Your oppinion about the upvote style of forums

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  • Lets get a good discussion in here, I've meant to post this like... A month ago... (Woops) But I am interested in your opinions about upvote style forums, like Reddit, Imgur's comment system, ETC.

    I personally think its a horrible designed system, I think that it encourages someone to just get something out there fast for upvotes. Not thinking too much about the content they share. Then comes the idea of downvoting arguments that are valid but the user doesn't agree with. It throws the valid argument down the thread where less people will see it.

    Anyways, I would love to hear from what you people think about this.

  • That's a great question. i think that it depends on the nearby content. Imgur? great use; drive-by comments directly related to humor. Reddit? inferior use; substantive content is hampered by showboating at the comment level. But, at the thread level it can certainly be a useful tool; democratic nomination of the most entertaining content. And, as long as there are groups based on content those who seek something other than that can find their way home.

  • I think it very much depends on the type of discussion you're having. It works really well for Q&A forums, as there's always a right and wrong answer, but once you start delving into highly opinionated topics, then the popular opinions are the ones that make it to the top, and you begin to see things like vote brigading and the concept of a "hivemind".

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    So what would this page you're proposing look like? How would it work?

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    Thank you, will check it.

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    @Hưng-Thành-Nguyễn said:

    @peter for more details, when you restart/reload the forum in the ACP or in CLI, it will ask you to refresh the page to apply the changes such as templates... NodeBB is non-reloading template system, everything is loaded when you first load the forum. It just reload the data when you click the links or have a new data push to it then it render with preload templates.

    Thanks for the details!

    @julian said:

    @peter If you are seeing that message and you are not doing anything related to restarting or reloading, your NodeBB is crashing repeatedly and automatically bringing itself back to life.

    Run ./nodebb log and show us if there are any errors logged 🙂

    I saw it here on when I first signed up and was browsing around. Didn't understand it so that led me to post the topic. Noted your tip. Thanks!

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    Filtered channels and private conversations are a great approach, but I think NodeBB won't go that way in the future.
    So esoTalk is an alternative to NodeBB because it's also fast and comfortable to use.

    The combination with all the benefits of both would be the absolute best solution...