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Suggestion for enhancement to story comments functionality

madnige

Suggestion:
Introduce (or enable) the 'Report Abuse' flagging (that exists in the forums) in the comments. A click on the 'Report Abuse' would flag it for review by a moderator; if the moderator agrees, the comment could be deleted, if the moderator thinks the comment is valid and not abusive, then the 'Report Abuse' flag/link could be disabled/hidden on that comment. The 'Report Abuse' flag/link could also be disabled/hidden after a time period or number of views, to prevent abuse of the abuse reporting system.

This could be extended so that comment posters who have had too many postings rejected as abusive would automatically have the comments flagged for review, possibly before they become visible; too many more being rejected and their comments could be silently dropped.

I expect that spammers will find and exploit the comments mechanism for spamming, so an auto-trigger of hold-for-review in the case of multiple posts by a new user could reduce the impact of that; what happens to the comments if a user is deleted from the system?

A further suggestion:
Replace the entire comments section with a 'Reader Comments' javascript link that works similarly to the 'Show story details' link to fetch the comment data from the server to reveal the comments and comment posting link, partly to reduce bandwidth requirements, but more to reduce unwanted clutter (although for a heavily commented story it could be a considerable amount of data).

Replies:   awnlee jawking
awnlee jawking

@madnige

A further suggestion:
Replace the entire comments section with a 'Reader Comments' javascript link that works similarly to the 'Show story details' link to fetch the comment data from the server to reveal the comments and comment posting link, partly to reduce bandwidth requirements, but more to reduce unwanted clutter (although for a heavily commented story it could be a considerable amount of data).


I like that idea ;)

AJ

Replies:   Crumbly Writer
Crumbly Writer

@awnlee jawking

I like that idea ;)

It sounds like a phenomenal amount of online record keeping (each comment, flag fields, reviewed fields (and dates), non-flag fields, last updated fields, last objected to date, etc.).

It could spin out of control almost as easily as the abuse might.

madnige

From Lazeez's post in another thread, it looks like these are both under consideration for the future already; I'd like to point out that if carefully implemented the javascript link could easily be dropped into other places (such as the story description as suggested in the other thread) with a different callback argument signifying readonly to suppress comment entry or replies except from after the story text.

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