Continuing the discussion from Soylent on Fox News (via FB):
The fact that we’re getting more and more people in the board is in fact an Awesome Thing. We have experts in specific fields commenting and adding to discussions, new perspectives on the whole DIY recipe paradigm (I think there are at least four or five ‘camps’ forming between food analogues and pure-powder-forms), and a number of questions being asked that simply haven’t been considered before.
This said, that larger range of people, by sheer statistical inevitability, will include those that are quick to react, are just here to vent, are overly emotional about a subject, or are simply mis-/un- informed, leaving the intentional troll aside.
So far we’ve been able to handle ourselves pretty well, but in light of a recent subject that is on the verge of being barred from discussion entirely despite the interest many have in it (and the need for a thread of said subject that doesn’t degrade into a gripe fest), this is starting to become a Problem.
For now, this has been a case of a couple bad apples, and some folks that aren’t familiar in how to respond.
So, the intention of this topic is to discuss how best to handle said behavior, from both a community perspective and a moderator perspective. Keep in mind that posting on the thread ‘don’t feed the trolls’ itself fuel to a flame war. That can more easily be moved to a PM to the feeder; they’re probably more reasonable to talk to anyways.
I’ll leave @Rick to continue from here, with a couple [additions]:
Another suggestion for moderators would also be an ‘n° Strikes rule.’ This isn’t a ‘three strikes rule,’ it’s a n-degree strikes rule. I think it’s fair to assume that three minor infractions shouldn’t cause a suspension or ban when after two major strikes a third probably shouldn’t be given the chance.
As for the community at large, my best suggestion so far is to encourage the use of the flag system (‘off-topic’ and ‘inappropriate’ are underused, me thinks), and if it fits under neither of these, strike up a conversation in private, and learn about your fellow human. You’d be surprised at what you may find.
Moderators, do you have any input in this regard? What can the community at large do to make your jobs easier?
ps: maybe we should just create a ‘logical fallacies’ or ‘common misconceptions’ thread and point people there in PM when they slip up. I doubt we’ve seen the last of the ‘soylent green is PEOPLE! ew!’ threads, after all.