Comment 56703

By MattM (registered) | Posted January 17, 2011 at 15:21:42

I personally am of the opinion that the down/up vote system should be abandoned in favour of a simple abuse/trolling button instead, which would alert a moderator to excessive trolling or other violations.

I say this because as it exists now, the up and down votes are burying comments that are not really trolling or abusive, but rather different than the general point of view, with otherwise intelligent points made.

Of course this doesn't really work well on the spec site at all, where multiple people are going around disagreeing/marking offensive on everything, but it might be better than the current system where some good content is getting buried.

It's a complicated issue but I think it's time to toy around with some alternatives. The trolls are definitely thick these days, especially when it comes to the hot topics of light rail and pan-am stadium.

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