Whilst comments on the kiamagic.com blogs are not centrally moderated (with the exception of filtering out spam), they are subject to community moderation. This was a feature added to the site when we were last in beta before the move to the current server, but which hadn’t had much impact on comment discussions until recently, when we have seen an explosion of its use (perhaps I might add, prompted by my own encouragement).
So I thought I post a quick explanation of how the feature was intended to work, in order to promote discussion of whether we need to fine tune it.
Basically you may have noticed that under each comment you can see the words ‘Sex or Hex?’ followed by a thumbs up or a thumbs down. This allows you to either express love to a comment, or to curse it. For example:
Here I see two posts, one of which has received two ‘Sex’ votes, the other of which has received four ‘Sex’ votes. In the second case, one of those votes was mine, for the voting links are greyed out, whilst I still can vote on the first comment as I haven’t done so yet. Further more, the second comment shown here is highlighted via a larger font to indicate that it is loved. A comment gets considered loved if it has three more ‘Sex’ votes than ‘Hex’ votes.
But what happens if a comment gets more Hex votes?
The comment becomes cursed, and is initially hidden from view. It isn’t however censored as anyone can still choose to read it if they wish, and the tongue in cheek nature of the wording might even encourage them to. So what happens when you decide to read a cursed comment? Well it appears suddenly, as if by magick!
It even has its very own look, just like a loved comment!
What does this mean? Well it means you should probably only ‘Hex’ a comment if you really believe it should be hidden from view, not just because you disagree with its contents.
Why would you want a comment hidden from view? Could be any number of reasons why a comment should be initially hidden from view. For example, if its abusive in content, or if it promotes prejudice and hatred, or if a user attempts to hi-jack a tenuously related thread in order to promote some political agenda. I dunno, those are just some of the reasons I’ve hexed comments.
Of course it doesn’t end there, a cursed comment can be redeemed. A comment gets considered cursed if it receives two more ‘Hex’ votes than ‘Sex’ votes. So if you disagree that a cursed comment should have been hidden, you can express this by simply awarding it a ‘Sex’ vote. This can, in some situations make the difference between whether a comment is initially hidden from view or not.