- The FAQ
This has got to be the best place to start on this topic. The FAQ contains imformation on the current state of Moderation. Starting with in the Comments and Moderation section and continuing through the Meta-Moderation section gives the reader a good idea of where things stand now. It should be noted that most answers clame to have been updated June 6, 2000 so "now" may be a little out of date, but this also attests to the stability of the current system.
Of particular interest to this endevor is the section How did the moderation system develop? This section give a brief background, and hints at the struggle to comu up with the current system. Unfortuinatly for historians it leaves out any source material.
- First Moderation Story September 17 1998
The beginnings of the current moderation system can be traced to this story. I have actually fornt two previous posts ( here from April 15 1998, and here from January 08 1998 that descuss the problem but offer no solution) This artile is also interesting for some other reasons. First, it refers to deleting comments, something that would now be held in ill regard but which apperently was the predisesor of comment moderation. Second is the closely related issue of anonomous posting. Once again something that is a sacred right of slashdot in the present (again refer to the FAQ) was being concidered for removal at this time. Lastly, there is the poll. When I read the story the following results were displayed: No Moderation 346; No AC 375; A Dozen Moderators 819; Public Voting System 187. I record these sence the poll is still live and I voted in it to find out hence the 188 in the last field.
Note: Up until sometime in 1999 comments were deleted after 2 months so none of the actual comments rrefered to show up. I wonder of CmdrTaco has any of his e-mail from this period.
- The First Moderation Scheme Explined September 19 1998
Here is where the first 25 moderators come from. Actually there were only to be a dozen, but close. While this is not the general moderation we know and love today, all the general elements are there: Limits on effect, Ability to use or ignore moderation, mod up or down with a points system, and number of moderation proportional to number of comments.
In this post is also the growing realization that any system opened to the public will be abused if the opprotunity exists. This satns in stark contrast to many previous posts when both the community and the internet were smaller.
- Implimenting the First System October 13, 1998
This is sort of a in the middle post that contains some references to the chalenges of implimenting moderation. This most significant bit for me is "please don't bother emailing and asking for moderator access. I've sort of unofficially decided that anyone who asks will be denied simply to be fair." This is all part of the question of who will moderate.
- What to do about ACs October 30, 1998
- More AC Fun: Thresholds November 08 1998
- Slashdot Moderation Phase 1.1: 400 New Moderators March 23, 1999
Note: This is the first post with comments still in existance
Note: Sense moderators were still perminate, it was necessary to keep there identies obscure. roysrgnr was the only user I could find of the first 408 and that only becaues he or she posted a comment to that effece and had his or her access revolked.
- -1 to 5 Scale Set March 25, 1999
See Point 8
- Trolls September 05, 1999
- Karma and Meta-Moderation(M2) September 06, 1999
- Metamoderation September 07 1999
Ok, I'll fill in the rest of this when I have time. I wnated to get the links down on paper.