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  •  Excellent question (4.00)
    At a minimum, "Each of us should try to follow these standards when posting."  A standard of courtesy.

    Surely, "The dKos community should accurately rate comments that break these standards."  They should not uprate to 4 diaries that break these standards.  But, in most cases, they should not troll-rate them either.  A rating of 2 or 3 is the least used.

    Troll-rating should be for posts (not people, posts) that unnecessarily seek a fight just for the purpose of fighting--that are intended to initiate a flame war.  Regardless of opinion or ideology.

    And frontpagers should retain the ability to purge diaries.  They should use this ability sparingly, but it is the only defense for troll diaries (those that seek to provoke a fight for fight's sake).  And for diaries that spam the diary list, persisting in continuing an unproductive controversy that has been discussed to death in fourteen other diaries over the previous five days.  We have to trust their judgment in these cases and hope that they are few and far between.

    And Kos should retain the ability to put certain people in short-term timeout or to take away their IDs when they engage in repeated spamming on issues, multiple duplicate diaries, or attempts to otherwise disrupt the site.  I know of three cases in which Kos has done this.  They are gratefully very few and were for serious issues.  We have no choice but trust his judgment on this.  As many have said, it is his blog.

    The revolution starts now--in your own back yard, in your own home town

    by TarheelDem on Sat Aug 06, 2005 at 06:57:09 AM PDT

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    •  I'm about where you are (4.00)
      Flaming newbies for comments and diaries that don't quite live up to these standards is probably counter-productive. We should encourage, rather than enforce, these standards (and I prefer 'etiquette' or some other term rather than the someone ominous 'standards'). We will all get better at honoring them over time.

      I've got blisters on my fingers!

      by Elwood Dowd on Sat Aug 06, 2005 at 07:06:45 AM PDT

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