Nyarlathotep makes a good point, to whit:
Personally I think it is more meaningful to say "I really like this story and I hope it gets
posted, but I have seen lots of people doing a stupid version of something similar
recently, so I'm voting -1." There is normally not much danger of killing a good story this
way, but it wakes people up more than just posting "this sucks" to only the bad stories.
The entire point of a moderation system is to bring about a resultant "filtering" of
the information quality so that, hopefully, the good stuff floats to the top. If nobody
makes the difficult but necessary decisions to take a stand and declare that some
information is less worthwhile than the alternative, then there is no filter.
If other people are anything like me (read: lurker), then the only times you pop out
of a lurkhole are on occasions of great agreement or disagreement -- simple cases
where our disdain might be best spent filtering information for our colleagues are
instead wasted on trying to avoid the offending info as quickly as possible. If more
people took a conscientious stand like Nyarlathotep, we could all enjoy a higher
quality of discussion (ie, nothing like the Other Place).
All that being said.... I have to disagree with Nyarlathotep on the "no hardware posts"
stance -- I like hardware. Even though I've been living on my own for years now, my
family still labors under the burden of tons of old computer junk that I've accumulated
over the years and just can't get rid of -- old audio-couple modems, a Sun
'frame with a hydraulic top and tape drives (with the original OS on tape!), vt100s, vt220s,
PCs, C64s, Apple's, a couple of VAX mini's, etc etc etc...
A: Because it destroys the flow of conversation.
Q: Why is top posting dumb? --clover_kicker
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