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FAQ -- What is a Trusted User?

Talk to Action, like other major blogs uses a system called "Mojo." This system allows site members to indicate what comments are "excellent" "troll" and points in between. All users can rate all comments, except their own, between 1 and 5. Comment ratings are combined into a weighted average, with new comments counting more than older ones. This standing is known as "Mojo".

Users who have achieved a certain mojo, and who have posted enough comments, are considered "trusted" users. This means you have the added capability to rate comments a zero and to see comments that have been hidden, because they fell below the minimum rating.

This is a great responsibility for you. It means you've earned the right to peer-review content from untrusted users. We rely on you to rate as much as you can, and to help keep the comments as high quality, civil and on topic as possible.

Please use your "zero" rating with care! If you think the poster is clueless, or an idiot, or you just don't agree with them, that is *not* grounds for a zero rating. Zero is for comments that are offensive, script-generated, or persistently off topic, or otherwise intended solely to annoy and/or abuse other readers.

Please do not rate duplicate comments 0 for the sole reason that they are duplicates Almost all duplicate comments are accidental. An e-mail to [TTA admin] notifying us of the duplicate (please include direct link to the comment) is the appropriate response, if the duplicate comment is somehow disruptive of the thread.

Please also read the hidden comments, and rate them up if they truly deserve to be viewable. We want to see justice done, and you can make it happen. But also please do not abuse your own trusted user status by rating trollish comment back up because you disagree with the system of disappearing abusive comments. Efforts to undermine the self-policing mojo system is grounds for banning.

Trusted User status and the responsibility that goes with it, does not really change your status on this site. Your ratings and recommendations do not carry any extra weight or power, beyond perhaps thier influence on others. You do get to see for yourself the comments of those whose comments have been troll rated off of the site. You get to see the dreck because of the excellence of your own comments in the view of your fellow comments. It is an honor with an admittedly with an unusual reward. But the power to banish trollish comments is vital to the health and vitality of the site and we are all grateful when you exercise this responsibility in the spirit of helping to keep the conversation civil and on topic.

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Respect for Others? or Political Correctness?
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MTOLincoln (253 comments)
What I'm feeling now is fear.  I swear that it seems my nightmares are coming true with this new "president".  I'm also frustrated because so many people are not connecting all the dots! I've......
ArchaeoBob (107 comments)
"America - love it or LEAVE!"
I've been hearing that and similar sentiments fairly frequently in the last few days - far FAR more often than ever before.  Hearing about "consequences for burning the flag (actions) from Trump is chilling!......
ArchaeoBob (211 comments)
"Faked!" Meme
Keep your eyes and ears open for a possible move to try to discredit the people openly opposing Trump and the bigots, especially people who have experienced terrorism from the "Right"  (Christian Terrorism is......
ArchaeoBob (165 comments)
More aggressive proselytizing
My wife told me today of an experience she had this last week, where she was proselytized by a McDonald's employee while in the store. ......
ArchaeoBob (163 comments)
See if you recognize names on this list
This comes from the local newspaper, which was conservative before and took a hard right turn after it was sold. Hint: Sarah Palin's name is on it!  (It's also connected to Trump.) ......
ArchaeoBob (169 comments)
Unions: A Labor Day Discussion
This is a revision of an article which I posted on my personal board and also on Dailykos. I had an interesting discussion on a discussion board concerning Unions. I tried to piece it......
Xulon (180 comments)
Extremely obnoxious protesters at WitchsFest NYC: connected to NAR?
In July of this year, some extremely loud, obnoxious Christian-identified protesters showed up at WitchsFest, an annual Pagan street fair here in NYC.  Here's an account of the protest by Pagan writer Heather Greene......
Diane Vera (130 comments)
Capitalism and the Attack on the Imago Dei
I joined this site today, having been linked here by Crooksandliars' Blog Roundup. I thought I'd put up something I put up previously on my Wordpress blog and also at the DailyKos. As will......
Xulon (331 comments)
History of attitudes towards poverty and the churches.
Jesus is said to have stated that "The Poor will always be with you" and some Christians have used that to refuse to try to help the poor, because "they will always be with......
ArchaeoBob (148 comments)
Alternate economy medical treatment
Dogemperor wrote several times about the alternate economy structure that dominionists have built.  Well, it's actually made the news.  Pretty good article, although it doesn't get into how bad people could be (have been)......
ArchaeoBob (90 comments)
Evidence violence is more common than believed
Think I've been making things up about experiencing Christian Terrorism or exaggerating, or that it was an isolated incident?  I suggest you read this article (linked below in body), which is about our great......
ArchaeoBob (214 comments)

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