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:

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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I can't imagine how you would do that effectively. It's standard for web-based signup systems to disallow creation of new accounts that use an EMail that's already associated with an existing user account. But I've literally encountered middle school children who had multiple EMail accounts - so I doubt that would present any real obstacle to the typical OSNews reader.

And if you did it by IP address instead, then you run into the problem of false-positives - since having multiple computers behind a single IP address is the norm these days (E.g., I'm relatively certain that my roommate has an account here, and we both use the same internet connection).

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