Hey, Pudge. The Mumia what's-his-name thing. I turned up with moderator points Thursday or so, first time in my life ever on any slash site (you'd think with 30+ karma on slashdot now and going strong since March and having three story submissions make it to the front page I'd get a chance eventually.
So, I'm sure we all disagree, but that's just a great example of how well the moderation system really works. I mean, some of us felt it was inciting to riot; some of us felt it added nothing to the discussion; some of us felt it added something; some of us felt it didn't hurt. The end result (so far) is that our relative opinions canceled out.
Ironically I read some stuff in a slashdot journal recently with some folks screaming about the fact that slashdot editors could moderate at will. (I guess they never realized they have root on the box and admin privileges in the database.) Never bothered me, personally, but I thought it was funny that you casually mention it here and the source code is completely open while the whiners in that journal acted like it was a carefully guarded secret they had discovered.
With the traffic level we have right now, how many people have moderator points at any given time on use Perl;? I couldn't really figure out what to do with my points, actually, and I was glad for that one to have a place to spend them.
Please comment, flame, whatever.
Speaking of which, can anyone actually use the code I wrote down there that Matt Sergeant inspired?