OK

This is only a Preview!

You must Publish this diary to make this visible to the public,
or click 'Edit Diary' to make further changes first.

Posting a Diary Entry

Daily Kos welcomes blog articles from readers, known as diaries. The Intro section to a diary should be about three paragraphs long, and is required. The body section is optional, as is the poll, which can have 1 to 15 choices. Descriptive tags are also required to help others find your diary by subject; please don't use "cute" tags.

When you're ready, scroll down below the tags and click Save & Preview. You can edit your diary after it's published by clicking Edit Diary. Polls cannot be edited once they are published.

If this is your first time creating a Diary since the Ajax upgrade, before you enter any text below, please press Ctrl-F5 and then hold down the Shift Key and press your browser's Reload button to refresh its cache with the new script files.

ATTENTION: READ THE RULES.

  1. One diary daily maximum.
  2. Substantive diaries only. If you don't have at least three solid, original paragraphs, you should probably post a comment in an Open Thread.
  3. No repetitive diaries. Take a moment to ensure your topic hasn't been blogged (you can search for Stories and Diaries that already cover this topic), though fresh original analysis is always welcome.
  4. Use the "Body" textbox if your diary entry is longer than three paragraphs.
  5. Any images in your posts must be hosted by an approved image hosting service (one of: imageshack.us, photobucket.com, flickr.com, smugmug.com, allyoucanupload.com, picturetrail.com, mac.com, webshots.com, editgrid.com).
  6. Copying and pasting entire copyrighted works is prohibited. If you do quote something, keep it brief, always provide a link to the original source, and use the <blockquote> tags to clearly identify the quoted material. Violating this rule is grounds for immediate banning.
  7. Be civil. Do not "call out" other users by name in diary titles. Do not use profanity in diary titles. Don't write diaries whose main purpose is to deliberately inflame.
For the complete list of DailyKos diary guidelines, please click here.

Please begin with an informative title:

Tonight the tech team released some major site enhancements, mostly centered around an overhaul of the new user process.  We've rebuilt the interface for sign up and login, as well as auxiliary pages like lost password, etc.  More importantly we have made a suite of changes so that we can bring on new users immediately, with no waiting period before a new users can post or comment. Read on for more details.

Intro

You must enter an Intro for your Diary Entry between 300 and 1150 characters long (that's approximately 50-175 words without any html or formatting markup).

Removing the waiting period is big shift which effects both new user experience and the established community, so we have added several layers of moderation enhancements to make sure the positives of bringing on fresh points of view and growing the community aren't overshadowed by the potential negatives of opening ourselves up to bad actors.  

The first improvement is already launched- DK Partners & Mentors Team.  Check out this diary to read all about it.  In brief, DailyKos keeps a list of first time commenters, and the Mentors check in on these threads, welcoming, answering questions, and providing encouragement.  The goal is to create real human connection as early as possible to bring new users into the community.  It's impossible to directly measure the effect this has, but this formal system for volunteer community support of new users is totally unique to Daily Kos, as far as I know, and is just the sort of thing that makes the site great.

The second is a few big changes to the warning system.  Warnings now can remove a specific permissions- say the ability to comment- and can be set to automatically expire after a certain amount of time.  So, a warning could be issued to somebody acting poorly in the comments which removes the user's ability to comment for two days.  This gives our moderators something between banning and an acknowledge only warn, allowing them to better fit the punishment to the offense.  

The last is an overhaul to the autoban robot. The algorithm can now issue warnings as well as bannings.  It will also issue an acknowledge only warning when a comment gets hidden.

Elfling has a diary going up in the morning with more details about the new and improved warning, autobanning robot.

Bonus feature: email a friend is back.  Look for the button right next to the Facebook and Twitter buttons.

We hope these changes will improve the quality of the signup process and help grow the community.

 

Extended (Optional)

Originally posted to Jason Libsch on Thu Aug 08, 2013 at 02:32 AM PDT.

Also republished by Troolz and Cranky Users.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.