Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 12th Feb 2007 21:15 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes After weeks of hard work, I would like to introduce you to version 1.0 of the "OSNews Style Guide: Rules and Guidelines for Publishing and Participating on OSNews" [.pdf]. Read on for some small notes on what this actually means.
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RE[5]: Fighting a losing war
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 12th Feb 2007 22:49 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Fighting a losing war"
Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

Just look at OSNews as it is today, ronaldst. There are a lot of "Why was my comment modded?" kind of posts, including ones from you. This sort of thing will only INCREASE if you allow people to see who modded them.

This will NOT be a feature on OSNews as long as I am around. As simple as that. I'm fairly flexible on new features, but this is a 100% no-go.

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RE[6]: Fighting a losing war
by CrazyDude0 on Tue 13th Feb 2007 04:19 in reply to "RE[5]: Fighting a losing war"
CrazyDude0 Member since:
2005-07-10

Thom, transparency is usually a good thing. There are people here who vote comments up and down but pretend that they did not vote your comment. Being transparent gives you a sense of responsibility because people see what you do.

I think the modding system should be transparent and show who is modding you up/down.

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RE[6]: Fighting a losing war
by Blikkie on Tue 13th Feb 2007 12:50 in reply to "RE[5]: Fighting a losing war"
Blikkie Member since:
2005-08-16

That is true. I browse OSnews at -1, so I see a lot of those questions, and usually they are non-constructive, annoying and more likely than not, the cause of a flamewar. I would almost make it a seperate reason to mod question down, but usually it is covered by offtopic.

I DO notice that I find it very hard to consequently moderate OSnews, even though I have plenty of mod-points. It is a chore that demands a lot more concentration than just filtering as I read.

A lot of reactions aren't wrong per se, it is just that they are slightly polarizing or don't have much news to offer compared to other posts in the thread, and not even slashdot, with years of metamod experience has completely fixed that, even though their signal to noise ratio is bearable these days.

I am goofing off, ranting now, but I have thought a bit about moderating systems, on forums, and within games and it is tough material.

Maybe posts shouldn't have a score displayed, but just a colour that ranges from red to green. Moderators just get the option to moderate up or down once, and metamoderation of samples would have to judge if a person tends to judge from a standpoint of agreement or a standpoint of quality (or sense of humor, that is important too sometimes).

People who have high quality posts and votes will flip the scales more easily, while people will retain a sense of democracy. I will try to write up a bit more in the train if you like.

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