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posted by on Friday August 25 2017, @11:26PM   Printer-friendly
from the we're-really-big-time-now dept.

Welcome, new trolls! We're pleased as punch to have you aboard, unfortunately as you may have noticed our moderators are unable to give you the moderations you've been working so hard for. Since we can't really do much about people not moderating more, we're going to be giving out more points so that the ones that do can give you the attention you so desperately crave.

Moderators: Starting a little after midnight UTC tonight, everyone will be getting ten points a day instead of five. The threshold for a mod-bomb, however, is going to remain at five. This change is not so you can pursue an agenda against registered users more effectively but so we can collectively handle the rather large uptick in anonymous trolling recently while still being able to have points remaining for upmodding quality comments. This is not an invitation to go wild downmodding; it's helping you to be able to stick to the "concentrate more on upmodding than downmodding" bit of the guidelines.

Also, this is not a heavily thought-out or permanent change. It is a quick, dirty adjustment that will be reviewed, tweaked, and likely changed before year's end. Questions? Comments?

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  • (Score: 2) by stretch611 on Saturday August 26 2017, @02:15AM (3 children)

    by stretch611 (6199) on Saturday August 26 2017, @02:15AM (#559230)

    Trolling may be attention seeking and even downmods may excite trolls.

    However, when the get downmodded to the point that they are no longer seen, the reverse is true.

    Now with 5 covid vaccine shots/boosters altering my DNA :P
    Starting Score:    1  point
    Karma-Bonus Modifier   +1  

    Total Score:   2  
  • (Score: 2) by Arik on Saturday August 26 2017, @03:18AM

    by Arik (4543) on Saturday August 26 2017, @03:18AM (#559257) Journal
    But that doesn't happen (depending on the readers settings.)

    For instance I turned off notification of anonymous replies to cut spam, but when I load the article I still see all comments. A negative rating is functionally equivalent to small positive ratings, only the highest rated comments are different.

    Not sure on the numbers but I'm sure I'm not the only one that does that.

    If laughter is the best medicine, who are the best doctors?
  • (Score: 2) by Reziac on Saturday August 26 2017, @03:27AM (1 child)

    by Reziac (2489) on Saturday August 26 2017, @03:27AM (#559260) Homepage

    I have a troll follower on Gab whose mission in life is to achieve more downmods than anyone else (apparently there's a competition going on somewhere in the deep dark where I haven't looked). He's sometimes quite funny so I forget myself and mod him up, then have to give him two downmods so he's happy again.

    And there is no Alkibiades to come back and save us from ourselves.
    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 27 2017, @09:05AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 27 2017, @09:05AM (#559751)

      That's why I went full time AC: no followers! Not that I myself was followed, but I've seen it done to others.