I have long thought the people who bitched about unfair Karma ranking (Funny points not really points, but having them taken away actually takes real points away, or unseen pull that Low UID users have) to be silly. After all, if you arent a complete ass, you arent going to be posting at the bottom of the chain.
Then I posted this: http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=117319&cid=9921696
Funny... I cant post anonymously only about an hour after this. Here is the message I got: Due to excessive bad posting from this IP or Subnet, anonymous comment
posting has temporarily been disabled. You can still login to post.
However, if bad posting continues from your IP or Subnet that
privilege could be revoked as well. If it's you, consider this a
chance to sit in the timeout corner or login and improve your posting
. If it's someone else, this is a chance to hunt them down. If you
think this is unfair, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your
MD5'd IPID and SubnetID, which are "3bcb4482c819e8d917ac28dc729c0e00"
and "e307a2db72c91ac1e57334971cf6ad41" and (optionally, but
preferably) your IP number "XX.XXX.XXX.XXXX" and your username
Bizaar coincidence, but maybe some schmuck down the street is being a cock. So I send an email to moderation explaining the bad use of false positives to restrict posting, and how I specifically have had "Excellent" Karma since about day 2 of me signing up for the account, and while I agree somewhat with the possible restiction of anonymous posting to curb trolling, the prospect of my specific account being suspended was not only rediculous, but horribly irresponsible.
About 42 hours after the "Restriction", I post this nugget (Mostly as humor, but more of an indicator that something is amiss): http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=117594&cid=9939887
Behold, I try to post something a couple of hours later... Due to excessive bad posting from this IP or Subnet, comment posting
has temporarily been disabled. If it's you, consider this a chance to
sit in the timeout corner . If it's someone else, this is a chance to
hunt them down. If you think this is unfair, please email
email@example.com with your MD5'd IPID and SubnetID, which are
"c28a3baaf7d76466113b6358eb58324c" and (optionally, but preferably)
your IP number "XX.XXX.XXX.XXX" and your username "TheRealMindChild"
Now this was at work... on a totally different subnet completely. SOmeone is pissed at me. I try SEVERAL other attempts from completely seperate IP addresses across the globe, and I get the same message everytime. My account is restricted.
At this very moment I have Excellent Karma. At best, I have maybe 3 posts moderated Troll out of the HUNDEREDS of posts I made. It is pretty clear to me that the paranoia around here is justified.