However, I accept that this might not work well. It's possible that the community as a whole could reject unfair_rating_alert! because of its trollish nature. Or, some users may get annoyed when their (percieved unfairly rated) comment are left behind without notice. It's also possible that a coordinated effort of some subset of Trusted Users could just go and force every posted alert down to below 1.00, making them unviewable to the general readership. This is a sociological experiement, the outcome of which is uncertain. I've let the site maintainer know that if ever he believes that the account has become disruptive to the community I'll close it immediately. For now, go to [ufa!'s comment page] for current posted alerts (this is just my comment page).
Do short comments and subject only comments always deserve a 1.00 rating?
Lately I've noticed that just about every comment which only contains a subject and no text in the body, or most comments with only a few sentences, are almost always rated down to a 1.00 regardless of their contextual sensitivity. That is, it could be on topic and relevant, yet because it's short those rating consider it of little to no value. Does this make sense? Isn't it true that sometimes a short comment is appropriate? Should a writer have to find an excess of words in order to reply and make a point without fearing a low rating score? I think that a comment like this can be perfectly justified and appropriate, and as such doesn't automatically deserve a low rating just for being short. Though subject only replies should be tagged with nt so that readers know to avoid clicking for an empty text body.
I've held off on tagging these posts with an unfair_rating_alert! until after posting a question in ufa!'s diary. Let's ask the readers and see how they respond.
All you can realy convey with them is either an injoke or a personal opinion neither of which are very informative thus not adding much to the discussion.
-- DanielThomas (Who hopes he hasn't broken any rules with this editing)
Here is a current revision of canned text I include with each alert notice after my explanation: