posted by Anonymous Penguin on Tue 3rd Mar 2009 10:21
Conversations So, here I am again. It is, how many years since this moderation system was created? And how many zillion times I have complained?

But basically the problem is still there, identical.
You don't get modded down because of one of the "legal" reasons, but because some A$$hole doesn't like your opinion.
Let's see the latest instance:

http://www.osnews.com/permalink?351338

What is wrong with that? Is it trolling? Hardly, unless I am not allowed to say that I regret the rebranding of Firefox and Thunderbird and the disappearance of Seamonkey.
Is it off-offtopic? I can't see how.
Is it inaccurate? Again, I don't see how, considering that I am expressing only an opinion.

Or is it maybe that some *buntu kid can't stand me me calling Debian "the top distro, bar none"?

Whatever the explanation, the moderation system still gets abused.
No wonder when some people have less than 50% positive moderations.
For those who don't care to read my profile, mine is 85%.
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by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 3rd Mar 2009 11:26 UTC
Thom_Holwerda
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2005-06-29

You can keep on complaining, and we'll keep on patiently explaining that the moderation system is designed to thwart stuff like this.

We have complex algorithms in place that deal with this sort of thing. Stop looking at your individual comments, and look at your averages. The system has been designed NOT to be influenced that easily. Personally, I know that a select number of individual routinely moderate down my posts, but I'm not freaking out because I know it doesn't matter, it doesn't change my average standing one bit.

The same applies to everyone else. User Kaiwai was systematically moderated down by a few individuals for weeks, maybe months on end - and it didn't have any effect on his standings whatsoever, because the moderation system detects such behaviour, and deals with it. The system is a lot more complex than you think.

Just because someone gave you one down moderation is no reason to start crying. The moderation system is working as good as it'll ever will, and if you can't handle a single measly downmod, then you have much bigger issues.

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