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Fossidarity wrote (edited )

But would it really deter that much new users? What if you only need to create 1 post? I think it would be a bigger hurdle for trolls than for new users.

If you are a new user and want to create an account to vote for things you probably are already invested in it somewhat, so adding some posts shouldn't be that big of a deal at that point.

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sudo wrote

If you are a new user and want to create an account to vote for things you probably are already invested in it somewhat, so adding some posts shouldn't be that big of a deal at that point.

That's true for some people, but others may not be that invested in the site, and are just making an account to "test the waters". If the first thing they see is that they aren't allowed to vote, that might turn them away from the website, whereas they may have stayed and become a member of the community otherwise. It's a good idea, but I think making an automated vote manipulation detection system would accomplish the same thing, without the downside of potentially turning away new users.

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Fossidarity wrote

You could be right but I've seen this system for example at Stack Overflow and it seems to work pretty well there.

An automated vote manipulation system would of course always be a good thing but it's probably a lot harder to implement.

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buzz wrote

most new users lurk and upvote before they participate in the conversation, as they are learning the norms and ettiteque that comes within the raddle "culture". this is the way for most forums, if there was a more provsions for new users, like a 'welcome' post that everyone does, then this problem would be reduced.

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AngryData wrote

The moment I can't comment or upvote without posting first is the moment im gone. I had 500,000 comment karma on reddit with a 9 year old account, I had 1 post karma from the default.