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Self labeling comments

Other than Exemplary, it might be useful for the ability to self label a comment. While in some sense it might be desirable for anyone posting a comment that falls under such a category, and is self aware, to simply refrain from posting, some of the boundaries for labels such as joke and off-topic can be rather fuzzy.

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  1. [5]
    cfabbro
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    Already on Gitlab: Feature request: label own comments as offtopic (maybe also joke and/or noise)
    8 votes
    1. [4]
      FlippantGod
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      Thanks for doing some due diligence where I should have. Because it didn't come up, is there any reason the capability to self label should be limited to anything other than Exemplary? For...

      Thanks for doing some due diligence where I should have.

      Because it didn't come up, is there any reason the capability to self label should be limited to anything other than Exemplary? For example, if someone was going to post something malicious and was self aware enough and had enough integrity (well...) to self label as malice, is there any reason to stop them?

      I could see it potentially encouraging a**hole behavior as if self labeling was enough to justify it, but IDK. All the other labels are much less extreme but the principle might hold. Thoughts?

      Edit: also, self labeling as malice enables someone who has had a change of heart to rebuke their past self. I don't know if that can be considered healthy, but I guess it's a use case.

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      1. [3]
        cfabbro
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        NP. And yeah, I would definitely be worried that people being able to self-label with Malice would just encourage poor behavior for very little benefit. Whereas unlike Malice, comments that are...

        NP. And yeah, I would definitely be worried that people being able to self-label with Malice would just encourage poor behavior for very little benefit. Whereas unlike Malice, comments that are Offtopic, Joke and even Noise (in some circumstances) can still be valuable, and perhaps even moreso if they could be self-labeled. E.g. When someone says "Thanks" to someone that helped them, that is technically "Noise" but not the kind that should be discouraged.

        p.s. As for people using Malice to rebuke their own past comments, I don't see that as being particularly valuable, or likely to happen. Besides, in such cases, an edit to their comment explaining things, or even deleting their comment, would be the wiser move, IMO.

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          FlippantGod
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          Right. Of all the labels, Malice is the one Tildes can't afford to encourage by any measure. I think a similar, less severe principle holds with joke, but as the social stigma for posting a joke...

          Right. Of all the labels, Malice is the one Tildes can't afford to encourage by any measure. I think a similar, less severe principle holds with joke, but as the social stigma for posting a joke is so much lower, I don't know if being able to self label would drive a change in the number of joke posts. It could probably be tested trivially if there was any interest.

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          1. cfabbro
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            Yeah, I feel similarly wary about allowing self-labeling using Joke. And even mentioned why in my comment on that Gitlab issue:

            Yeah, I feel similarly wary about allowing self-labeling using Joke. And even mentioned why in my comment on that Gitlab issue:

            However joke I am way less sure on than the rest since that might actually encourage people to make more joke comments. And if the penalty is severe enough then you're actually incentivizing not tagging your own comment as joke and punishing those who are honest enough to do so.

            2 votes
  2. FlippantGod
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    This feature request was driven by an off-topic comment I felt had merit enough to post.

    This feature request was driven by an off-topic comment I felt had merit enough to post.

    2 votes