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Friday, January 23, 2004


Your voices, from the roots

FromTheRoots allows visitors to become part of a community through posting comments, diaries and suggesting stories. The site, pioneered by Daily Kos and pointed out by Jim Moore, is intended to support Democratic candidates and issues. It welcomes debate on which candidates to support in a primary and what is the best Democratic approach on an issue.

Posting comments is the easiest way to get involved. Diaries allow users to post their own content with a more open-ended format (comments are meant to respond to a specific story). All users can rate all comments, except their own.

To suggest a story, first choose an Issue or State ...

All users can rate all comments

To determine trusted and untrusted users, FromTheRoots uses a system called "Mojo" to try to keep the comments as high-signal as possible. The site's page on etiquette for participation explains:

"All users can rate all comments, except their own, between 1 and 5. When your comments are rated by others, those ratings are combined into a weighted average -- newer comments count more than older ones -- called your "Mojo". This, roughly, represents the rating the site could expect your next comment to receive based on your past comments.

Users who have a mojo greater than a certain minimum and who have posted a sufficient number of comments are considered "trusted" users, and have the added capability to rate comments below the normal minimum rating. If enough of a user's comments are rated below 1, that user becomes "untrusted", which means that respected members of the community have repeatedly indicated that your input is offensive, content-free, or merely intended to annoy others."

# posted by Ingrid J. Jones @ 1/23/2004
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