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  •  Yes (none)
    But, troll rating isn't a concept that's understood outside the blogger community.

    Or even within most segments of it.

    Remember a lot of people are going to wander here after having heard a mention of it on the radio, TV, or in a newspaper etc.

    You can't assume net-savvy on the part of a newbie.

    Have you heard of the September that never ended?

    Well it still hasn't ended...

    Perhaps it would be a good idea to block rating for a week just like diary posting is blocked for a week after a person signs up. But I'm not in charge of that.

    But anyway, the point is that it doesn't harm anyone to assume good faith on the part of a newbie, so why not do it?

    •  Yes, but all communities have norms (none)
      and protocol.  Just because we are on the internet and I cannot "see" you, I "hear" you through your words. If I read you enough, I get to "know" you -somewhat. It takes an investment of time to positively interact with a community, so even though this is the internet and everything is instaneous, this is still a community.

      Let's use an example: if you were to walk into a pub, one which you have never frequented, you would not sit down and then presume to begin to criticize the regulars during their discussions.  If you did so, there would be some manner of retribution. Of course, some newbies could handle it better than others, then again, some would cause hard feelings and fights. They get evicted from the pub.

      That is similar to what happens here.

      <div style="color: #a00000;"> Our... constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men's minds. Thurgood Marshal

      by bronte17 on Wed Jan 18, 2006 at 08:18:03 AM PST

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      •  Make that instantaneous (none)

        <div style="color: #a00000;"> Our... constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men's minds. Thurgood Marshal

        by bronte17 on Wed Jan 18, 2006 at 08:19:14 AM PST

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