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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2 cents worth
by StephenBeDoper on Wed 11th Mar 2009 17:03 UTC
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The main problem I see with the current moderation system has more to do with its anonymity. I frequently see posts that are fairly mild / uncontroversial (to my eye, at least) - but are also modded-down and have no replies.

Based on that, I would guess that there are a decent number of users here who down-mod in order to anonymously "punish" or bury posts/posters they disagree with. I'm also guessing that said practice is contrary to the way that the moderation system is intended to be used (at least, I see no "Just to be petty (-1)" option in the moderation options).

If the admins here have no problem with that behaviour, then I would suggest giving up on the notion that it's a moderation system - rather than a purely-subjective rating system.

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