Tag: moderation

by Phillip Smith

Let’s face it — technically speaking, comments are broken. With few exceptions, they don’t deliver on their potential to be a force for good. Web-based discussion threads have been part of the Internet experience since the late 1990s. However, the form of user commentary has stayed fairly static, and — more importantly — few solutions […] more »

by Dan Schultz

We all know that the “audience” analogy no longer represents the way journalism should work. We know that the people reading the news have opinions, perspectives, and facts that are relevant to the conversation. Some of them just have observations, but others are reporters at heart or maybe they have the wordsmithing abilities of a […] more »

by Dan Schultz

In an earlier post I suggested a process intended to maintain journalistic standards in a globally accessible, user-maintained aggregated news site. Its key feature was a purgatory section where new articles would be rated by readers for quality, apparent credibility, and a few other traits before being published. If a report didn’t get high enough […] more »

by Dan Schultz

When people talk about the job of a moderator, they are talking about maintaining some type of standard. During a conference panel a good moderator might make sure that all the panelists get the chance to talk and keep the audience from throwing tomatoes. For YouTube it means promoting quality entertainment and keeping out the […] more »