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I have said this before, for example, here [soylentnews.org] and here [soylentnews.org].
Don't get me wrong! I love this site and appreciate all the effort put in it. Slashdot has been going down in quality ever since the beta fiasco that was the reason for the birth of SoylentNews, and Bennet Hasleton, and Dice articles. But what they have going is lots of people discussing articles and arguing and flaming and trolling. In other words, the community.
As I said in the links above, SoylentNews has to continually attract new people, so that enough of them would post stories, comment on them and moderate. Otherwise, some will leave slowly and the site will slow down considerably.
Moderation participation is a problem. Look at most articles, nothing moderated above 2 on most articles. Why? Low participation.
What can be done about it? Attract more people. How? That is the question ...
The giving everybody mod points every day seems to have helped. If it turns out to not be enough we can always bump the number of points.
Personally, I can't tell if it helped or not. My empirical observation is "how many comments are modded 4 and higher". I see some articles pass this threshold, but other articles have 3 or 4 comments in total.
Obviously, the site team can dig deeper into the database and do total number of comments per week, how many modded above 4 from the total, ...etc. and compare week to week. If this can be done, or a variant thereof, then it would be a better measure than my guess. Perhaps a monthly report that is posted somewhere?
Yeah, not a bad idea. I'm personally more concerned with bad downmods than lack of upmods but that's a personal peeve.
I'd planned on doing up a "the month before" and "the month after" mod changes but if paulej72 wants to run some queries while I'm on leave I've got no beef.
I'd say we have the better community even if there are more people on the old site. If we're to attract more people. then everybody who feels Soylent is a worthy effort should simply contribute more. More code, more money, more stories, more moderation, more comments. And finally we need to give it more time.
On the other hand a small, high quality forum is better than a large, low quality.