Feature for reporting and removing duplicate posts? August 25, 2001 8:09 PM   Subscribe

Report a double post. (more inside)
posted by skallas to Feature Requests at 8:09 PM (15 comments total)

Okay we do have a URL check but how about something like this:

Imagine a vote like system that reports DP's. If you think a thread is a double than just lift the URL and put it into a form hosted on metafilter. Also, add a check against abuse like 5-10 votes would be required for the system to automaticaly remove it.

Also, only the votes from people who have been here for a long time and have contributed quite a bit above average should be counted. Without that I could create 10 fake accounts and start erasing the front page.

Or handpick volunteers and give them admin rights.

I don't know if it would be worth the coding but it would clear up the double post threads pretty quickly.

posted by skallas at 8:17 PM on August 25, 2001


I think delegating moderation power is the best choice. Otherwise you're opening the system to a whole range of community-type abuses. It doesn't have to be complicated ...
posted by dhartung at 10:21 PM on August 25, 2001


I agree with skallas. Lets only let people with blond hair, blue eyes and pure blood regulate posts. This sounds like a great idea, although vaguely familiar.

Better yet, lets take all of the members who are so concerned that double posts are complicating their lives to an extraordinary degree and disrupting the natural order and bury them in a mine shaft.
posted by ttrendel at 1:21 AM on August 27, 2001


Wow, ttrendel, such vitriol! Maybe you don't realize it, but mathowie already deletes a lot of double posts. The point is that maybe he could delegate that power so that more of such posts would not appear for very long. I think that's a good thing for Metafilter. The more double posts there are, the more noise there is, the fewer people care to visit. Is that what you want?
posted by daveadams at 8:23 AM on August 27, 2001


More importantly, Matt built this place and his rules say "no double posts". If you don't like it, go somewhere else.
posted by gd779 at 11:18 AM on August 27, 2001


Seems like some people can equate just about anything with the Gestapo, don't it? I'm pretty sure the guy in the fast lane in front of me going 50 this morning was Himmler.

k

heh! no! Was not head of Gestapo at all!
posted by Kafkaesque at 1:11 PM on August 27, 2001


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Administrator note: I just didn't like your name, since I've been here longer than you, and post more than you, that means I'm smarter than you and I'm better than you and I have more power than you!

So there.
posted by fuq at 1:34 PM on August 27, 2001


fuq, that sounds pretty childish to me. The really old-school people do inherently have more power. Of course that doesn't make them smarter or better. I'm pretty new here, and expect that the old-school types know what's going on better than I do. If one of them tells me something about rules / etiquette / conduct, etc I will listen to them.

I appreciate that you were being facetious, but there is a tenure/respect thing at work here.

just my opinion

k
posted by Kafkaesque at 2:04 PM on August 27, 2001


Anyone tenacious enough to stay in any online community for more than a few months despite the current state of never-ending September on the Internet has earned respect. Or derision. I'm not sure which.
posted by kindall at 4:13 PM on August 27, 2001


First things that fire through my synapses when my fangled neurons get hit with this idea is: What if this conversation here had a header that happened to be built around a link that was a double-post? What if it was going someplace, someplace that was no longer dependent on the link that started it? Someplace healthy, someplace interesting. Would it not be unfair and generally disruptive for it to pass the vote threshold and be automatically wiped off the face of the earth? Would those involved in the debate not feel slightly miffed at such an event? Would the whole things not just be counter-productive in its purpose of trying to further improve the MeFi experience?
posted by Kino at 10:57 AM on September 2, 2001


no
posted by Kafkaesque at 5:57 PM on September 2, 2001


Would it not be possible just to find another link or two and open up a different slice of the web?
posted by rodii at 6:25 PM on September 2, 2001


Rodii, it would be possible, but that would happen anyway, regardless of the fate of the suspect double-post headed thread as the front page continued to roll. However, doing that would have no positive effect on the experience of those who had bothered to involve themselves in the active discussion by real people within the thread that had just been squashed. I think if the process proposed was deemed necessary and pursued it'd be thoughtful for it to only go so far as removing the 'offending double-post' off the front page yet still leave it active for those already involved in it. This would achieve the desired objective without needlessly, and recklessly, pissing a bunch of random people off each time it happens.

kafkaesque: Elaboration, reasoning, intelligent, opinionated chitter-chatter.. foreign concepts? This aint a vote it's a discussion, and if your gonna treat it like a caveman-esque 'yay' or 'nay' process at least give some indication of which question your answering, otherwise your two letter post represents nothing more than a half-heard squeak of meaningless noise.
posted by Kino at 1:13 AM on September 3, 2001


Kino

I was kidding.

Sorry bout that.
posted by Kafkaesque at 9:21 PM on September 3, 2001


Urgh.. Ok, but i'd already made arrangements for your execution Kafkaesque... another perfectly good poison umbrella gone to waste. tsk tsk!
posted by Kino at 12:15 PM on September 4, 2001


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