I'm not a fan of the pitchforks/flames, but they don't bother me except for this feature. I think that any system where the negative reinforcement is stronger than the positive reinforcement is likely flawed. It would be nice if positive/negative were treated at least equitably.Negative comments seem to carry significantly more negative points than positive ones, and I'm not just talking about moderators' comments.
Mostly, though, I'm struck by how much time someone put into developing the algorithm... yikes!
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If we can find a good, clean way to programatically add a signature, I imagine we will. It may be that the solution adds signatures to all the unsigned comments going all the way back, or maybe just moving forward. We're still investigating how to pull it off. So far, the only thing we've found would break any time we applied a board update. That gets tedious. And potentially expensive.
And let's keep this discussion focused on the concept rather than any specific comment anyone may have received.
I think that if we can have the option of reporting the truly offensive anonymous comment, say with abusive language, it would go only to the mods and then be up to them to decide how to deal with the offender and, of course, the removal of the comment from the receiver's settings. I realize it may make more work for those who monitor but it would keep flame wars and angry guessing games at least at bay.
We're all (pretty much) grownups here. Sure, people get hurt feelings but after all, it's a message board. We've all got lives, jobs, friends in the outside world that are far more involving of our emotions.
It's Christmas time people, you're bumming me out with all the arguments!
Let's go Devils, all together now!!!!
-Jason "I gave someone a negative ding yesterday for a fairly minor thing... and now I really regret it" Evans
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Eat Mor Jonny.
Very interesting discussion so far. Overall, I agree the system has worked fairly well. I think the point values are reasonable for posts and cumulatives and that the ("mostly respected") mods (HAHA, Jason) wield a bit more influence than others, though I think their minus points are worth about 2X their plus points and with some of the reports I have heard/seen, that penalty may be a bit too heavy handed. Fortunately, I have not experienced any large penalties (please don't get any ideas Bob, Jason, Newton to "test" that hypothesis).
I likewise highly dislike the anonymous negative comment feature and would really like to see that changed/improved. I'd rather debate/argue/discuss one of my posts, whether it be on the forums or via PM and not have someone dump on me and walk away. I do not believe I have ever left a negative comment, signed or unsigned. I have either "walked away" from posts which I find insulting/snarky/condescending, discussed it publicly or via PM, or, if I find it offensive, simply clicked on "feldspar's pea whistle" and reported it. I've even discussed a couple of those with mods and they have agreed with my perception/understanding of said comment and the plan/suggestion to report it.
Now, about how many minutes Quinn should be playing...