Surprisingly, the question frequently asked here (how does scoop work) is answered. Can anyone guess where? Anyone? Bueller?
Why, it's in the friendly neighborhood FAQ! Who'da thunk it?!
In fact, you can go directly to here to read the info. Or if you're really lazy:
Frequently Asked Questions
Last updated: 19-09-2000 by Inoshiro
What is Story Moderation?
That's the only feature here that is only found in Scoop (the software that runs this site). Basically, when you submit a story, it goes in a queue. The site admins can edit,
post, or delete your story if they want to, but any other logged-in user can see this queue as well, and vote on whether they want your story to appear on the main
page or not. Everyone gets one vote, "post it to the front page" (+1), "post it to its section" (+1), "dump it" (-1), or "don't care" (0). After you've voted, you can see
what the current score of the story is, and what other voters have said about it. If the score reaches a certain positive value, the story goes up. If it reaches a certain
negative value, it disappears. Simple as that. The "post threshold" and the "dump threshold" can both be some percentage of the number of registered users. So say, for
example, I had 100 users, and my post threshold was set to 3%. When a story reached a score of 3, it would be posted. The percentage is recalculated on the fly, so it
should maintain some semblance of usefulness, no matter how many new voters there are.
I think this could be a really cool feature, and I recommend that you all use it as often as possible! And if you don't have an account yet, make one. It's quick and painless,
and won't ever get you spammed.
It's percentile based, which I think is an excellent idea - it lets it scale nicely.
So try that Fine Faq! There's all sorts of nifty things therein!
No, I'm not bitter because I got 2 tickets at lunch.
I knew I shoulda brought a crossbow.
-- Largo. www.megatokyo.com