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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I find myself complaining from time to time to the "once posted can not moderate" "feature".

Perhaps, the moderation system would be more useful if, instead of just +1 or -1, it could display also positive (for informative, insightful, funny and agree), negative (for inaccurate and disagree) and "go ride" (off-topic, troll and spam). We would still see the total score, but have at hand also a better filtering tool.

The problem now is that even when some comments are insightful or informative it does not mean that I agree with them and things can be funny and off-topic. Even troll comments can carry useful information from time to time.

So, I would propose something you could pick up to 2 options from 3 columns:
[] informative(+1)..[] agree(+1).....[] off-topic (-1)
[] insightful(+1)...[] disagree(-1)..[] troll (-1)
[] funny(+1).........................[] spam (-1)
[] inaccurate(-1)

It would generate a range from -2 to +2. It could also balance out things a bit (like funny but off-topic for those of us without sense of humor).

You could set a spam threshold (like -20 spam tags) that would "freeze" the account) and also a troll threshold (like 100 troll tags). May lighten your duties on this kind of behavior.

We could have the footer display something like:
Reply Permalink Bookmark Score: 1 7+ 5- 1#

Hum, perhaps, a bit too much.

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Neolander Member since:

As an admin account, you can see who voted what on any given post.

While I certainly don't think that the identity of voters should be made public, I tend to agree that it could be good if users could see why a comment was voted up and down.

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