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Lack of Modpoints?

Eddi3 (1046882) writes | more than 6 years ago

User Journal 6

Are there less mod points floating around today? I haven't seen many +5's at all lately. Is it just me?

Are there less mod points floating around today? I haven't seen many +5's at all lately. Is it just me?

6 comments

Reality of the mod system (1)

HomelessInLaJolla (1026842) | more than 6 years ago | (#20205959)

Some people receive mod points on a regular basis. Some people receive mod points occasionally. Some people never receive mod points. Some people have scripts to create accounts at set/semi-set/random intervals and have a browser add-on to allow them to quickly switch their account, posting in a semi-random fashion, which allows them to farm accounts in the interest of catching the criteria by which they will receive mod points.

As is sociologically predictable the people who are most interested in racking up accounts with available mod points are those who are most interested in being able to use those mod points for mostly selfish reasons. They seek to mod up their own farmed accounts first, mod their friends up next, mod down anyone who would dare disagree with them next, and make use of the mod points in the originally conceived fashion (ie. to attempt to objectively encourage productive discussion) last.

The mod system, while well meaning and somewhat well conceived at first, has deteriorated into a joke dominated by a few major regulars and a few more than a few account farming trolls.

Expect to see this post modded down as I have made my way onto the sh*tlist of one, if not more, of the account farming trolls. Expect also to see said account farming troll post condescending and derisive accusations of "conspiracy theory" and "paranoid delusional" as an Anonymous Coward, or using one of their many junk accounts created specifically to rag on me, in response to this.

Re:Reality of the mod system (1)

bersl2 (689221) | more than 6 years ago | (#20206623)

I receive mod points approximately every fortnight. I do not farm accounts. Most of the time, I let my points lapse.

My recommendation is to occasionally metamod. I have, in person, heard it directly from The Taco's mouth that far too few people metamod.

Re:Reality of the mod system (1)

HomelessInLaJolla (1026842) | more than 6 years ago | (#20206665)

Metamod is the userspace daemon watching for unknown UID=0 processes on a system with a kernel level rootkit.

Re:Reality of the mod system (1)

bersl2 (689221) | more than 6 years ago | (#20207319)

Its power to limit bad moderators is limited (account farming), but I think it helps give modpoints to users who want them.

The system may be more broken than it has to be, but that doesn't mean that in the meantime one cannot try to manipulate the system into producing more reasonable results.

Re:Reality of the mod system (1)

Group 2 (1136127) | more than 6 years ago | (#20206731)

Some people have scripts to create accounts at set/semi-set/random intervals and have a browser add-on to allow them to quickly switch their account, posting in a semi-random fashion, which allows them to farm accounts in the interest of catching the criteria by which they will receive mod points.
Don't be ridiculous. Why would I need a browser add-on to create accounts when I have complete access to the Slashdot?

Let's all be reasonable here. There's no need for you to trail off into conspiracies about petty browser add-on. Don't try and libel my abilities and social connections because I'm rich.

error (1)

Group 2 (1136127) | more than 6 years ago | (#20207055)

That second sentence should have read:

"Why would I need a browser add-on to create accounts when I have complete access to the Slashdot database?"

Because of you damn homeless people crowding me, I make mistakes like this!
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