posted ago by Doggos (context) +11 / -2

Version 1.1.9.0 (08/03/2020) adds a new test feature which allows moderators to provide context for posts.

In fast moving communities, it's sometimes hard to keep up with the meaning behind memes and other content.

We've added a new button for moderators where they can set a link which explains the topic.

For example, if the front page has memes about bears, that could be confusing if you haven't visited the community earlier in the day. It'd perhaps be useful for a "(context)" link beside the post author's username, which links you to the original post which explains the bear situation.

As a demonstration, I have set an example context for this post - which you can find beside my username.

Version 1.1.9.0 (08/03/2020) adds a new test feature which allows moderators to provide context for posts. In fast moving communities, it's sometimes hard to keep up with the meaning behind memes and other content. We've added a new button for moderators where they can set a link which explains the topic. For example, if the front page has memes about bears, that could be confusing if you haven't visited the community earlier in the day. It'd perhaps be useful for a "(context)" link beside the post author's username, which links you to the original post which explains the bear situation. As a demonstration, I have set an example context for this post - which you can find beside my username.
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pseudosapient 3 points ago +3 / -0

I... can't say I'm a fan of this, as-is.

Used "properly", it's alright, but there's no way to enforce that.

It's another way for a moderator to impose their own spin on anything a poster posts.

Now, if it could be set by the person making the post, sure.

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Doggos [S] [M] 3 points ago +3 / -0

It's another way for a moderator to impose their own spin on anything a poster posts.

Good point - this could be true. I don't think we'll remove this functionality unless we see it being misused, nor will we allow users to set the context for their own posts (because that adds a whole new surface for misuse that moderators will need to keep an eye on, and it's just not valuable enough of a feature to warrant that)

We could allow users to remove the context that a moderator has set for their post, and disallow moderators from setting a context for their content in the future.

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techied 3 points ago +3 / -0

Consider exposing this functionality to the post author, it's unlikely that moderators would take the time to set context on every meme.

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Doggos [S] [M] 2 points ago +2 / -0

Consider exposing this functionality to the post author

The feature likely doesn't provide enough value for this. It's a new surface area that moderators would have to monitor for abuse.

One step to prevent misuse would be to only allow the context to be a link to a post in the same community. Currently, it's possible to link anywhere.

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techied 2 points ago +2 / -0

How much could it really be abused though, considering you can only link to other posts (this would be a server side restriction), the most you could do is link to another post that is not related whatsoever. That content is already moderated, so no harm done? Maybe I'm not looking at it right, though.

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Houdini 1 point ago +1 / -0

Set a threshold (# of posts + upvotes) after which post authors may set their own contexts and for those who have less than the threshold let them set the context but simultaneously queue it for mod approval.

If you add a "report wrong context option" on the post and it gathers enough reports by "trusted" users then it automatically gets removed from the queue reducing the burden on the mods.

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Sususu 1 point ago +1 / -0

Found this weird bug, on this thread https://thedonald.win/p/GbtTKxyo/op-delivers-the-mask-burrito-fig/c/

If you search(ctrl+f) for "How many guys are 6'7" you will get 2 results, but the thing is both results are the exact same post, if you search for another comment ouside that reply thread, the results are normal.

Tried on Firefox and Edge, bug is present on both but it doesn't show if you view the comment from the individual permalink.