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  •  Re: Troll Rating and TU status (0+ / 0-)

    To any who would gain TU status: ask yourself why you want it in the first place. I've been a member of dKos since the early Dean days (more than 3 yrs, I would think). I've enjoyed every day of my membership. About a month ago I noticed I had been granted  TU status - mysteriously, since I didn't get any forewarning or explanation of what that means, except the obvious ability to troll-rate messages and see "hidden comments" by other TU's, which I had learned about from reading of other members' messages. It was a curiosity, mildly flattering, but nothing I had coveted or saw any particular benefit in having, and I didn't alter my use of the site at all. Then, several weeks later, I came across a particularly obnoxious, counter-productive comment. I succumbed to the temptation to give the commenter a troll-rating (which I mistook for meaning something like "extremely unproductive"). I know there is a difference between an unproductive comment and one made by a troll, but there are times when the line is not as clear as you might think- the comment just seemed to undermine the whole premise of the diary or article, which I found to be sound. And that was that: the next day I noticed my TU status had been revoked. Do I care? Not a whit. I write this only to let folks know that that if you are granted TU status, and actually care about it, don't troll-rate anyone! The editors may think you shouldn't have. The ability to participate, i.e, read and comment, and recommned diaries and comments, is all that matters to me. It's all that ever did. I'll leave the thought-policing functions to others. I might write a diary on this someday (hopefully not), but wanted to give my thoughts here for the benefit of those new to the site. Don't worry about TU status: if you find a comment obnoxious, very counterproductive or possiblly malicious (and you could be wrong), just make a comment to that effect. Why one should have the added power to troll-rate someone else is beyond me. Let Markos and paid editors do the work.

    •  There's a counter in your profile (0+ / 0-)

      Which is incremented every time you're recommended.  At some arbitrary level that counter's value allows you TU status.

      Slashdot had this same thing, and it used to be listed on your profile as your karma score.  The difference was, only once in awhile did your profile gain the power to rate up OR down.

      But your karma score was only part of it.  It also had to do with how much you posted and so forth.

      I have no qualms about troll-rating someone who I feel is truly being trollish.  We're a self-policing community.  I think I'm a bit more inured to being rated down.  I get down-rated on Slashdot all the time because there are a lot of so-called "Leave me alone" Libertarians hanging around there and they take very poorly to the vacuous stupidity of their political philosophy being exposed.  If I feel I'm being modded down unfairly I post a reply to my own comment and ask the modder why he/she's got no courage to call me out directly.  Works wonders.  Not only do I get to hit back against basically an un-armed assailant, I usually get modded back up.

      Stalin tortured people & held them without trial. Was the USSR safer for it?

      by slippytoad on Tue Oct 03, 2006 at 04:09:20 AM PDT

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