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  •  No easy answers. (1+ / 0-)
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    commonmass

    There's always going to be tension between freedom and abuse. Too tight a grip and you kill dissent and valuable views that go against the grain. Too loose and people with dishonest and cheap intent run amok.

    The "big" problem (no pun intended) for us is the raw size of the community. A hundred regulars are much easier to moderate than thousands.

    And while I'm rambling on here, I see another problem: a tone of raw frustration is set not just by diarists, but also by some front pagers. Certainly frustration has a large role in political advocacy, but all too often I see front page postings that cater to raw frustration only slightly less than many of the diaries. Too much cat calling, too much baiting, too much stuff that ought to be more at home on cable TV political porn shows than a thoughtful liberal advocacy site. The diarists see that tone and follow suit.

    IMO, of course...

    "Every now & then your brain gifts you with the thought, 'oh, that's right, I don't actually give a **** about this.' Treasure it" -- jbou

    by kenlac on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 11:23:38 AM PST

    •  PS: I guess a simpler way of saying (1+ / 0-)
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      commonmass

      what I'm thinking is that we need better "tone setting" just as much as we need better moderation. We need some kind of mechanism to encourage the best behavior and writings and discourage the worst, rather than a set of hard and fast rules. Easier said than done. Yes, there are some of those methods already in place, but they seem to be increasingly ineffective, if not downright counterproductive.

      "Every now & then your brain gifts you with the thought, 'oh, that's right, I don't actually give a **** about this.' Treasure it" -- jbou

      by kenlac on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 11:26:48 AM PST

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