Don Anderson


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Should commenting on TED talks be limited to members with +01.00 or greater TEDCred?

Lately I noticed that a fair amount of post/comments on Ted talks are spam and some seem trollish by members with TEDCred of 00.00 and have done no other post.
Although I feel all opinions are welcome, I think a minimum TEDCred would lead to better comments/conversions on TED talks.

What do you think?

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    Mar 22 2013: I've noticed that commenters that are new and have come here to experience this site due to a rather passionate public and international debate and have a vast knowledge of the subject tend to dominate the debates on the subject and jam it up with noise if it doesn't flow with their held view. We are all susceptible to trollish behavior, I know, I've been down that road many a time without realizing it.

    If a commenter is or looks to be trolling then the best course of action is to ignore it, if everyone ignores the comment and you will know it's being ignored then it has no weight. Really, it affects us internally only, as in you, your internal macroverse, the storm of you and that storm can turn into a hurricane just from written words on a screen yet outside of your skin it's a beautiful day.

    This place doesn't exist but one day, maybe for our children it will. Personally i would like to have a group that is always on guard as the mods are very busy but then would it be right? We're human and have crazy pendulums inside us, I'm always wrestling with mine.
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      Mar 22 2013: “If a commenter is or looks to be trolling then the best course of action is to ignore it”

      I fully agree and they don’t really bother me, at most I consider them a waste of my time.
      I’m just wondering if having a TEDCred requirement would filter some spam and thus help the moderators.
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    Mar 24 2013: I should have explained what triggered this post:
    Firstly I do “Flag as abuse” the “earn so much a week at home” post, and feel flag works to reduce the time until their removed.

    The day I created this conversation I noticed (at the time) the three most recent posts in the Bono TED talk where negative and done by posters that had 00.00 TEDCRED and had done no other post.
    I know better than to feed the possible troll(s) by replying, and I also did see them clearly as abusive comments. And the thought of having minimum TEDCRED popped into my head as a possible easy way sizably reduce trolls and spam post in ted talks.
    FYI: I don’t see this as a significant issue, in fact I see pros and cons to my proposal.
    Anyway thinks for the feedback.
  • Mar 24 2013: Cred sounds like a bunch of crud to me.
    Let's see, who should we begin eliminating from the population of the world?
  • Mar 23 2013: No.
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    Mar 23 2013: The goal of reducing trolls is admirable. Doing it by pre-qualifying participants is an unlikely road to success. It will cost many valuable contributions in exchange for screening-out an occasional moron. Let the TEDsters exercise their critical thinking skills and ignore, or flag, the abuse.
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    Mar 23 2013: Flag as abuse works fine for me.
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    Mar 22 2013: how do they get tedcred?
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      Mar 22 2013: Posting good comments to TED conversations is one way that I know of to get TEDCred.
      I’m not sure but I would think having more then just a name in your profile would be worth something.

      Just to be clear; I’m just talking about comments to TED talks, and not any other areas.
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        Mar 22 2013: ah, i see now. it won't solve much, we would see a lot of zealots dropping a "hello". it also won't help the recent zombie outbreak happening in some conversations, much worse than what happens in comments.