Not enough comments are being promoted!


#1

This comment was promoted to the article page, because a BB writer Liked it:

That… is not very useful as a comment on the article.

Most articles never get comments promoted, since the writers don’t like posts very much. For example, @beschizza has 947 topics posted and only 175 likes given.

I think an algorithm based mostly on the likes from everyone, giving more weight to the staff members to preserve existing behavior when desired, would be better.

As a starting point I’m going to propose a flat limit of 7 likes to promote, with likes from BB writers being weighted as 10.


#2

I support your idea in the sense that it is more democratic and favors us, the happy mutant peanut gallery, as a worthwhile entity. Most certainly, the example you cite is a dumb addition to the article page. But honestly, I don’t really care about “promotion.”

BB readers ought to be using the BBS, in which case they’re gonna see everyone’s comment. But, I guess there’s a lot of traffic on the article pages due to casual readers and folks “passing through.” So, this makes me think that the promoted comments are a way of advertising the forum. But I don’t particularly want people that are just “passing through” using the forum, anyway. By the same logic, I don’t really care if they read my comment, either. Now, if our comments were considered valuable and like youtube we actually got paid for drawing traffic to the site, then this would be of vital importance. But as it stands, I’m kinda like “so what?”

I guess what I’m saying is I don’t understand why we have promoted comments in the first place, but maybe there are good reasons and I’m not approaching the idea correctly?

However–yes: if we are going to have them, I suppose they’re worth doing correctly.


#3

Yes, that should not have been promoted. It was simply a mistake.


#5

We’re not interested in algorithmic promotion, by and large. The inevitable result is the feeling that the BBS is an outhouse for second-class comments that are not worthy–and a disjointed, decontextualized, duplicative selection on the post itself.

It’s our job to pick out insightful, funny, powerful, well-researched responses for presentation on the blog. That’s the standard we’re aiming at for promotions!


#6

Okay, it’s fine if you don’t want it to be automatic. The problem that I noticed still stands - barely any promotions are happening.

Yes, and I’m trying to identify a problem - that job isn’t being done.

[Changed title from “Please change criteria for promoting comments” to “Not enough comments are being promoted!”]


#7

Is it possible to see from BBS which (if any) of a users comments have been promoted?

I never go to BB so I don’t know, but just for curiosity’s sake it’d be interesting if it was available alongside likes, edits, bookmarks etc.


#8

Sure just look for any comment liked by a BB editor. If it is liked by a BB editor, it will be promoted to the BB site proper from BBS.

If it was not, it will not.


#9

@daneel here’s some links to help you with that:

http://bbs.boingboing.net/users/maggiekb/activity/likes-given (313 likes, 674 topics)
http://bbs.boingboing.net/users/jlw/activity/likes-given (312 likes, 165 topics)
http://bbs.boingboing.net/users/beschizza/activity/likes-given (175 likes, 947 topics)
http://bbs.boingboing.net/users/frauenfelder/activity/likes-given (170 likes, 700 topics)
http://bbs.boingboing.net/users/doctorow/activity/likes-given (71 likes, 2605 topics)
http://bbs.boingboing.net/users/pesco/activity/likes-given (12 likes, 561 topics)

A topic is roughly equivalent to a post on the BoingBoing site - there are a few exceptions, like the category definition topics being owned by beschizza, but they’re few enough to ignore.


#10

Nice listing. I’d promote this, but … :smiley:


#11

Hard to impress Pesco.


#12

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