OT: Scoring system for messages to avoid annoying dweebs?

From: Sellam Ismail <foo_at_siconic.com>
Date: Mon Jan 28 09:07:30 2002

On Mon, 28 Jan 2002, Don Maslin wrote:

> One problem with that approach is that it presumes that no one new or
> with a low score ever will write anything worthwhile. Not altogether
> reasonable, I think.

Not exactly. True it's your choice whether or not to skip the message
with a score of 0 (i.e. new user). But I'm sure a handful will read the
message and if it's OK they'll give it a thumbs up and boost the score to
positive numbers. If it's lame (i.e. uses no punctuation, has horrible
spelling, offers lame information or silly flames) the votes are thumbs
down and the score goes negative; the negative score is then a black flag
that tells readers to beware.

It could work well, but it's only an idea. Since we can't boot annoying
people off the list we may as well be able to mark regular schmucks as
such. Again, the primary purpose I have I have in mind for this would be
to hopefully prevent long and stupid off-topic threads.

For instance, this message would get negative votes for being off-topic,
my score would go down, and then some people might find it preferable to
ignore future messages from me based on my score ;)

Sellam Ismail Vintage Computer Festival
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Received on Mon Jan 28 2002 - 09:07:30 GMT

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