Be nice. Or else.
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I heard their designer was just poached by Dropbox.
"Skeuomorphic Design Blog Posts— An over-analyzed UX topic that is making a comeback "
Could that be part of the problem? If you delete offensive comments, you also delete any trace of your moderation, which to outside eyes ends up looking just like if there was no moderation at all.
I would suggest implementing a system like Reddit has, where bad comments are collapsed or greyed out or marked [deleted], but you can still see that they were actively moderated.
Don't have much to add do this except to say that I agree 100%. It's important that we don't let a few loud voices drown out the rest of the community.
And this was the same exact guy also making comments in the Helen Tran thread. I really worry that if we give up on DN and just move on to the next community, we're enabling individual trolls to have the outsized influence they desire.
It's a self-fulfilling prophecy: by calling DN toxic and calling for people to move away from it, you ensure only the people who care the least about the problem remain, thus making the site even more toxic.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to downplay the issue in any way. I'm just saying we should blame the individual users responsible for it, not the community as a whole.
When someone or something doesn't meet our expectations of what they should look, feel, or act like, sometimes it's a fault on their side; and sometimes it's a sign that we should reconsider our expectations.
To be fair that thread was mainly one guy arguing with everybody. I don't think you can jump from that one example to "the community here has become increasingly toxic". Also any "toxic" position is invariably met by someone offering a counter-point. Which sounds like a pretty healthy community to me.
I've heard that story many times and it sounds cool, but you got to imagine that Coke did test their sweeter formula extensively in real-life situations, and not just one-sip tests.
This sounds like the type of TED-talk-ready oversimplification that probably omits a lot of the real details behind the story.
Yep that's exactly it, glad you got it! :)
Be nice. Or else.
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