[Foundation-l] Moderation and this list

Brian Brian.Mingus at colorado.edu
Sat Dec 22 21:41:45 UTC 2007

This issue has been solved and resolved a million times since the early days
of the Internets when gamers such as myself were addicted to MUDs. It's
quite simple - you give people a limited number of turns per day and make
having sockpuppets illegal. This stops people who have nothing better to do
than sit around and play all day from advancing a ridiculous number of
levels, and it also stops them from writing bots to play for them.  Of
course, they can use Tor or some other IP address masking technique, but
that has only ever been a mild irritant, and they eventually make a mistake,
such as logging into both accounts using the same IP address.

This has the positive side effect of causing you to stop and think about
what you were going to do with your turns for that day. You might even plan
it out, so as to make the absolute most of them. I think its a great idea
for this list, although, I get by on very few myself =)

On Dec 21, 2007 4:46 PM, Matthew Britton <matthew.britton at btinternet.com>

> Lars Aronsson wrote:
> > Or we could introduce a limit of 20 messages per person and month.
> People actually seem to be taking this seriously, for reasons that
> escape me, so perhaps a little nudge in the direction of reality is
> needed.
> Limiting the number of messages an individual is permitted to post will
> only prevent active, honest individuals being insightful or helpful once
> they have used up their quota. If someone really wants to make
> themselves heard, they will simply subscribe multiple addresses to the
> list and continue posting. Only those who play by the rules will lose out.
> No offense intended, but this is really a very bad idea. I mean, what's
> next, limiting the number of edits people can make to the wikis?
> -Gurch
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