Heh. My journal -- probably a bit like pissing in the ocean. It feels good, but nobody notices.
Anyway, I was clicking through my 'user' pages today (clicking aimlessly, noticing how much snappier Moz 1.1 feels relative to 1.0 on this Solaris box), and noticed that whoa, I have fans!
Up until now, I've entirely avoided the whole friend/foe mechanism. For awhile now, I've checkmarked "unwilling to moderate", and "hide scores". I also browse at '0'. (I used to browse at -1, but it really was too noisy.) Moderation just doesn't seem all that reliable or meaningful, and so I largely ignore it. Too much $3 crack going around. (I don't mind being modded up occasionally though -- if my post is really worth "promoting" to those who browse at higher thresholds.)
The friend/foe mechanism just seemed like another bad idea. It seemed to have the potential to turn Slashdot into a popularity contest like highschool. Either that, or it'd lead to even greater segmentation of the posting populace, with everyone auto-modding up their friends and ignoring everyone else. A sort of "show me only what I agree with and want to hear" mechanism that does little to encourage intelligent discourse and does everything to silo individual cliques. So I just ignored it.
I've thought it over more, now. I certainly don't mind if others mark me as friend or foe. (Although I'd certainly wonder why someone might choose to mark me 'foe'.) I don't have any qualms about marking someone 'friend' anymore either. I don't plan to use the moderation adjustment facility though. I ignore comment moderations for the most part anyway, and I see no reason to change that.
So, I've marked a couple people 'friends' today.
Some are longtime acquaintences (either in meatspace or on
Well, enough rambling. This post is so long, I've received about 9 or 10 spam emails in the meantime:
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As Stimpy would say: Joy!