Optikschmoptik writes "Discussing user-generated content systems, Slate names Slashdot and Helium as better Web 2.0 designs than the comparable and ostensibly more democratic Digg and Wikipedia. Slashdot wins this round thanks to its comment moderation:
The moderation system at the tech blog Slashdot is perhaps the best example on the Web of a middle way. Slashdot, which draws on links submitted by readers, ordains active contributors with limited power to regulate comments and contributions from other users. Compared with Wikipedia, which requires supreme devotion from its smaller core of administrators, Slashdot makes it easy to become a moderator. Giving large numbers of people small chunks of responsibility has proven effective in eliminating trolls and flame wars in the comment section. Yeah, so it's not perfectly effective, but in general the comments here are easily better than on Digg. I remember reading, about a year and a half ago, that /. was almost dead, and that Digg was the future. Maybe it's my age, but I've noticed digg headlines get less engaging and more base, while /. continues to maintain its potency at wasting my time. I also have my suspicion that I could actually prevent links from hitting the digg front page by submitting them before 'top submitters' get around to them."
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