For a week or two now you’ve been able to give a thumbs up to comments posted on this site, but the means to express your disapproval with a comment has been missing.. Well, its missing no more. Thanks to c0der, you now have the option of rating each and every comment on this blog either positive or negative.
The appearance of each comment is determined by it’s score. Currently each comment rated above a score of ten gets one of these icons in the upper right hand corner:
comments rated above twenty get a background color highlight and an icon like this:
comments rated below negative ten get converted to a slightly faded smaller font, while comments rated below negative twenty get converted to mouse type: tiny little mouse type, like this.
So now even if you’re shy and don’t feel like leaving comments you can join in the meta-conversation by rating up comments you agree with and rating down comments you disagree with.
Please use this power for good instead of evil. I know you’ll end up using this however you want, but I think its reasonable to keep all honest comments that are on topic above -20, even if you don’t agree with their premise. I think mouse type is best reserved for spam, obvious trolls and nonsense posts. Better to debate points, rather that simply trying to silence alternative viewpoints.
I’d also like to take this opportunity to solicit your general feedback on this site. Do you like this new comment rating system and feel like the thresholds are set appropriately? What are your favorite/least favorite things about this blog and what general improvements would you request? I can’t promise that I can address all concerns, but I’d love to hear your opinions.
Last but not least a huge thanks to c0der, who fixed up the comment rating system within a few hours. Great work and greatly appreciated!