Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 10th Jan 2012 23:53 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes The last few weeks there's been a considerable amount of chatter on the web about whether or not a news website, blog, or some hybrid thereof, needs comments. Since we are working on the next version of OSNews, which means I've been thinking about things like this a lot, I figured I'd pen down my thoughts on comments.
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Mod for the people, by the people.
by Bounty on Thu 12th Jan 2012 19:59 UTC
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I'm not a fan of dictatorships. I've seen several instances of mods targeting specific users just because they disagreed with them. Ocassionally it blows up and a mod loses thier power, but not often, since mods often are tight with the site leadership. Also people are afraid of said mod taking it out on them, so they stay quiet.

I think the sort of... democracy you have here works much better. About the only change that might help those truly paranoid about fale negative votes, would be a free (once per user per post?) upvote category called "Not Trolling/Spam" that's only available on -1 posts. However, I don't think that's really necessary, as most -1 posts I've seen belong there, and the rest I'd upvote anyways.

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