Announcing New Self-Moderation Options for Readers and Writers on Yabberz.
We are pleased to announce several important changes at Yabberz based on our observations of behavior on the threads, on your requests and suggestions, and on trends in moderation on social media.
The first change is that Rating has been simplified. No more slippery sliding bar. No more minus ratings. Just three choices +1, +5, or +10. A simple click to rate. When a post is sponsored the value doubles to +2, +10 and +20. You can edit your rating at any time.
Why no negative ratings? After long consideration and experience, we have come to the conclusion that the -1, -2 and -3 are not really useful. Members value a thoughtful, civilized, rebuttal much more than a -3 with no explanation. That practice has been referred to as "Point Bombing" on this site. So no more Point Bombing.
How then will a member show disapproval? We have consolidated old and new self-moderation options using the new and improved Flag button. We believe that the new options under Flag will greatly improve the utility of the site by further customizing it to meet specific needs. Below is a screen shot with all options.
The Flag button will give the member access to the previous self-moderation tools including the ability to Unfollow a member, Block a member, and Report a post.
Report has combined the Yellow and Red Flags into a single one that reports violations of our standards/rules/guidelines to the moderation system for review.
Block has also been modified to emphasize the purpose for which it was designed: to separate members from each other. We believe that a reasonable, minimum period for cooling off should be 7 days.There will now be a 7-Day waiting period between blocking and unblocking.
And now our new tools: Ignore and Off-Topic
Removes a discussion from a member's home page and category feeds, and it stops shares from this thread from hitting their notifications. Why would someone want to ignore a discussion? If he/she believes a discussion is of no interest or if he/she is getting an endless stream of shares on a discussion of no interest, use Ignore. In a nutshell, ignore lets our members unfollow and hide a discussion which does not interest them easily and efficiently.
What if a member changes his/her mind? To find the Ignored comment use the Search, or go to the author's Profile. If a member thinks that he/she might want a second look, he/she can always bookmark the discussion before ignoring it,
If a member has posted in a discussion which they later decided to Ignore, he/she will still receive notifications regarding his/her own post (replies to it, points awarded).
We decided that it is important for the authors of Discussion Starters to have the ability to moderate their discussion in an effective way. If the author believes that a reply or a sub thread is way off base and distracting the conversation from their intended purpose then they can Off-Topic it. That reply or sub-thread and its associated downstream replies will be moved off the Discussion Starter thread to an Off Topic sub thread. NOTE: The reply and Sub Thread has NOT been deleted/removed. It is just that it is no longer connected to the Discussion Starter. This Off-Topic reply can still be shared and rated, so the member who has been Off-Topiced can continue their discussion on that sub thread.