Effective immediately, there is a new link attached to each comment called "Report." The report button is reserved only for comments that specifically violate the OSNews terms of service located in the OSNews Docs. The plus and minus buttons now become equals - they signify only popularity and measure score the same way, with one change: they don't count for anything. In fact, I'll slowly be migrating the entire site - trust, comment score, moving average, etc - to be aware of "reports." Furthermore, in the not-too-distant future, we'll be introducing a public review of reports so that you can vote on whether or not the "reports" are fair and help us balance out unfair reports.
Most of this will occur behind the scenes and be invisible to you. Of course, it will take time to adjust the viewing preferences and some other areas of the site. We have always been very tuned in to user feedback, and we think this is a good way to be fairer and put to bed one of the complaints we hear most often. It's just one of the many changes we have in store over the next few months.
This is all very experimental, and if things don't work out, we may suddenly revert to the old system. Also, if we need to make tweaks to things, we will. Rest assured, we will not discard your history, your trust, or your earned status in our community, although you may see some shifting of the tides as less popular but good-citizen comments and users are tolerated increasingly.
As always, your topical feedback is welcome in the comments.