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Fun read:

People aren’t very nice to each other online. Everyone has read a comment thread and been annoyed at the vicious remarks, or witnessed a flame war under a YouTube video. Many online communities now have moderators, and they aim to ban trolls—those people who just who can’t stay civil.

But can you identify trolls before they ruin a community? Researchers from Stanford and Cornell think they can (pdf), after analyzing 18 months worth of Disqus threads from the news site CNN, the right-wing political site Breitbart, and the gaming site IGN. That amounted to 1.7 million users, almost 40 million comments, and 100 million up- or down-votes on those comments.


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http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/science-can-now-spot-trolls-after-just-five-horrible-malicious-comments/ar-AAbjwwa
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Interesting thing for them to study. Altho I wonder if humans can't recognize a common troll after about one post.
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Interesting thing for them to study. Altho I wonder if humans can't recognize a common troll after about one post.

I'm guessing the point is to automate the process and not have to use human moderators, with their unreasonable need for time and money.

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Using that, they developed an algorithm that can look at those factors and determine with 80% accuracy whether the troll will be banned in the future based on the content of their first five posts. The most powerful predictor is the reaction to (and deletion of) posts by moderators—but even without manual labeling, the algorithm still works with 79% accuracy.

They have spent money and effort to find out that if a person gets moderated even in their very first posts he/she will probably get banned?

It's like creating a robot to tell you the guy who picks up a fight right when he enters the bar will probably be kicked out... :)
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Interesting thing for them to study. Altho I wonder if humans can't recognize a common troll after about one post.

I'm guessing the point is to automate the process and not have to use human moderators, with their unreasonable need for time and money.

Ha, you couldn't pay me enough to do what Peter the Aleut, Mor, and the gracious others do around here.....like herding cats..........or being a priest with a bunch of whiny, spoiled, disgruntled brats for a congregation.....but if they unionize, then the 'bots will be brought in, so the'll have to find a bunch of other misfits to quell, maybe go into gov't service. Imagine Mor ringing your doorbell saying, "Hi, I'm from the gov't and I'm here to help you".
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Using that, they developed an algorithm that can look at those factors and determine with 80% accuracy whether the troll will be banned in the future based on the content of their first five posts. The most powerful predictor is the reaction to (and deletion of) posts by moderators—but even without manual labeling, the algorithm still works with 79% accuracy.

They have spent money and effort to find out that if a person gets moderated even in their very first posts he/she will probably get banned?

It's like creating a robot to tell you the guy who picks up a fight right when he enters the bar will probably be kicked out... :)

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Using that, they developed an algorithm that can look at those factors and determine with 80% accuracy whether the troll will be banned in the future based on the content of their first five posts. The most powerful predictor is the reaction to (and deletion of) posts by moderators—but even without manual labeling, the algorithm still works with 79% accuracy.

They have spent money and effort to find out that if a person gets moderated even in their very first posts he/she will probably get banned?

It's like creating a robot to tell you the guy who picks up a fight right when he enters the bar will probably be kicked out... :)

Next time in Brazil, we'll go out, I'll buy you a drink.

Deal. It shall be in the Ukrainian Baran Bar, and the drink will the be the "Ucranian Fracture", a caipirinha made with vodka, campari and limes.

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Using that, they developed an algorithm that can look at those factors and determine with 80% accuracy whether the troll will be banned in the future based on the content of their first five posts. The most powerful predictor is the reaction to (and deletion of) posts by moderators—but even without manual labeling, the algorithm still works with 79% accuracy.

They have spent money and effort to find out that if a person gets moderated even in their very first posts he/she will probably get banned?

It's like creating a robot to tell you the guy who picks up a fight right when he enters the bar will probably be kicked out... :)

Next time in Brazil, we'll go out, I'll buy you a drink.

Deal. It shall be in the Ukrainian Baran Bar, and the drink will the be the "Ucranian Fracture", a caipirinha made with vodka, campari and limes.



Wouldn't that be a caipiroshka instead?

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Wouldn't that be a caipiroshka instead?

Got me.... ;)
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