In a controversial post a few weeks back, I noticed that good criticism of the post came mostly from established users, whereas bad criticism of the post (hostile, sweary, obviously hadn’t read the post, etc) came mostly from people who had just signed up to comment.
What are the Hive Mind’s thoughts on making it so new posters can’t comment immediately after signing up?
The aim would be to encourage responses rather than reactions, but there are a lot of ways to go about setting thresholds and triggers that allow for interesting new voices while preventing threads being shat up.
One option (per Discourse) might be the setting “newuser max replies per topic” to 0. That feature does what it says on the can. But it gives them no way to get automatically approved-to-comment.
Would a day’s cooldown time be sufficient? An hour’s? This allows new posters to post–just not immediately.
Alternatives could involve getting posting privileges after reading a certain number of threads. This would also stop copypasta (ie specific-issue drive-by truthers) and probably marketing, too.
Maybe there needs to be a “moderation queue” to allow newbie comments to be entered, but not immediately posted. Posts that can only be seen by mods until approved/unflagged. This would mean that high-quality postings from new users aren’t simply denied.