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  1. Nov 2018
    1. They can spew hate amongst themselves for eternity, but without amplification it won’t thrive.

      This is a key point. Social media and the way it amplifies almost anything for the benefit of clicks towards advertising is one of its most toxic features. Too often the extreme voice draws the most attention instead of being moderated down by more civil and moderate society.

  2. Oct 2018
    1. "I am really pleased to see different sites deciding not to privilege aggressors' speech over their targets'," Phillips said. "That tends to be the default position in so many online 'free speech' debates which suggest that if you restrict aggressors' speech, you're doing a disservice to America—a position that doesn't take into account the fact that antagonistic speech infringes on the speech of those who are silenced by that kind of abuse."
  3. Jul 2017
    1. Comments sections often become shouting matches or spam-riddled.

      They can also become filled with "me too" type of commentary which doesn't add anything substantive to the conversation.

      See also the Why Did you Delete my comment at http://www.math.columbia.edu/~woit/wordpress/?page_id=4338

  4. Apr 2016
    1. Several content moderation experts point to Pinterest as an industry leader. Microsoft’s Tarleton Gillespie, author of the forthcoming Free Speech in the Age of Platform, says the company is likely doing the most of any social media company to bridge the divide between platform and user, private company and the public. The platform’s moderation staff is well-funded and supported, and Pinterest is reportedly breaking ground in making its processes transparent to users. For example, Pinterest posts visual examples to illustrate the site’s "acceptable use policy" in an effort to help users better understand the platform’s content guidelines and the decisions moderators make to uphold them.
  5. Sep 2015
  6. Aug 2015
    1. Hegemonic online voting systems are not useful mechanisms for the creation of equitable online communities, which is a prerequisite for more nuanced and sophisticated collaborative textual interpretation.

      So true. Early design drafts of Hypothesis assumed the typical up/down voting, but I've been pretty opposed to adding it.

  7. Jul 2015
    1. http://ssrn.com/abstract=2588493

      Grimmelmann, James. "The Virtues of Moderation." April 1, 2015. SSRN http://ssrn.com/abstract=2588493 keywords: moderation, online communities, semicommons, peer production, Wikipedia, MetaFilter, Reddit 17 Yale J.L. & Tech. 42 (2015) U of Maryland Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2015-8

  8. Jun 2015
    1. semico m- mons — a resource that is owned and managed as private pro p- erty at one l evel but as a commons at a n other, and in which “both common and private uses are important and impact si g- nificantly on each other.” 42

      Yes, this acknowledgement of the largely private space of the online world is far too often overlooked in utopian views of the Internet as a "commons."

    2. shared infrastru c ture with limited capacity

      Does it?

    3. well - moderated community will have low costs

      If the moderators are unpaid community members?

    4. moderation can increase access to online commun i- ties.

      But doesn't deleting someone's stuff make it less open (at least to them)?

    5. participation in moderation and in setting moderation

      So transparency is critical.

    6. the unlucky YouTube employees who manual ly r e- view flagged videos. 24

      This isn't automated?

    7. r when a comm u- nity is tor n between participants with incompatible goals (e.g. , amateur and professional photogr a phers).

      Are expert and amateur always incompatible in this way? I'm thinking here of how to at once allow for anyone to have a conversation on a page using annotation, but also to surface for discovery expert voices...

    8. moderation by flagg ing unwanted posts for deletion because they enjoy being part of a thriving communit

      Motivating users to take ownership seems key. A simple flag feature could make an active user all the more involved.

    9. Thus, even though it is not pa r- ticularly helpful to talk about Google as a c ommunity in its own rig ht, 21 it and other search engines play an important role in the overall mo d eration of the Web . 22

      Indeed, Google search organizes communities from their inception: which entry points are immediately discoverable and which are not.

    10. ex ante versus ex pos

      Before or after the event. In terms of online community moderation, this likely refers to systems that prevent or punish bad behavior.

    11. norms versus architectu

      From "pathetic dot" theory, popularized Larry Lessig's Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace.

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      "Architecture" refers to the technical infrastructures that regulate individual behavior. In this case, I suppose that would be the design of online communities?

    12. d. When they do their job right, they cr e- ate the conditions under which cooperation is possib

      This is an obvious point, but one that I think is not necessarily emphasized in discussion of the problem of moderation: it's not just about deleting bad content, it's about enabling good content creation.

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    1. called on designers and social scientists to ethically embrace their role as the web's “civil servants,”

      Got to read this article itself, but civil servants are civil servants because they are employed by the government, not because they think of themselves that way. I love the idea, but I guess I'm worried that without something more official in place, this ethos cannot be institutionalized or even broadly applied.

    2. dependent on those who use them and on the subjective judgments of the people who provide mutual aid.

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      As in "real-life," what do we do about the George Zimmermans of the world, rogue "moderators" claiming a kind of "mutual aid" in their neighborhood watch, but deeply problematic in their views and actions.

    1. They won’t continue to log on if they find their family photos sandwiched between a gruesome Russian highway accident and a hardcore porn video.

      Conjecture!