Posted Jul 29, 2010 1:59 UTC (Thu) by cesarb (subscriber, #6266)
Parent article: On comment spam
If moderation for new accounts is chosen, you could allow users of old accounts in good standing to see the not-yet-moderated comments (with a different-colored border to make it obvious that they are currently hidden), and also allow them to approve the comment.
This would lighten a lot of the burden on the moderators, and also allow for faster response to legitimate comments (they would not have to wait for a moderator to become available; there should be a lot more legitimate users in good standing than moderators). The fast approval in particular should lessen a lot of the friction of "your comment has been held for moderation, and will be posted whenever someone on a different time zone feels like looking through the backlog instead of watching a movie".
To avoid discussions going into a black hole, posting a reply should also automatically approve the parent comment.
This idea only helps with the legitimate comments "caught in the net"; but I feel causing the least amount of friction to legitimate comments is more important for the health of the LWN community. I will braindump ideas on what to do to non-legitimate comments on another comment.