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Suggestion on dealing with unwanted rodents

Posted by ashley randle on 2008-12-21 04:01:14

Hi'ya, Mister P.,

Yes, some pests get very determined. Even an exterminator would have a hard time getting rid of them.

But you are right. Banning a whole block of people for one bad rat doesn't seem fair. So maybe moderators being able to only block a user's name would work best.

What about an optional request system for private polls? What if users had to request permission, something that the moderator would then have to give?

Maybe a 'click here' to submit your user name to the poll moderator? It gets posted on a message thread and the moderator then has to do something to make the user able to post? Just thinking out loud.



Posted by Blackninja133 on 2008-12-21 12:38:32


Posted by Cammie Winston on 2008-12-21 13:00:53

Interesting idea, but the problem is if the moderator isn't around, the board wouldn't function anymore. Which would make a lot of Misterpoll into dead space. Moderators often don't stick around for long, and who has the time to constantly be approving new people anyway?

Yahoo Groups implements lists like this, and it's still a mess, and hasn't stopped spamming or trolling. It's a very 1998 approach to things.

What if Karma was implemented, so a poll creator could set a minimum amount of Karma for someone to post. This would let poll creators select a narrower demographic with more credibility to respond on their polls.

Also it would mean that misbehavior on one poll would reflect on another poll, instead of a troll being able to move to a new poll to cause trouble each time, until the moderator wises up to him.

That would raise the standard of behavior across all of Misterpoll, instead of only individual polls.



Posted by Mister Poll on 2008-12-21 19:03:57

Hey Cammie. Interesting idea. So you're suggesting that each user has a certain number of "karma points", and a poll / forum owner could set karma thresholds for voting / posting? In that sense, it seems like it would be similar to eBay's feedback points system. How would people earn or lose karma points at Mister Poll?

Posted by Cammie Winston on 2008-12-21 19:25:54

What if individual posts could be voted up or down. So if a user has a post voted down X amount of times, they would lose Karma. If the post is voted up X amount of times, the user gains karma.

This would encourage more useful participation. Someone who misbehaves repeatedly would have to begin making productive posts, or lose access to more selective polls.

If a pollster wants to create a fun poll where anyone could participate, she wouldn't have a threshold at all. But if she wants a poll with serious comments for a school research project, it might have a Karma threshold to encourage serious participation.

And a Karma rating could show how much credibility a user has. With this creating new accounts all the time would accomplish very little, as they would still lack Karma.

Possibly people would be able to vote Karma for polls too, you might be able to use that to also generate a Digg style front page list.