Posted Nov 20, 2003 7:15 UTC (Thu) by proski
In reply to: moderation
Parent article: On comment abuse
Slashdot has a problem of deficit moderation. Moderation points are rare, so "smart" moderators try to use them wisely. Moderating a comment up makes more difference than moderating a comment down, especially if the comment has a high score. If I was to choose between moving some stupid comment from 5 to 4 and moving a good comment from 2 to 3, I'd choose the later. That's why most comments are moderated up, not down.
Of course, no all moderators are good. Some spend their points on the first comments. That's why relatively good comments in the beginning are moderated up. Also, the first comments are judged against the background of really stupid trolls and "first posts", something that can be significantly reduced if anonymous posts are not allowed.
I believe Slashdot is a bad example. It's a site designed to attract crowds of zealots, so it encourages quick posts. It the goal was meaningful discussion, the system would have been changed.
Kuro5hin actually changed its moderation system recently to prevent certain kinds of abuse. That site cares about quality of comments and thus protects the best comment authors from harassment.
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