This sounds like an idea for extensions, allowing to sort messages in a channel.
Beyond an extension, I personally need convincing on the idea of message scores and reputation. 3 reasons why I’m cautious:
Neither are ultimate measures of quality. Sensationalism and popularity contests around the corner
Both tend to reinforce themselves
Both can easily be gamed, which is a problem especially in combination with first two points
That said, I recognize the problem of finding order in chaos of messages. So I see the appeal of an extension. Aside from that I’d like to think of other options to bring chaos. Status updates can help, as can threads
Reputation is important to me on any public platform where users can post. I appreciate this suggestion being surfaced for discussion where it might be further improved upon. Reputation-based content ranking shouldn’t be dismissed out of hand simply because it was used and/or abused elsewhere, but I do feel that Status core contributors should only implement features that match the principles they express, especially censorship resistance.
Status users should never be automatically opted in to any form of filtering, as that is a form of censorship. If filtering exists, users should control its thresholds and be able to opt in and out at any time. To avoid abuse of a reputation-based system, account duration and the use of SNT as a trust metric could be used. The upcoming Tribute to Talk feature will eventually address/discourage unsolicited content at the private chat level, but perhaps could be used as a trust metric for reputation.
I always encourage people to express a dissenting opinion… but if you don’t have a “better” idea, it’s unproductive to tear down other potential solutions (especially battle-tested ones) without offering one of your own.
Great suggestion! I was concerned about the risk of people taking this Feature Request as a step towards some kind of censorship. Having it implemented as an extension (so optional) mitigates that risk!
Yes! If we gave users multiple options: hide downvoted messages, sort messages by score, etc - that would be even better!
I don’t think there ever will be an ultimate measure of quality. The perception of value (or quality) is subjective. This makes it complex (at least in the long term), but I don’t think that’s a reason to drop the idea altogether. For now, we could introduce something simple (even a hotfix).
I do think that the garbage flood (malicious random messages) is a big threat to us. It may take us a few months back if our users become discouraged and bored with having to deal with spam every day.
I guess we might be a bit closer - like technically closer (as there is an interface already - reactions). But when it comes to the main issue (actual collective moderation and/or user reputation) - no, because reactions mean nothing.
Spam message can get 100 dislikes and that will change nothing for no one. So we need to tie reactions to message (and user) score, and then to user score, and then hide/fold messages based on message or author score.