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  •  To any new Kossacks out there (none)
    Don't strive for trusted user status. Unless you have some sort of Ashcroft complex there is no real benefit to it. You will add much more value to this site if you feel free to post a controversial opinion that you feel strongly about and will challenge other users to think differently.

    We're not scaremongering, this is really happening

    by Karma Mechanic on Thu Nov 18, 2004 at 03:12:33 PM PST

    •  I like TU status (none)
      Not because I'm some kind of a power freak or because I like troll-rating people into oblivion, though.

      For me it's about site functionality.  As Hunter notes in his diary, every comment below a hidden comment is also hidden, and I find many great insights and good conversation under a troll-rated comment.  I like to keep seeing those.

      Also, I am one of the few who do dig in to the "hidden comments" section to mod up unfairly hidden posts.  I try to do it at least every other day, if not daily.  It's a responsibility I take seriously.

      •  I hadn't thought of that. (none)
        Before I got TU status I watched a post "disappeared" off a diary and didn't understand why. It was quite upsetting at the time because I felt a valid voice was squashed because they dared to disagree with the majority.  

        While I didn't agree with the opinion of the poster, I also didn't feel the post deserved to be "whacked"; it was a simply a different point of view, and in my opinion, legitimate.

        I hadn't realized that a TU could save a post like that from fading into oblivion.

        Thank you for pointing this out.  

        In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican. H.L. Mencken

        by mentaldebris on Thu Nov 18, 2004 at 04:45:56 PM PST

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        •  Great! (none)
          Will some brave soul please "undisappear" postive comments I made about Hillary Clinton as a potential candidate in 2008? A certain Kos "trustee" (who shall remain nameless) has great pleasure in rating any comment I make about her a zero.
          •  Merrily we troll along, troll along, troll along.. (none)
            Need a link to your comment to untroll it.  Oh wait, it's disappeared!  Hmmm.  Conundrum alert!  How DOES one do this?  Search through all the disappeared ones?  Yeesh, sounds like a job for Sissy Spacek!
          •  hmmm.. can't find any disappeared comments (none)
            I just searched through all the troll-rated "disappeared" comments and there is not a single one in there by you.  There was a LOT of other ooky stuff, though.  I don't think I'm going to do that again anytime soon! brb...I gotta go wash my hands.
      •  agree (none)
        on the responsibilty part.  The symbolic issues/value around TU I find silly, and I wouldn't care one way or another if my TU went away, it wouldn't change anything really (except I wouldn't have to wade through the hidden comments every two or three days the way I now feel a obligation to at least check and make sure there's nothing there that doesn't belong).  

        But here's my take on it: personally I'm indifferent, but I have the status because other people took (and amazingly still take) the time/energy/moment of thought to rate some of my posts positively.  To simply say, this is pointless, is a bit of a diss on their expressions of their opinions, so, if the system is going to exist and people are going to judge that I should be in a status (TU) then I should take the responsibility end of it seriously.  That's the main reason I post on some threads that I'd just as easily prefer to leave alone, because there are occasions when I have some information or a different angle of vision on something that really can/does make the discussion broader, not because I want to see my handle showing up everywhere or beef up my mojo.  (I don't do tip jars, so...).  

        In a democratic society some are guilty, but all are responsible. -Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

        by a gilas girl on Thu Nov 18, 2004 at 10:40:47 PM PST

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