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    • Markos Giannopoulos

      Over at a Facebook I just had a weird experience with a person (could be trolling or just having some issues today or I was just being an idiot perhaps). To summarise I made 4 comments she made 13, I never said anything negative, she ended up insulting me, my mother and then threatening to block me if I replied back. All of the above happened as replies on someone else’s post. Two complete strangers can easily end up in “internet road” rage fight for no reason at all

      Yes, this sounds ridiculous, but it got me thinking. Cake these two modes, the classic open-to-all discussion threads and the (in response to situations like the one described above) Panel feature where only specific people can post.

      How about a third way though, based on time/quantity? How much different would the situation I described above be if me and her could only post once (in the specific thread) every 24 hours? Temper is often, well, short, especially towards complete strangers. Would you really care to come back with a thoughtless comment if you could only have one per day? Or would you make sure you had something considerate to say?

      Thoughts? :)

    • So instead of posting a slew of comments, the commentary would be condensed into one legnthy onslaught of angry cited points in similar fashion to Donald Trump. 🤣

    • Interesting idea.

      Cake does impose some rate limits on posting, but they're pretty generous and are only really intended to thwart obvious spammers.

    • Markos Giannopoulos

      After posting this I thought that this is something that can be applied a personal level. One can chose himself not to reply instantly (I'm not following up on this now obviously!), without the social media/forum/whatever software forcing him.

    • How about a third way though, based on time/quantity? How much different would the situation I described above be if me and her could only post once (in the specific thread) every 24 hours?

      Not sure this would work though. Even in your own thread here, you've replied twice because two different people have commented. Presumably, you'll reply to me as well and any other subsequent comments, so a limit on posts per thread doesn't seem feasible.

      I've dealt with my own fair share of trolls on the internet, and the best way to deal with them is to just ignore them. Over time you develop the ability to identify trolls from a single post or comment, so it's best to pick your battles when commenting on an online post.

    • Another way to prevent yourself from escalating the situation like this into a bigger argument is to ignore that person. On Cake we let you do just that. Selecting an "ignore" from the menu next to user's post will collapse all of their posts. You can still expand them at any time in case you're curious.

    • Markos Giannopoulos

      @JazliAziz

       Even in your own thread here, you've replied twice because two different people have commented

      Well I can comment to two people at the same time! :)

      @Vilen

      Another way to prevent yourself from escalating the situation like this into a bigger argument is to ignore that person.

      True, but getting used to ignore/mute/block functions obliterate the opportunity of more rational discussions with persons who are only temporarily not the best match for discussion.

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      Some further thought: not posting so often on a discussion you start, allows other people to participate and more arguments to appear.

    • It might be interesting to experiment with a mode that you can set on your own replies/threads/posts in which anyone can reply, including yourself, but the comment itself will not be posted until some period of time later. One hour, six hours, eight hours, 12 hours, 24 hours, etc. Up until the comment goes live, it can be edited or deleted by the creator. At the end of the period, it just gets posted.

      I think that would give a lot of flexibility when it comes to "slow mode" for conversation. It's not necessarily something I would be interested in using for my own posts/comments, but I can definitely see it being useful in certain circumstances, particularly when talking about contentious issues.

    You've been invited!