This article is real food for thoughts.
We will soon release a new site expected to become a leader in its category, based on “one topic only”
That will for over 50% of its content relies on user input (in the social networking fashion but in a tamed way)
I am not concerned with the “for a fee” membership (main revenue source since we do not rely on ad) but am concerned about the other user category “free level” that gets some benefits, among those is posting upon a “lighter” required registration (in the actual model).
In our actual development stage we are questioning if “free level” calls for registration or no registration?
A registration with a verified valid email address allows for a tighter control
Although registered or not the discussion could easily get out of hand
(Fortunately this will not be a political site!)
I made a bad word filter but we both know that those could easily be manipulated in the spammer writing form.
Let’s now think about three options:
24*365 moderated (cost a fortune, unless we really make it :) )
Semi-moderated (not an option, one wants the comments to appear immediately)
And indeed: Free wheel
Free wheel might become the model, our society is more permissive, everyone kind of expect some level of bad words/bad test comments (and unfortunately became used to…)
There is a difference in between the noble art of fencing and barbaric attack
But again aren’t we trained to expect blood?
[edited by: engine at 11:30 am (utc) on Jan. 21, 2008]
[edit reason] typo correction requested by henry0 [/edit]