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    So, a donut is the same as giving a comment a "Hide" rating. The origin of the name is that many years ago, there was a comment rating system that went from 0 to 4. (Originally it went to five!) No one ever really used 2 or 3 (except for one weird guy named Carl Nyberg who was banned long ago). But "zeroes" were the equivalent of today's "Hide" ratings and were called "Troll" ratings. (We changed the name because the term was too fraught, and we wanted to make it clearer what the intent of the button was.)

    So a zero of course resembles a donut. I have no idea who initially named it that way, but people started calling them "donuts," and it's stuck, long after zeroes went away. Kind of like "dailing" a phone!

    Political Director, Daily Kos

    by David Nir on Thu May 05, 2011 at 09:20:35 AM PDT

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