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    • What's the story for topic moderation?

      It seems that right now topics are curated by site owners. No idea about moderation - are there any mechanisms to prevent topic abuse? From the very obvious spam, which should be easy to detect (spammers going broad and wide) to the nuanced "this thing doesn't belong here". Historically, the best job at doing this has been done by the topical communities themselves. What are the Cake plans here?

    • I think this is one of the most important questions we can ask about Cake because topics are so core to the design. We have to get really good at this.

      Right now several us us pay attention to the topics people add. It's common for our users to quickly type in topics that don't already exist that are close to ones that do. For example, I just merged keto with keto diet and it caused the topic keto to disappear from some conversations and be replaced with keto diet.

      It's clear that what we're doing casually with a few of us is going to have to be owned by someone really good at it in the future and then a really good team. It will never be perfect but it seems a big step forward from the way hashtags work now on Instagram and Twitter.

      I've had a vague notion of user curated topics for a long time. For example, Best of B&W photography. Maybe curated topics get a small badge indicating who owns it, I don't know. It seems like an idea with a future but it's no more than one of my fantasies at the moment.

      What do you think?

    • Having a team of moderators *per* topic would work nicely, I think. Problem is, if you give ownership to the first person interested, how do you avoid topic-squatting? How do you hand over a topic, after original owners go AWOL? Reddit handles those *somewhat*, but I think it's stackexchange that got a lot of those things *right*. Problem is, they have a scoring mechanism that allows them to select "trustworthy" individuals. Maybe we could calculate 7d activity score for a new topic, and then propose top 3-5 posters to become admins?

      Never designed a social site before, so my ideas are probably horrible :D

    • Markos Giannopoulos

      I think if one checks the history of online communities, success comes down a lot to having the proper moderators safeguarding civil discussion (either by just participating and setting the tone or also by enforcing rules of participation). It's a thankless task for the grand majority of the time and very few people step up to the role.

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