The general ideology I have is to pass stories. I like to pass stories, and I generally think the more content we have here, the better.
If I think a story looks all right, or merely OK, I say "+1, Section!".
If I really like the story, or think it deserves some special attention, I say "+1, Front Page!"
If I am in a bad mood, or I just really don't care for the story, or if it's kind of lame and sickly, I say "0, Don't Care."
If I hate the story, or disagree with it's viewpoint, I say "-1, Dump It!"
If it's pitifully written, "-1, Dump It."
Age: I make consessions to pitifully written stories written by the high school crowd if they show signs of life & friendliness. Section, maybe even front page if it's beautiful or interesting. But bragging, or anything really obnoxious, and I say "Dump It!".
I voted -1 for this story, because it strikes me as obnoxious, and I disagree with the viewpoint, namely, my general ideology for Kuro5hin: I like to pass stories. This article is written from an elitist perspective:
Lately, there has been much wailing and gnashing of teeth over the quality (or lack thereof) of submissions in the queue and the lameness of what comes out. Let's leave aside whether or not users are getting stupider, writing is getting shabbier, MLPs are getting out of hand, or any of the other complaints. If moderation works well, we should see good stories to read and discuss.
I mean, I like what I see on Kuro5hin. I think Kuro5hin stories are neat, if a bit addicting.
Okay, and look particularly at that last sentance: "If moderation works well, we should see good stories to read and discuss."
I really don't believe that. First, I think that the stories are already good. And I also believe that moderation is working fine. So the statement should be "If moderation records are publicly available, and we all work together to put peer pressure on people who rate unfairly, we should see better stories to read and discuss."
(Incidentally, I don't have anything against publicly available moderation records. I'm just describing why I think this reasoning is lame.)
I don't think that publicly available moderation records will change a thing. I'm still going to vote my way. I don't think any amount of peer pressure is going to affect me. Indeed, any such pressure would probably change my moderation strategy. My strategy has never been secret, and I think that it's pretty fair. I don't expect everybody, or even most people, to agree with it, but, this is a democracy, and they can vote like they like to vote.
If we have a problem with people with multiple accounts logging in and voting stories up or down, this will be marginally helpful. Rusty already has the records, and can deal with those things already.
Anyways, just letting you know how I vote, and why I'm voting this story -1: Because it promotes the obnoxious idea that Kuro5hin stories are only for Elite authors.
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