Hit or Miss

Yet another brilliant idea from the desk of Matt Kingston… (How do I do it?) Over at Metafilter, people have been discussing rating posts and posters and limiting the number of posts per person per day — all in the effort to reduce the signal to noise ratio. Matt emailed me and asked me about how I set up my “hit or miss” rating system – is he going to implement it at Metafilter?

I don’t know. I don’t really think Metafilter has that big a problem. What I do think is a problem is when someone posts a URL that someone else posted a day or two earlier. If Matt really wants to get his freak on and code something spectacular and innovative, he should alter the posting script so that it would warn the poster if they’re submiting a URL that’s been posted in the past week, month, or year, etc…

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Yeah, I’ve been meaning to code that. It’s a simple mod of the search code I’m already using.

Matt Haughey | 27 Jun 2000
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Has anyone done a study of Slashdot? 😉

Pete | 29 Jun 2000
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One interesting way of moderating which posts get posted is used at Kuro5hin.org (pronounced like corrosion). Registered users vote on proposed postings, once they hit a certain level they are posted to the front page. This has led to a high S/N ratio. Of course, this only works if people are willing to continually vote on proposed stories… which I think the Metafilter crew would do. (They are a rather rabid bunch)

Just my 0.02 USD.

John | 30 Jun 2000
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Has anyone done a study of Slashdot? 😉

Pete | 4 Nov 2009