I totally agree with you Kristi. They are saying that when there is a voting pattern, that somehow it is a manipulation of the writers of the posts. Honestly that's a bit offensive and rude. I'm usually not the kind to chime in but I really felt that they were being unfair so I commented 3 times. I stated there that there could be a pattern simply because the person is an avid reader of a blog and therefore as a consequence will promote things from the blog they regularly read. That wasn't taken into consideration when they wrote the article. I for one spend hours researching and writing my posts.. making sure that the content is top notch. Am I suppose to apologize for marketing my post to those I feel comfortable would help me? Absolutely not! Anyone who's been blogging any amount of time knows that marketing is the biggest part of making it online. Also, what I may consider exceptional content is not what someone else considers great content. Opinions are so diverse! The way they are acting will make sphinners feel self conscious about being judged when they sphinn something. If I had a community that's not how I would want my community to feel. Loved your article Kristi. I hope they stop and actually listen to others instead of arguing their position continuously. All the best, Eren
Kristi, The sphinn guide lines don't say submissions that are part of a contest. Here is exactly what the rules say regarding contests. "3. posts promoting competitions, or submissions made as part of a ranking contest." Specifically say subs that are part of a "ranking contest" When I spoke with one moderator she explained that my rules stipulated that the person with the most sphinns wins and therefore the contest is encouraging people to "game sphinn". Now this completely floored me because the official contest post says nothing about the contestant with the most sphinns wins. In any case it's their site so they can do what they want, but their reasoning makes absolutely no sense to me.
Kristi, I think you really hit the nail on the head! With Sphinn's new moderation guidelines, it has definitely caused some interesting debates on how content should be reviewed. I 100% agree with you on your "Ways to Judge Quality". It should not necessarily be up to one person to decide if the content is of high quality or not. Like you said, one person may find a post extremely helpful and another may not. A post needs to have multiple review checkpoints that gauge if the post should be subject for removal. If other social communities are sharing it and leaving quality comments, it should stay. I was trying to understand why Sphinn wouldn't except posts that were part of a contest? What does having a post entered into a contest, have to do with the posts quality. If anything those posts are usually of the highest quality, because people are trying to earn industry recognition and prizes. To play devil advocate, I can see how people are manipulating these social websites and there needs to be a crackdown. Just because you have a large network of friends who help each other, shouldn't give you the right to be able to bypass everyone and hit the front page. I think there is a fine line between trying to promote your content and manipulating these sites. As long moderators are using good judgment and taking into consideration multiple factors before removing content there shouldn't be any argument as to why something was removed. Looks like you have just created the blueprint for how these bookmarking sites should review content submissions. Awesome Post! Mark