Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 10th Jan 2012 23:53 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes The last few weeks there's been a considerable amount of chatter on the web about whether or not a news website, blog, or some hybrid thereof, needs comments. Since we are working on the next version of OSNews, which means I've been thinking about things like this a lot, I figured I'd pen down my thoughts on comments.
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RE: Comment by Anonymous Penguin
by stabbyjones on Wed 11th Jan 2012 01:14 UTC in reply to "Comment by Anonymous Penguin"
stabbyjones
Member since:
2008-04-15

If I notice someone is being down-voted for making a valid comment I mod them up, I'm sure others do as well.

Having a yes/no system is not a problem it's all about the community that uses/abuses what you give them.

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Anonymous Penguin Member since:
2005-07-06

If I notice someone is being down-voted for making a valid comment I mod them up, I'm sure others do as well.

Having a yes/no system is not a problem it's all about the community that uses/abuses what you give them.


Yes, many do, but not enough.
Human beings will always abuse what they are given, if they can (not all of them, of course).

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Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26


Yes, many do, but not enough.

The problem is if you've already commented then you can no longer vote.

This is also why older comments rarely get voted on when compared with newer comments.

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bryhhh Member since:
2005-07-22

Why not have a moderation system like on the stack exchange Q&A sites. Users on these sites earn reputation from being up voted, the higher your reputation, the more 'moderation' power you have. If you vote down a question or answer, both the poster and your own reputation will be reduced. The site also encourages you to post a reason why you've down voted a question or answer, so that the OP can improve their post based upon your feedback. This mostly discourages needless down votes, however it doesn't stop them, and like your self, whenever I do find down voted questions or answers, especially when nobody has bothered explaining why they've down voted, then I'll counter the down vote with an up vote, except it cases where the down vote was clearly justified of course.

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sorpigal Member since:
2005-11-02

If I notice someone is being down-voted for making a valid comment I mod them up, I'm sure others do as well

I certainly do this. If it's particularly egregious I will also post a chastising comment, which may serve to shame down-moderators and usually Streisand-effect's the post they were trying to suppress as my reply encourages others to take a look and up-mod it.

As long as a few are vigilant the problem is a minor one.

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