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Re: Voting on messages: a way to resolve the mailing list problems

Stefano Zacchiroli <zack@debian.org> writes:
> On Sat, Dec 20, 2008 at 10:35:14AM +0000, Jurij Smakov wrote:

>> It is generally perceived that there are currently a couple of
>> problems with the way discussions happen on our mailing lists:

> I'm not sure yet if I like the idea, but for sure it is an intriguing
> one, thanks for pushing it through! I'll for sure follow its
> evolution.

Likewise!  It's a rather fascinating idea that echoes the way that
moderation is frequently done these days in large and very busy web fora.
I'm not sure that the idea will translate into e-mail, but I'm not sure
that it *won't* either, and it's proven reasonably effective at
highlighting interesting messages elsewhere.

> Now, I like your mechanism way more than moderation, because yours is
> self-regulating. Still, a problem I spotted with the shadow list also
> affects your mechanism, namely: context loss. What if a very
> bad/unpolite/rude/useless message gets scored down (which is quite
> probable) whether a nice/constructive/ polite response to it gets scored
> up (which is as probable)? People only following the "good" messages
> will experience context loss receiving a reply to a message they are
> missing.

Surprisingly (at least to me), in the few fora that I read this way, I
don't really miss the context.

I'm not sure that such a system is ever going to be a replacement for
people who read all of debian-devel or the like now.  What it may be
instead is a way for people who have unsubscribed from the full traffic to
see only the most interesting bits.  Sort of another digest sitting
between the full list traffic and developer news.

Russ Allbery (rra@debian.org)               <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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