here (perhaps I overlooked it). The way I experienced PipeDot's model (which may be completely incorrect, but that's how it came across to me) is that you could post and moderate in the same story.The ability to moderate made me feel appreciated, and more a part of its community.It also radiated (to me) the concept "we're all adults here" - no need to pick some and elevate them over others. And I realised the moderation of bash.org is similar.
So, what could be a viable model? Based on the above, I see two options, 1 and 2:1. all logged in users to moderate all posts not made by themselves.
(how I experienced PipeDot and Bash.org)2. all logged in users get 5 modpoints per story, not to spend on their own posts.
(a slightly reduced version)
Just to add: I've had so few options to moderate on this site, that to me, the option to moderate would be something very valuable, to be used only in the utmost important cases. If I see a good post, that already has a +2, I might not spent my treasured modpoints on making it a +3 - even though I think it deserves that.On the other hand, if everyone can moderate, people will moderate as they think is appropriate. And if everyone can moderate, the inevitable "bad" moderations will be undone by others.(it works on Bash.org, and they don't even require anyone to log in to moderate)