"Ignore This Thread" would be better. Here only the SPAM/Racist like threads can be ignored instead of ignoring the user(s) totally.
But the problem for me isn't ignoring complete threads. The problem is the "hijacked" threads that were perfectly valuable until trolls bring them down into flame wars. I want those threads (and any other) to live longer by content management of the thread itself. Simply ignoring threads wouldn't suffice for me because then a perfectly valuable thread would be gone simply because of trolling.
What I think would be useful is a slightly cut back slashdot moderation; where you can mark comments as spam (and those marked enough they hide from those with the default view), whereas the rest of the options are positive (interesting, insightful, another blowdart post etc.) Perhaps the only other "negative" would be "off topic", where someone posts a technical question in the coffeehouse etc.
I like this idea. Of course, I also like the more complete /. idea. I'm for anything that lets the community moderate itself and will help contribute to threads living longer, remaining on topic, and discouraging trolls.
To do this though, I agree with jsampsonPC that you would need to find a way to prevent trolls from merely creating 10 different accounts and voting themselves up. OTOH, maybe this could be accomplished by weighting the various values. Meaning, a "SPAM" vote would only be negated by five "Interesting" votes or something like that. But my fear with that (talking to myself here ) would be that anyone who posts about a good "opposing" feature could be bashed into oblivion by someone like DarthVista (I love ya' man, but I don't want your prevalent "message" becoming all we see on C9, sorry). I for one like the opposing opinions and viewpoints.
Regardless of all that though, I think _some_ kind of community-based moderation would be a good thing. If the C9 community is moderating itself, it's merely one less argument that MS is tightly controlling the content here to push its own agenda (why do I fear that a troll is going to pick up that comment and derail this thread ).