Yeah, yeah, comments that have been hidden unfairly
get modded back up to visibility in the end. Problem
is this usually happens after the debate has
moved on and nobody's looking any more.
So, I quite liked the situation where any regular who
wasn't a completely worthless, humourless crapflooder
was a trusted user; thanks to
Even without the diaries, it's not exactly hard
to get trusted user status; either through multiple
accounts or good ol' mojo-whoring. I suspect the
result of this will be fewer trusted users, but
a far greater proportion of them will be abusers.
Time will tell, of course: we'll see what happens.
In the meantime, if anyone replies to this comment
I will carefully consider the validity of your
argument and quality of your prose, then give you
a 5 anyway.
I love the idea of charging for people who
post more than one diary a day. (Yes, I've done
it myself: hypocrite, hypocrite, blah blah blah).
As another chargeable feature, how
about images/icons? Some other journals already
allow that. Sure you'll get a few goatse.cx pics,
but I think we're all used to that by now.
Polls are another possibility for charging, but
I'd be reluctant to lose them.
I don't think the idea of charging for even basic
diary access would work too well. Unfortunately,
someone made the fatal mistake of releasing the Scoop
source code, you see.
I've occasionally posted diaries on three other
Scoop sites, most on
Tomorrow, the SF and Fantasy discussion site.
Rather than go through the hassle of sorting out
online monthly payments
in a foreign currency, it'd be much simpler just to
post on another site.
Another thing is that charging would make much
harder for new users to start posting diaries,
especially considering the hostility they
encounter. I only posted my first diary on an idle whim,
and I think most people were the same. If I'd have
had to go through an order process and
fork out real money, there's no way I'd have bothered.
You could have a month's free trial of course. In
that case, say hello to TheophileEscargot001,
Since there's a constant turnover of users, I suspect the
diary section would immediately start to fade.
Finally, don't forget that reducing the number of
K5 users, while nice from a community point of view,
could well reduce the revenue from textads, sponsorship;
even merchandising and banner ads if they ever get used.
I find it hard to believe that the reduction in bandwidth
would reduce costs significantly.
the nascent Mad Open Science movement... when we talk about "hundreds
of eyeballs," we really mean it.