Posted Nov 20, 2003 4:14 UTC (Thu) by stevenj
In reply to: On comment abuse
Parent article: On comment abuse
If a story has 40 comments, few people will read comment number 30. [...] But if the best comments were brought to the forefront by the moderators...
Except that if you look at Slashdot, that's exactly the opposite of what a moderation system often does. The first comments that have even a sliver of information or thought, and responses thereto, are invariably the highest moderated. This encourages people to quickly post superficially thoughtful comments and thereby worsens the problem.
I don't have a good solution, but adding the ability to filter non-subscriber posts would be an interesting experiment.
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