Posted Nov 20, 2003 22:38 UTC (Thu) by malor
In reply to: Paid comments
Parent article: On comment abuse
I think, overall, I agree with this stance the most: be draconian. Subscriber-only
posting is fine. It's not like LWN is expensive, and as
others have pointed out, by the time the non-subscribers can comment on the
important topics, the subscribers aren't reading it anymore anyway.
I like the comments here because they are so thoughtful and interesting.
Restricting the pool of people who can post (to those who have recognized that
the site is worth paying for) seems like a good way to preserve that.
Implementing a complaint button might be a good idea, for the off chance that a
troll decides to subscribe. And this would help delay the hardware
upgrade; the longer you delay on these things, the better, since hardware is
always cheaper or faster the longer you wait.
This discussion, itself, is subscriber-only content, and look how good it is. As
someone pointed out, however, it might be smart to put it where non-subscribers
can chime in.... the last defense of the accused. -)
Finally, to the user who said that limiting to subscribers may create a knitting
circle effect.... that can happen in self-selecting groups, where existing members
ar the ones who choose new ones, but the subscription method is very
democratic. Anyone who wants to pony up the $10/mo is in. That should
prevent feedback problems.
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