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Anti-US / Anti-other posts

fiannaFailMan (702447) writes | more than 9 years ago

User Journal 6

Scenario 1. A post appears that pokes fun at the French, or the Germans, or the Brits, or any other nationality. Hell, it might even make light of some terrorist atrocity commited in any of those countries. How does it get modded? 'Funny.'

Scenario 2. A post appears that pokes fun at the USA or maybe just the US government (which, it should be noted, is a very different thing from the USA itself). How does it get modded? 'Flamebait.'

Scenario 1. A post appears that pokes fun at the French, or the Germans, or the Brits, or any other nationality. Hell, it might even make light of some terrorist atrocity commited in any of those countries. How does it get modded? 'Funny.'

Scenario 2. A post appears that pokes fun at the USA or maybe just the US government (which, it should be noted, is a very different thing from the USA itself). How does it get modded? 'Flamebait.'

I see these double standards all the time on /.

Well I am going on a mission to metamod these bozos as 'unfair' until the /. crew learns that if you can't take it, you shouldn't give it. Who's with me?

6 comments

I'm with you (0, Troll)

ErichTheWebGuy (745925) | more than 9 years ago | (#9680479)

I have been doing this for a while. I agree completely with you about the double standard that exists here.

In fact, most things that are modded flamebait or troll that I meta-mod are not deserving of that label, and as such, get meta-modded unfair. Having said that, if it truly is flamebait or troll material, I will meta-mod fair.

But I do not consider someone saying "I like KDE/Gnome/Windows/whatever and here's why" to be flamebait or troll material at all. That is, IMHO, the bigger double-standard here. Almost every time I say something good about KDE, I get modded down flamebait. But, when I say something good about Gnome, I get modded up Insightful or Interesting.

I can't stand this (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9683323)

And, by "this" I mean people doing M2 to promote their own agenda, no matter how righteous or unrighteous. I moderate things as "Underrated" or (rarely) "Overrated" and nobody M2's them, and the user gets a karma boost or hit. I'm doing it right, and I'll be goddamned if anyone will second guess me.

Re:I can't stand this (1)

robslimo (587196) | more than 9 years ago | (#9685159)

Here, here! I do believe that's why the over/under mod categories exist and I make heavy use of them (though not exclusively).

I M2 a great deal and have noticed a definite trend for moderators to react emotionally to the topic, modding flamebait or troll apparently because they don't agree with the opinion. Well, I M2 as I think was intended... dispassionately and with no agenda of my own.

Re:I can't stand this (1)

fiannaFailMan (702447) | more than 9 years ago | (#9691242)

I consider the 'overrated' mod as an abuse of the moderation system since it allows you to suppress someone's karma without being subjected to metamoderation. Frankly I don't see the point of it, it strikes me as a bug.
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