Sampy wrote:We have plenty of ideas and thoughts we are kicking around. Rather than air them here before we have made them into real ideas and not lunchtime banter, I'd rather just get some opinions on vague concepts. I'm not talking about specific implementations of these or saying that we're doing them, just looking for thoughts.
1. A simple Signal vs. Noise rating for a thread.
2. As above but Niners contribute via voting but moderators apply the final label. No digg style count is listed
Not too sure about mods applying the final label. It could prevent abuse, but it could also be read as 'OMG Micro$oft silences teh critics!'
I definitely agree about not listing the count/votes/whatever. These should be input for the forum software, not something the users should judge threads, themselves or others by.
3. User ratings based on Signal posts they've made. No penalty for noise posts; carrot but no stick.
Interesting idea, but that would basically mean that someone who only trolls would remain on the same level as a starry-eyed new user. In other words, there would be no way to get rid of trolls since they'd be just as visible as new users.
4. User rankings based in part on coffeehouse chat but based more on other activities: posting sandbox samples, answering techoff questions, contributing to the wiki, etc.
Despite being guilty of only hanging around in the coffeehouse, I like this idea. However, there's a similar danger as in point 3, because non-contributing trolls would remain on the same visible level as new users.