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  • The code that runs this site is the same code that is used for slashdot. (Well, sometimes it's at a different version level - pudge is one of the developers of slashcode and I seem to recall him running new releases here before they got used for the slashdot site.)

    Moderation allows you to rate the discussion on news articles. However, this site only gets a few news articles per month and there are few discussion comments posted to them - having more than 5 comments is rare, 0 is more common; in contrast, slashdot usually gets hundreds and sometimes over a thousand comments on a signle article, and they post on the order of 20 or 30 articles per day.

    Moderation is not applied to journal comments (such as the one I am writing here), which is where the bulk of the posting occurs on this site.

    Moderation is invited from users who: (1) are long time participants - not one of the most recent 10% registrants (I think the number os 10%, but I may be wrong); (2) has no also written comments to the same article; (3) has not been downgraded by enough bad feedback from the meta-moderation process.

    When there are no recent article comments, no moderation can be done, and no moderator cookies are handed out.

    Meta-moderation is a feedback mechanism to provide a check on moderation (just as moderation provides a check on commentary). All users can offer to meta-moderate. They are shown a number of recent moderation actions and asked to judge whether the moderation was fairly done or inappropriate. Each moderation can be meta-moderated a few times.

    When all recent moderation has been meta-moderated a few times, there is nothing available to be meta-moderated.

    The whole moderation/meta-moderation process is designed for a high volume site with a number of people who misuse the site in their postings or their use of the moderation process. In that venue, it provides a huge benefit. On this site, it is essentially wasted.