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  •  Well... (4+ / 0-)
    Another of my goals is to eventually host a site where both professional fact checkers and non-professionals engage in fact checking and discourse about fact checking while regularly answering questionnaires about political philosophy.
    You could always look around here for some analysis.

    There's shades of all the different things you mention on Daily Kos. Though it likely wouldn't provide for the control environment you might be after.

    Community moderation is a key component of useful discourse via commentary. The reason these news site comment sections blow-up is because the participants are often emboldened by anonymity.

    They aren't used to conversation within the constraints of an effective community-moderation framework that discourages in near-real time ad hom conversation between participants.




    Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.
    ~ Jerry Garcia

    by DeadHead on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 01:31:08 AM PST

    •  Good idea (0+ / 0-)

      For a general content analysis, yeah, this would be an interesting spot to examine. What I have in mind, however, is to create a structured scoring system for the soundness of political statements (or just their factuality if no actual argument is made), and allow both professionals and non-professionals to use it, and to comment/vote on each other's scoring performance. I'd like to see the effect of comment moderation on the polarity of that system.

      Brash Equilibrium /brASH ēkwəˈLIBrēəm/ Noun: (1) a state in which the opposing forces of snark and information are balanced. (2) a statistician of truthiness at Malark-O-Meter.

      by Brash Equilibrium on Mon Jan 14, 2013 at 10:28:50 AM PST

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