Well, this JE (stands for Journal Entry?)
Indeed. I guess I got so used to having JE discussions with a short list of people that I forgot I added you only more recently to my friends list. I don't remember who started using that as shorthand here, sorry for not expanding it earlier.
has certainly ballooned far past the 10 comment stage.
I noticed that is indeed the case on this one. By my experience less than 1% of JEs have that many comments.
More evidence that any mention of Trump is click-bait for trolls, I guess. Already seen sufficient.
The conservative base here responds to certain things in very Pavlovian ways. Similarly you can watch them trip over each other to scream first and loudest if you post a JE on Benghazi.
However, the "perma-hate list" also seems to be an example of the kind of interface problem that would be cured by the kind of financial model I've been advocating for a while.
To be fair I'm referring just to the foes list function for one specific user who was not only notorious for having a disgustingly long list but also for never under any circumstances removing anyone from it.
That deactivation would happen automatically as soon as the ongoing cost project ran out of money or it might happen manually when a bug or problem was detected and too few people were willing to fund a repair project.
That is a wonderfully idealized model. Unfortunately slashdot doesn't do anything about bugs any more. Features don't go away, either; they just stop getting maintained and the crew hopes nobody notices.
Still thinking of a simple solution... How about giving the owner of a journal unlimited mod points in the journal? (Again, a feature I would be willing to help fund, but I bet the implementation project for that feature would be quite small. I think that's actually a case where the first few people to spot the proposal would be able to claim credit for funding a substantial improvement to slashdot...)
Feel free to suggest it to them by email. I think someone still occasionally checks email@example.com. They'll likely respond with an excuse for why it will never happen, but it doesn't cost you anything to suggest it...