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  •  Maybe "prevent" (none)
    is wrong question.  Better might be to ask how to counteract ratings abusers?

    Prevention in that sense is just a little too normative for my tastes.  And in the strange cultural politics of a gila's girl, normative is just a short day trip from proto-fascist on many outings.  

    This is the part about liberals that has always made me uncomfortable and why I prefer the progressive take on those issues.

    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 10:55:45 PM PST

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    •  I guess it doesn't matter (none)
      But it just seems that this sort of diary gets posted all the time and nothing ever happens --- as if people only abuse the system because they didn't know what they were supposed to do....

      In my experience on the sharp end of continued super-troll abusers I find they are pretty powerless to actually get a legitimate user lowered to the point there posts don't appear.  Not for lack of trying.

      So the practical effect (and I recognise 99.99% of the angst here isn't at all practical but is because little johnny didn't like getting a '3') is that some individual comments can be hidden too easily -- taking perhaps an entire sub-thread with it.

      •  I've never seen (none)
        anyone actually banned from the site for low mojo (that always feels a bit like an dKos urban legend to me, but perhaps it is technologically possible).  When people are banned (as far as I have witnessed) its always from direct MarKos action (I don't think a guest poster has ever done that, though I could be wrong.  Gilliard might have needed to back in the old, old days, but its not really a conscious memory for me.).

        So yes, the impact of troll ratings is that the comment disappears (with thread if there's one attached). My review of the hidden files usually tell me that the disappearing is reasonable.  A lot of the stuff probably isn't "troll material" in terms of its offensiveness, a lot of it is just petty macho blowhardness, which doesn't do harm to people, but is distracting, annoying and trying to read, so in that sense probably should be removed and the attention taken from the little ones who clamour for it so.

        I don't think there's "abuse" frankly.  And if there's a problem its less with the ratings and the way they are wielded than it is with the poster identification with ratings and the way they are interpreted and invested in.  

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

        by a gilas girl on Fri Nov 19, 2004 at 04:20:47 PM PST

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