The greatest of all SCOOP sites is Daily Kos. This site is designed to be familiar to regular visitors to Daily Kos. It shares many features in common with dKos, and it may be useful to examine the dKos FAQ web page (especially for HTML related questions). Just remember that a lot of the information there is specific to his site.
I will be developing a community guide for BooTrib soon. In the meantime it will be helpful to refer to Pastor Dan’s dKos Community Guide. If you have a question about what Trolls are, Pastor Dan explains it well.
Some immediate differences between this site and dKos need to be explained.
During registration users are divided into ‘Americans’ and ‘others’ in order to allow a separate ‘Recommended Diary’ category called ‘Recommended World Diaries’.
‘World Diaries’ are those diaries submitted by non-American registered users. They are judged according to a different standard in order to compensate for the general tendency of Americans to show more interest in domestic issues. It also helps compensate for the fact that this site will have more American users than users from any other single country.
If I become convinced that an American has registered as a non-American in order to try to game the system, I will banish that user.
All diaries, irrespective of the residence of the diarist, are eligible for making the ‘Recommended Diary’ list. This will sometimes result in a diary being listed in both the ‘Recommended Diary’ list and the ‘Recommended World Diary’ list. This is anticipated and not considered a problem.
Another feature of this site that is not shared with dKos is the regional open threads. The regional open threads are accessible by clicking on the ‘Midwest’, ‘South’, ‘East’, ‘West’, and ‘World’ buttons at the top of the Home page.
Anyone can participate in these open threads, but they are intended to promote coordination among users from similar regions. They are open threads, so anything can be discussed on them. However, if you want to talk about the Pennsylvania gubernatorial race you should probably not do it on the southern thread. And PLEASE don’t waste time fighting over whether Kentucky is in the Midwest or Colorado is in the West. Let people decide where they live.
What’s the Deal With the Rating System?
There are only two differences between this site and dKos for the comment rating system and they are minor. He calls serious idiots ‘Super Trolls’ and I call them ‘Mega Trolls’. I just like ‘Mega Trolls’ better.
The other difference is that he calls the (2) rating ‘Marginal’ and I call it ‘Warning!’. I discourage people from using the (2) rating as an indication of disagreement. Use it to tell someone that they are nearing the line of offensive, impertinent or trollish behavior. If you disagree with a post, but do not find it offensive or trollish, just don’t rate it at all.
…more on the flip