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I'm pleased to see some more reasonable attitudes being expressed now!

I have to say, though, that I'm rather intrigued by the behaviour of the moderation figures in this thread. After I'd posted my long spiel above, I noted that, within 20 minutes or so, it had been moderated down to -1.3, which seemed not only unreasonable but also strikingly swift. Could over a dozen people really have read my long bit in those few minutes, and all marked it down for being bad/off-topic (which I was sure it wasn't)? I note now that it's been moderated right up to +5.1, which is very pleasing and feels a lot better!

But it does surprise me that it managed to go so negative so quickly in the first place. I note that if I moderate someone's comment myself (on the rare occasions that I do), the rating only seems to alter by 0.1 (if at all), so to get to a large positive or negative figure must take quite a lot of votes. Do more regular posters on Drobe (such as the ones with blue and gold stars afer their names) have greater weightings in the moderation system? (I tend to post only when I have something that I really want to say, so I haven't got any stars.) If so, it would help to account for the sudden negative shift on my own post.

I'm also interested to find that the exceptionally rude entry, to which I alluded in my long post, has vanished. Last time I saw it, it had reached a moderation figure approaching -20 (and deservedly so). Are posts deleted automatically if they fall below a certain rating, or will someone have removed it manually?

Sorry if this seems irrelevant, but I've looked for, and failed to find, an explanation of how this moderation system actually works, and I'd be interested to know.

 is a RISC OS UserRichardHallas on 27/1/06 11:35AM
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