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posted by janrinok on Tuesday July 26 2022, @02:45PM   Printer-friendly

The proposal to enforce AC posting for logged in members only on the main page was promulgated to all staff and members of the board 7 days ago. Thank you to all those who contributed to the earlier discussions and clearly expressed their own views, suggestions and potential enhancements. All are being studied for implementation, if feasible, when staffing and resources permit.

There has been unanimous agreement from all responses received in favour of the proposed restriction. However, it was also apparent that there was a wish that this will be only until other alternative methods of restricting spamming, abuse and other disruptions to discussions can be identified and implemented. This is unlikely to be achievable in the short to medium term; other sites are struggling unsuccessfully with the same problem. The long-term aim remains to include AC posting in all discussions if at all possible

Therefore, beginning immediately, all AC posting on the main site will be limited to registered members who have logged in to their account. We regret that this leaves a number of AC community members unable to contribute as they once did, but anonymity remains a personal choice.

This will not affect discussions in journals which will have no limits and will be open to all.

If there is a demand for it, I will look at alternative methods of publishing a small number of stories each day into a journal.

On a more positive note, there is evidence that because of the recent restrictions on AC posting a significant number of existing accounts have returned and are commenting in the discussions. The quality of discussions (i.e. signal-to-noise ratio) is significantly better than it was several weeks ago. Although we have lost overall numbers of comments, the value of many of those lost comments appears to have been quite low. There has also been a noticeable improvement in moderations being awarded with more positive moderations being given when compared to negative ones. It is too early yet to draw any firm conclusions from other site statistics.


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  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by Gaaark on Tuesday July 26 2022, @04:06PM (1 child)

    by Gaaark (41) on Tuesday July 26 2022, @04:06PM (#1263018) Journal

    I like that it seems to be returning to the discussions we had at the start (lo, these many years ago, and get off muh lawn!).
    Proper discussion and mostly 'nice' conversations.

    I'd like to keep Runaway of old around and wish MDC was still here. I want, even, TMB of old to still be here. Too many members went toxic and i would have too if MDC hadn't been around once.
    Too many AC's and logged-ins became like that Denis Leary song: []

    Let the fun begin! :)

    --- Please remind me if I haven't been civil to you: I'm channeling MDC. ---Gaaark 2.0 ---
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  • (Score: 2) by Kell on Thursday July 28 2022, @03:03AM

    by Kell (292) on Thursday July 28 2022, @03:03AM (#1263371)

    I feel ya. Soylent back in the heady days of Buck Feta was a breath of fresh air - like a terra nullis of opportunity. Nobody knew about SN who wasn't frustrated by the thing the green site had become. We were there because our axes needed sharpening and the grinding wheel was at hand. I hope we can return to that.

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