This week, I trialed a new feature: the text colour of RTH comments with net negative comment voting scores becomes progressively fainter as the score gets more negative. I asked RTH readers to take a look and let me know what they think.
The site's resident trolls were apoplectic, which may be a sign that this is the right way to go. One person even launched a sock puppet attack in response. At the same time, other readers had some thoughtful reservations.
In response to some of the feedback, I tweaked it so that the fading doesn't start until a comment has a score of -2 and the faintest colour is still readable. I also made the feature optional for registered users.
So now I'm putting it out to the community: should we keep it, modify it, or get rid of it? From my reading of the comments, here are the main arguments for and against:
To obtain community feedback on this feature, I'm using the comment voting system in a non-tradtional way. I have posted three comments below, corresponding to the following three options:
Just vote for your preferred option. If voting for option 2, leave a comment recommending the change(s) you would like to see.
Note: When determining which option is most popular, I will only count upvotes, not the overall score. In other words, downvotes won't count.
On Monday we'll see what people think about it.
One more thing: sock puppet accounts will be deleted. Don't try to game the results.
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