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  •  re: zero rating (4.00)
    you have to achieve "trusted user" status to give a zero rating.  whenever you get there you'll have that as an option.

    however, if you're referring to adamkhan's post, i'll have to ask you to re-think that, as well as michael in chicago.  if you really think that adam is a troll, you should give him a 1 as you already have.  that means that the post is contributing nothing to the discussion. if you just think that the post sucks, you should use the 2 (marginal).  if the only reason you want to downrate the post is because you disagree with it, you should leave it alone, no matter how strongly you feel. many people even give 3's and 4's to posts that they disagree with if they're well written and contain good points.

    but zero ratings are for "super-trolls".  that is for posts that should be removed from the thread for one reason or another.  these are usually from known trolls who are getting flustered with continually losing arguments to the superior intellects of kossakistan and are just trying to disrupt the threads as best they can with profanity-laden and content free gibberish.  or it could be used to edit out something that should never have appeared in the first place - let's say some poster resorts to posting porno pix some night.

    adamkhan's post in another thread where he says nothing but just posts a link to adam "nuke the al qaeda navy" yoshida would be a reasonable candidate for a zero rating.  but his post on this thread is actually worth addressing, not suppressing.  even if 99.9% of his DNA is from critters that live under bridges...

    so now the facts are partisan?

    by zeke L on Sun Jun 13, 2004 at 07:31:38 PM PDT

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      His post drew forth some great responses. If its rating falls below zero, those responses disappear with it. So even trusted users should give it a one or a two (or maybe even a three).
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      the infamous "trusted user" status...  heh heh.  i stand by my decision with a 1.. i haven't given too many 1s on this board but that torture position seemed virtually indefensible.  in any event all the trusted users have to rate it below 1 anyway for the discussion to be silenced.. so i didn't feel the 1 really hurt that much.  

      i suppose you have to put a lot of diaries and a lot of tip jars for that honor!

      thanks again,

      Bush must not be elected in '04!

      by esherard8 on Mon Jun 14, 2004 at 07:08:05 AM PDT

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