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  •  something to add to that: (8+ / 0-)

    Don't ever rate a comment (either Rec or HR) without reading the whole thing.

    People have gotten banned (usually temporarily but none the less) for having carelessly rated a comment they didn't read in full.

    For example you run across a long comment, read half of it, and then Rec it, but the part you didn't read goes on to call for assassinating Mitt.  Oops, support for violence, you're outta' here.  

    Or you HR a comment that isn't actually a TOS violation, perhaps you're just pissed off at the comment.  Someone reports the exchange to Admin.  Oops, you just lost your ratings privs.  

    Always read the whole comment before clicking a button.

    Which brings us to:

    Something we desperately need here is an "Ack" button, for "Acknowledge," meaning nothing more or less than "I'm letting you know I read this comment."  That would be used for exchanges of comments where you want to let someone know that you read what they said.  

    It would replace the use of the Rec button to serve that purpose, which is presently commonplace and leads to comments and individuals accumulating undeserved Recs (one of the mechanisms by which trolls get TU status, yes it does happen).  

    The "Ack" button would also enable reserving the Rec button for comments that truly deserve a Rec.  

    And the feedback rating of the comment (the numbers in parentheses) would be a useful guide as to how many people read it vs. how many Recced it: a lot of Acks relative to Recs would indicate that the comment wasn't seen by the majority of readers as being particularly insightful or useful.

    For instance if you got:  (3+/45=/0-) that would show that 45 people read it, only three Recced it, and nobody HRd it:  OK, apparently only 3 people compared to 45, felt it was a particularly insightful or interesting comment.  If you watch your scores over time, you start to recognize when your comments are on target vs. just wasting bits.  This kind of "soft" or incremental feedback could be highly useful in gradually improving the quality of discussions.    

    "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

    by G2geek on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 08:41:30 PM PDT

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