Evaporating Upvotes: FINALLY Some Answers

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For anyone who is concerned about their upvotes on Disqus, I have some official, and some unofficial answers here.

Disqus keeps records of votes by mapping the post, the user, and the vote ( -1 for downvote, 1 for upvote, and 0 if you change your mind and cancel a vote).

Channel System Impact on User Experience

In 2015, in “The Before Time” (when things were working correctly), users were not required to log in to upvote.  They were required to log in to downvote, and not required to log in to flag.  Sites could not set voting settings for themselves ( and still can’t).  Forum settings included allowAnonPost, a true/false field, which indicated whether forums allowed anonymous posting or not (whether a user had to register, or whether the user could just post with a name and unverified email address).

When the channel system was being added, the people who started the Channel system wanted to make sure that only registered people are allowed to post to any forum.  The channel system is just a collection of forums, with some settings on top of them.  However, the channel system also drastically limits the operations that a moderator or owner can do to the channel, as opposed to a forum.  This can be a subject of a different article later on.  For our purposes, though, it’s worth noting that when this change was made, a few changes were forced onto the 3,500,000 forums that existed before the channel system started.  Here is a view of the “forum settings” (for a channel or for a forum – in this case, for a specific channel):

Common Forum Settings

As we can see here, mustVerifyEmail and mustVerify are forced ON, and allowAnonPost is forced OFF.  Also, a new value called allowAnonVotes exists, AND IS FORCED OFF.  Most of these changes were added when the channel system was added, and most are values which are forced on forums.  So when the Channel system was being put into place, that is when it became necessary for users OF ALL FORUMS to register before they could vote.  Before this change, it was possible to upvote a comment without having to log in  or register.  This way, a forum could, if it chose to, have a completely anonymous forum, where people could assign whatever name and email address they wanted to a user and type anonymously.  The forum moderator would be able to see the IP address of the user, and could ban trolls by IP address.  Users could comment, reply to each other, upvote, or downvote, without having to have a Disqus account.  Of course, the Channel system changed this quite dramatically.

Channeling Control

When channels were created, a few hundred “default” channels were added, and then assigned to various people who “knew a guy” at Disqus, and acted as a sort of beta testing group.  These were not people with a lot of forum moderation experience, but had some experience with social media (meaning:  they had their own Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and probably Tumblr account).  This is evident by the front-and-center approach used in the moderation of these channels.  In their world, the moderator is the “star of the show”, and needs to consistently be on the top of the list of the top commenters in their channel.  In a professional forum, a moderator is a behind-the-scenes person who rarely goes into the threads to speak, usually because they are too busy with other functions of the site. The channel system removes most of this work (and thus, control) from the moderator, so the moderator can focus on running their channels more effectively, in theory.

The Rage Of The Awe-Star

In practice, the moderators of these channels got involved in as many discussions as possible.  So rather than taking pride that a few of their users were really enjoying their channel, and how they ran their channel, and seeing that some users were getting top billing in the “top contributor” list, they instead saw their own channels as a competition, in which they were the competitors against their own users.  That somehow, if they weren’t in the top contributor list, that they were somehow bad moderators.  This, coupled with the purely acidic personality of some of these moderators (and thus, the fact that they had a lot of negative votes), meant that they were constantly struggling for the top contributor spots on their own channel.

Not willing to allow people to be happy and enjoy the Disqus Channel system, they set out to make sure that their numbers were high, as this validated their position as a moderator and, to some extent, themselves.  They knew that they were not popular with people, that they banned people for no reason, or essentially no reason, so they set out to do what they could to make sure that only they and their in-group had the highest reputation scores.    So additional changes had to be made to Disqus (remember, these changes affect ALL 3,500,000 forums as well as the 100,000 or so channels).  For example – if a user is banned from a channel, their votes do not count.  This has the added “bonus” for these moderators of ensuring that they do not get any “lower reputation” by being downvoted by people who they banned.

However, these moderators still have a hard time maintaining a high enough reputation, so they want to be sure that people who delete their account, and people who have been banned, have their votes removed from the channels in which they have been banned.  It would be like the user was never there.  So now we see the true motivation behind the changes to the upvote tallies.

Bots?

There is a constant claim that this was done in order to combat bots that mass-upvote or mass-downvote.   However, the way that most of these bots work, they register a bunch (in the hundreds) of user accounts, vote, then delete the accounts, then re-register the accounts, vote, etc., until the users and votes are high enough.  When a user is banned from a site, his or her 30 days worth of posts is deleted.  If Disqus really wanted to combat the bots, they would make it so that the last 30 days of votes of a user are removed when the account was deleted, if the account is less than 30 days old.  Also, if this were the case, then everything would have been “fixed” one single time, and people would have noticed a “hiccup” where their votes were lowered.  Instead, what is being observed is the votes being, on a daily basis, “tinkered with”.  This indicates that Disqus are “changing the rules”, and removing new votes which match the new rules.  It’s like they are trying to reach some sort of “desired result” while monkeying with the data.    Disqus has also changed the velocity at which people can upvote — ostensibly to discourage bots.  However, if you go to a forum and upvote a bunch of friends, you may find that only one vote per every 5 seconds counts.  For some people, one vote every 8 or 10 seconds.   Is it difficult to put a 8-10 second delay in a computer program to do votes?  Absolutely not.  Is it difficult to continue reading a forum while you have to wait and count to 10 every time a human wants to upvote ?   Absolutely.  So what Disqus have done is made it much easier for bots to be able to upvote an assigned target, and much more difficult for humans to upvote their friends.

The “Upvote Gang”

Dr. Evil Upvotes

Sometimes, people have friends online, who like to talk with each other.  They upvote for a number of reasons, but mainly to show friendship, camaraderie, solidarity, or just so they can remember where they were and what messages they’ve already seen (particularly in media-heavy channels and forums).  Why do they upvote? It doesn’t matter.  This is how they enjoy the system, and how they communicate with each other.  They are having fun, and having a good time on Disqus.  This is the ideal user experience for a system like Disqus.  However, because some channel moderators don’t have a lot of friends, or these moderators believe they are in competition with each other and their users for “top spot”, they don’t generally upvote each other.  Plus, with the acidic personalities that some of these moderators have, they tend to get a lot of downvotes.  Until they can find out who the person is that downvoted them, and ban them.  Ironically, the huge drive that some channel moderators have to ban as many people as they possibly can from their channels, especially promoted channels — works very much against them.  Because when a user goes to a promoted channel (like News Views, Breaking News, etc — the top few channels when you have to sign up), they are generally going there with a new account (because they don’t know any better).  They may be under the impression that these channels are Disqus-sponsored, so when they get banned, they may delete their account.  This looks very much like bot activity described above, and it may be that these accounts get added to the “upvote culling” that is visible on people’s channels.  As a result, if my calculations are correct (and, more accurately, HAL’s calculations), then News/Views, which got something like 5,000 comments a day for the last two days, would show something like 300 total upvotes for those two days.  HAL has the accurate figures on exactly how many upvotes truly happened during that time.  Of the past two days on News Views, they averaged 5,200 posts per day, and 5,027 upvotes per day, 4873 of which could be verified. However, if my guess is correct as to how Disqus removes votes, and removes people from voting, if we were to look at the “engagement” stats for News/Views, we would probably see something on the order of 292 total upvotes during those same days.  A lot of this is speculation on exactly how Disqus decided which people’s votes to count, and which ones not to count, but I’m pretty confident in HAL’s numbers.

Summary

People’s upvotes are disappearing for a number of reasons, and all changes have the end result of making sure that certain moderators in channels that have been around since the channel system started less than a year ago will have an easier time retaining a higher reputation.  However, this comes at a cost to the people who haven’t used the channel system, or who have had accounts that have been around for years, especially on forums which allowed “guest” users to upvote (unauthenticated voting), which was the case for all Forums until about a year ago.  In fact, the information that I have from inside sources is that ONLY currently-registered users will have their votes count.  What I don’t know is how far back this will go — because if Disqus decides to make this apply forums that had allowAnonVote set to TRUE (or not set, which defaulted to true), then Disqus will be removing legitimate upvotes from real people.  Just to appease a few channel moderators who have a hard time staying popular.  Who will be affected by it?  The people who have been on Disqus for years, through various forums, and channels, etc.  The most loyal, most-upvoted, most-respected people on Disqus will be the ones most affected by Disqus’ constant desire to appease bad channel moderators.  Disqus have chosen to reduce the quality of their service many times to appease these bad channel moderators — this is just the first time most people have noticed.

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  • Since I was banned from Discuss Disqus, and I still want to help people solve their problems with Disqus, I figured I’d go ahead and write an article here: http://uncensorednews.smnc-base.org/index.php/2016/04/29/evaporating-upvotes-finally-some-answers/

    Please let me know if you have questions 🙂

    • this was really good Dr. T…..I wish i could give you more than one upvote, but that would be wrong….LOL… However, i must inform you that all of those most awesome memes above have been stolen for use elsewhere…i hope that’s ok………

      • Please, feel free 🙂 I figured we’d all get a kick out of them 🙂

        • they are spot on….i will surely get a lot of upvotes when i post them…LMAO;-)

        • Dogs Of War

          !addop drthomasaquinas userinfo operators whitelist blacklist threads thread wordfilter suspend
          Odd…

          • Dogs Of War

            Dogs Of War (4/29/2016 11:13 PM)!addop drthomasaquinas userinfo operators whitelist blacklist threads thread wordfilter suspend
            Odd…

            The operator @drthomasaquinas:disqus ‘s access has been (re)assigned successfully.

          • Que???

          • Paul

            He gave you limited privileges with boterator. You will have to study the syntax for the commands to use them. “I think they can be found at spooky action at a distance” Or by typing !help [command] or just !help for the full list.

          • In English. Please

          • Paul

            This site is moderated by the Boterator. it distributes mod functions to poster “operators” rather than conventional mods. What DOW did was to give you some limited control over it to collect information. Dr. Tom can point you to information an how to use it. I am not an operator, I have just been following the development. It is spooky capable.

          • Jubal Early ☠

            Hey Dorthy, you’re not in Kansas anymore. You have entered into the land of ComputerOZ and you don’t have a yellow brick road.

          • Paul

            The post you responded to wasn’t really DOW, it was the Boterator responding to his command. Reply to Dogs of War and he’ll see it.

          • Jed

            Type “!help”

          • !addop disqus_mKMthlGSrB userinfo
            This will give you USERINFO and HELP access (and some others) ☺

          • Dogs Of War

            Dr. Thomas [ᔕᗰᑎᑕ] (4/30/2016 12:40 AM)!addop disqus_mKMthlGSrB userinfo
            This will give you USERINFO and HELP access (and some others) ☺

            The operator @disqus_mKMthlGSrB:disqus ‘s access has been (re)assigned successfully.

          • Jed

            Thanks, Dr. Thomas!

          • Paul

            Ha! See Jed, no good deed goes unpunished.

          • Jed

            !userinfo disqus_mKMthlGSrB

            Let’s give it a try.

          • Dogs Of War

            Jed (4/30/2016 12:53 AM)!userinfo disqus_mKMthlGSrB

            Let’s give it a try.

            User @disqus_mKMthlGSrB:disqus :
            Rep: 30.938224
            Posts: 20288
            Approved: 19926 ( 98.22 %)
            Flagged: 754 ( 3.72 %)
            Spam: 6 ( 0.03 %)

            Forums With Posts: 337
            Followers: 92
            Likes – Dislikes: 244552

          • Jed

            Very cool, DOW! Thanks!

          • Red47

            You look like have a lot of flags. I guess if you spread them out over the years, it’s not so many.

          • Jed

            I pick them up by telling the truth in hostile environments.

            “A man about to speak the truth should keep one foot in the stirrup.”
            ~ Mongolian Proverb

          • Red47

            word.

          • Steveglen

            That’s one for the ages!

          • Jed

            It is that — long been one of my favorites.

          • Jubal Early ☠

            I think it’s the percentage that matters. I have been flagged at 11.11%. Jed is nicer than I am.

          • Jed

            Naw, he’s just not as smart. They don’t take me as seriously, because I don’t make as good arguments.

          • Red47

            Someday I should look mine up. I have been flashed a lot more in the last year. The people who disagree with me want me to be more tolerant…like them.

          • Jed

            If you’d like, I can run it, but it will then be public knowledge.

          • Paul

            What the heck, now I’m curious.
            Could you run mine Brother?

          • Jed

            !userinfo disqus_ZwKZ1G1j5Z

            by request

          • Dogs Of War

            Jed (4/30/2016 4:42 AM)!userinfo disqus_ZwKZ1G1j5Z

            by request

            User @disqus_ZwKZ1G1j5Z:disqus :
            Rep: 13.449271
            Posts: 9328
            Approved: 9154 ( 98.13 %)
            Flagged: 324 ( 3.47 %)
            Spam: 1 ( 0.01 %)

            Forums With Posts: 250
            Followers: 58
            Likes – Dislikes: 96028

          • Jed

            The results prove the inadequacy of the system. I, and many others, well know your reputation to be 100 on a scale of zero to 100.

          • Paul

            It was more or less what I expected.
            Not knowing how it is calculated, I don’t know what to think about it.

            But thank you for the kind words.

          • Jed

            While you and I have never met in person, I know enough about you through your writings to say, unequivocally and without hesitation, that you are one of the most honorable and intelligent individuals I have ever had the privilege to encounter. As fortunate as I have been in my life, that puts you in extraordinarily good company. You know enough about me to know that I say this with the deepest respect and in all sincerity.

          • Paul

            Thank you Jed.
            But you saved me in a very real way.
            I will always appreciate that.
            Just about did an H. Beam Piper.

          • Red47

            Go ahead.

          • Jed

            !userinfo Red47

            by request

          • Dogs Of War

            Jed (4/30/2016 5:30 PM)!userinfo Red47

            by request

            User @Red47:disqus :
            Rep: 11.635434
            Posts: 15022
            Approved: 14392 ( 95.81 %)
            Flagged: 186 ( 1.24 %)
            Spam: 24 ( 0.16 %)

            Forums With Posts: 349
            Followers: 141
            Likes – Dislikes: 55561

          • Red47

            Thank you. I can see where my two or three year gap “set me back” in some of the metrics. The flags and unaccepted comments have happened in this election cycle. The Leftists have changed their tactics.

          • Jed

            You’re welcome. I expect the “flag attacks” by leftists to increase at least until the election. Their aversion to free and open communication is sad.

          • Red47

            T His year anything that sounds like a hint of criticism of a cult follower’s favorite cult leader gets a flag. They don’t care what you say, just what they think you say, It is a sensitive crowd. I may invest in bubblewrap to give out.

          • Yeah, Obama’s a Communist

            OK, my friend. Please let me have the bad news.

          • Jed

            !userinfo HeFooledYou

            by request

          • Dogs Of War

            Jed (5/10/2016 4:28 PM)!userinfo HeFooledYou

            by request

            User @HeFooledYou:disqus :
            Rep: 14.014429
            Posts: 10931
            Approved: 10863 ( 99.38 %)
            Flagged: 2718 ( 24.87 %)
            Spam: 0 ( 0.00 %)

            Forums With Posts: 124
            Followers: 77
            Likes – Dislikes: 157235

          • Wow, how do you get a 14.01 Rep, yet have almost a quarter of your comments flagged?

          • Jed

            You’re got a high number of flags — a badge of honor, in my opinion!

          • Yeah, Obama’s a Communist

            Going back over my posts, I find all posts on certain sites are garnering 2 downs on average. This is true for even innocuous posts and in conversation with others, only my post gets these downs, not so for those with whom I converse. My suspicion is that I am being targeted, which is why I took my account “private” this morning.

            I do get a lot of flags just for my nickname, which of course is why I chose it in the first place, so that is no surprise.

            The Likes-Dislikes total would be helpful, if it can be made available,
            and thank you for your assistance.

          • Jed

            You can see the Likes-Dislikes on your profile page.

            I always get a couple of down votes on some sites that are infested with leftists — even on the most innocent of comments. I don’t have a problem with down voting or being down voted for really snarky or nasty comments, especially ones that contain profanity, but it’s just silly to down vote a comment because of a disagreement over the point being made.

            I expect you’re correct about your alias drawing flags. Hard core leftists are such spoiled children.

          • Yeah, Obama’s a Communist

            Thanks again for all your help.

          • Jed

            My pleasure — thank you for fighting the good fight!

          • !help 8BALL

          • Dogs Of War

            😈 infadelicious 🎶 (4/30/2016 1:46 AM)!help 8BALL

            Usage:!8BALL [Question] [Reason]Details:This returns messages from an 8-ball.Question – The question you want to ask. Optional.

          • Jed

            !8ball Is Jed old?

            Why not give it a try?

          • Dogs Of War

            Jed (4/30/2016 1:49 AM)!8ball Is Jed old?

            Why not give it a try?

            Yes, definitely

          • Jed

            You are wise beyond your years, DOW.

          • !8ball will trump be the next president?

          • Dogs Of War

            😈 infadelicious 🎶 (4/30/2016 1:51 AM)!8ball will trump be the next president?

            My reply is no

          • Jed

            Never mind. [edited]

          • Ok thanks

          • Jed

            Sorry to have misled you before the edit. I though the question needed to be placed in brackets — obviously I was wrong. That’s one of my best things.

          • Jubal Early ☠

            This Disqus toy looks like fun.

          • Jed

            It does at that! Even better than the old mechanical 8-ball.

          • Jed

            Is there any point to giving an upvote to Dogs of War? Other than just making me feel better, that is.

          • Paul

            There is a real Dogs of War I think. I think he owns boterator on his site so it always responds with DOW’s avatar and screen-name. Just guessing here.

          • Jed

            Yeah, I think you’re right. Still makes me feel better though.

          • jwcody

            How do I get mine done..

          • Jed

            Want me to run it?

          • jwcody

            yes

          • Jed

            !userinfo jwcody

            User info on jwcody, by request.

          • Dogs Of War

            Jed (4/30/2016 1:08 AM)!userinfo jwcody

            User info on jwcody, by request.

            User @jwcody:disqus :
            Rep: 48.684136
            Posts: 16773
            Approved: 16616 ( 99.06 %)
            Flagged: 1017 ( 6.06 %)
            Spam: 2 ( 0.01 %)

            Forums With Posts: 27
            Followers: 137
            Likes – Dislikes: 443133

          • ghostofThomasPaine2

            How do I do mine?

          • !userinfo ghostofThomasPaine2

            User info on ghostofThomasPaine2, by request

          • Dogs Of War

            Marty P (5/4/2016 11:53 AM)!userinfo ghostofThomasPaine2

            User info on ghostofThomasPaine2, by request

            User @ghostofThomasPaine2:disqus :
            Rep: 6.006768
            Posts: 1411
            Approved: 1353 ( 95.89 %)
            Flagged: 166 ( 11.76 %)
            Spam: 0 ( 0.00 %)

            Forums With Posts: 69
            Followers: 23
            Likes – Dislikes: 46851

          • Thanks DOW!

          • Jed

            Cool — good rep!

          • jwcody

            Thank you… I wish I knew how that was figured ?

          • Jed

            I don’t know. My guess is the algorithm uses some formula including number of posts, number of upvotes, number of flagged posts, etc. but that’s just a wild guess.

          • Paul

            I wonder if it is cumulative or biased towards recency.

          • Jed

            Excellent question. It would seem to make the most sense to skew toward more recent activity rather than be linear over time, but who knows?

          • Paul

            It would get pretty stodgy for long-time posters if it did not.

          • Jed

            Very true.

          • jwcody

            It must lean heavy to the volume side for posts…

          • Paul

            I think it takes into account followers as well.

          • I chop followers every day…

          • Paul

            And still have 3 times as many as mere mortals.

          • They are not all friendly ones LOL

          • Jed

            We are known by our enemies as well as our friends.

          • Proud Conservative Mom

            Hi Jed! Hope you and your family are doing well in every way.

            As usual, you slammed the proverbial ball out of the park and over the wall.

          • Jed

            Doing alright, Mom — thanks. I pray you are as well!

          • 😈 Bucksergeant ✓ ᵛᶦᶫᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            So do I, especially if their dashboard is blocked or they have zero comments and have merely an account.

          • They are auto axed

          • 😈 Bucksergeant ✓ ᵛᶦᶫᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            On your site?

          • No! From my followers list. 🙂

          • 😈 Bucksergeant ✓ ᵛᶦᶫᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Got it

          • Proud Conservative Mom

            Hi! Hope you and your loved ones are doing great in every way possible.

            You hit the target deadcenter as always.

          • 😈 Bucksergeant ✓ ᵛᶦᶫᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Luv you mom

          • 😈Shep Schultz✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Mom, Disqus is going back and eliminating all votes from “guest” as well as from disqans who have deleted their accounts. Allegedly they are also removing votes from upvote bots.

            At a minimum they have taken 52,000 votes from me.

          • 😈 Bucksergeant ✓ ᵛᶦᶫᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Bitch to them…
            Help@disqus.com
            They are always complaining that they are merely a “Help” site… That obviously needs help. Could they actually be a “helpless” site? (sorry devil made me post that last)

          • WorldGoneCrazy

            They have up-vote envy. 🙂

          • Proud Conservative Mom

            So sorry to hear that. That is so darn frustrating. I am sure it was done in a very calculated way.

          • john

            Sorry to be late to the dance. I hope all is well with you and yours. We have all the kids spouses and grandkids here now. Life is good.

          • Proud Conservative Mom

            ENJOY!!! I am thrilled for you. What joy that must bring you. May you ALL have long, healthy and happy years to enjoy each other.
            Please tell me you have no Libs in your family. I thankfully do not.

            I come to the dance late often enough myself. It is a result of what has been going on lately.

            Today my attorney (and this was reviewed by a Senator, a very top and big CEO of another company, and another big law firm) is Fed Exing his demand letter for my medications. Ten months and still counting.

            But would you believe that there are still some moronic and brainwashed Libs singing the praises of Obamacare? Truthfully, in the real world, I am wondering what they actually could possibly be.

          • stevemusicmaker

            I was experimenting with Reputation scores 4 weeks ago and I ran your name, JW, and you increased from 45.017426 to 48.684136, basically you went up 3 points in 4 weeks.

            That seems quite good, to me!

            My reputation score is only 1/4 of yours, JW, but you have over 2 times as many comments and 4 times as many up-votes!

          • jwcody

            My comment ratio was at 53 a year ago It stayed above 53 for two years. Then I started posting more and just generally BS with some others…

          • Jed

            That’s interesting, since you probably also have a high post rate.

          • jwcody

            funny it went up with all the deleted upvotes…

          • You really need to work on your flags….I have 3 times as many as you…try to keep up-LOL.

          • jwcody

            I used to only post at breitbart and I never engaged with anyone other than regulars.. If I argued with anyone it was probably KJ or Patriot 2013.. I did have a comment with 5000 upvotes and 3 downvotes deleted once..

          • Wow…I told you I rarely go to that cesspool now but when I do—down votes a plenty

          • stevemusicmaker

            If a comment is deleted the counts still remain. You keep the 5,000 up-votes and your comment is counted in your comment-totals.

            I’ve experimented, made a comment that attained up-votes, then deleted it. My counts remained the same.

            When a comment of mine with high up-votes (in the hundreds) was ‘removed’ by a moderator, all the up-votes remained and comment-totals did not change.

            So take comfort in that…:)

          • jwcody

            I kinda thought that, it was more a fact of 5000 upvotes and 3 down was deleted….. Censorship gets crazy at times…

          • Pumpkin Pie

            Thank you, nice to know 🙂

          • Paul

            That is assuming a user deleted comment is treated the same as a removed comment or a comment from a banned user. Need a little more experimentation. You could go to a friendly site and post something like “Upvote test, upvote the hell out of this” and we would all upvote. You could then ask the MOD to ban you and see if it Changes. I just hope the mod doesn’t forget to un-ban you 🙂

          • 😈Shep Schultz✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            OMIGOSH!
            *********************
            What was that comment?

          • jwcody

            Probably something about the Trayvon Martin Trial.. Back then Breitbart had decent articles with substance and stuff. Now they just have a paragraph and keep rereleasing four five times in a row with different headlines…… I have had lots of top comments deleted after like four or five days…

          • jwcody

            Funny thing was I remember someone even commented on it for having so many upvotes and only 3 down votes hours before it was deleted…

          • Jubal Early ☠

            I have you beat in flags.

          • We need flags not excuses! Now get out there and p+ss some people off. 🙂

          • Jubal Early ☠

            Nobody is going to surpass Wootpool the Flagged.

          • update!!! i am afraid Wootpool has been knocked down to second place in the Flag wars.. TRoweLamontBentlyPrice has little more than 9,000 votes but has amassed 12,600 flags…. he has more flags than comments.. LMAO. Congratulations TRowe………… https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5eecc63f5978210451a9322dd6f5c1b9eaa5248a4f68890a6334d2a9c80a371c.gif

          • TRLBP has a LOOOONG standing as a troll. He started out on the forums. Posted on Clash Daily for a while…

          • A mod we all know over a WZ has 33.5 k flags!!!!
            So far I have lost about 20,000 upvote points, it makes me feel sick to lose all the points I amassed since 2012…it took a lot of time and effort on my part and people who were kind enough to up vote me.

          • Yes I have lost at least that many as well. And I have 1 obsessed person who follows me and down votes me wherever I go… She’s a sick troll and she follows Shep and a few others and does the same thing..you think there would be a 5150 on her by now – From her previous posts it doesn’t sound like it would be the first one

          • jwcody

            I Try too spread upvotes to all when I see them taking them away…

          • It’s like they are bleeding me dry…..I comment and upvote people all day and at the end of the day I’m down further then when I started. I could just cry! :+(

          • jwcody

            It’s almost like they are charging you for the upvotes you give..

          • Yes, soon we’ll have to buy updates to give them out!

          • kertitor

            Maybe the Goldman Sux plays the role of Moderator

          • BBQman

            I remember reading somewhere that you may only give people so many up votes a day, 150 sticks in my mind for some reason, then after that, you end up with 1 for 1 deductions from your own stack for every up vote given.

            Or it could have been that 4th shot of tequila while I was reading it that night about 3 years ago, but it was like a new account memo of something like that right after I signed up on disqus

            Of course my Bitcoin mining theory is still out there as well.
            “Giggling and scampering away…”

          • Lol!!!!

          • Even though I wait between upvotes they are still not sticking. Me thinks there is skulduggery afoot

          • stevemusicmaker

            I just think that while Disqus is rolling out this ‘correction’ (removing supposed illegitimate up-votes) NOTHING actually works quite properly.

            I’ve seen Disqus do strange things when they are rolling out new features, this is more of the same.

            Sorry you are still losing up-votes, Infa (& friends). My up-vote losses were first over one day (as far as I could tell), but I lost 32 votes today when I started commenting again, so I am not gonna comment much for a while and see if my totals hold. They had been holding until I commented an hour ago.

            I started keeping my own daily/weekly totals of up-votes (several years ago) because I didn’t trust Disqus and I wanted to keep tabs for occasions just like this. Glad I did.

          • Get_Smart 🏁

            Me too!

          • 😈 Bucksergeant ✓ ᵛᶦᶫᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Flagalicious?

          • apparently……….LMAO

          • Lian Renaud

            Well now heres a surprise…. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e9e24e04a0f41ef6b9ced1fd2425e45b17c68860df7a840b92749d5fabbb8a92.jpg

            Some people are doing well on UVs

            (Watchmans channel)

          • Report him!!!!

          • Paul

            LOL.

          • Paul

            Maybe a bunch of downvotes from deceased posters or a downvote bot vanished as well.

          • In politics deceased people’s votes count

          • Raptor Keeper

            My grandfather was a staunch Republican right up to the day he died.

            Ever since he’s voted democrat.

          • Bwaaaaaa haaaaaa haaaaaaa! THAT is funny……and sadly, probably true

          • Jubal Early ☠

            Now that’s funny…. and true.

          • john

            How do I find out what my rep is, please?

          • Jed

            Do you just want your rep number, or flags and the rest as well?

            EDIT: John, I can just give you your rep number and edit it out, but if we run the whole thing it’s on the site unless Dr. Thomas removes it.

          • john

            Thank you kindly, Jed. HYou are nice guy and patient and understanding with the computer illiterates like me. Sure, Go for the whole thing, I do not feel like I have anything to hide. I would also be interested in how to access such information myself.

          • Jed

            !userinfo johnO6

            by request

          • Dogs Of War

            Jed (5/5/2016 4:14 AM)!userinfo johnO6

            by request

            User @johnO6:disqus :
            Rep: 8.158751
            Posts: 16921
            Approved: 16544 ( 97.77 %)
            Flagged: 495 ( 2.93 %)
            Spam: 53 ( 0.31 %)

            Forums With Posts: 208
            Followers: 30
            Likes – Dislikes: 33567

          • Jed

            John, please see the reply from Dogs Of War. I don’t know how to get all this myself. It is only through the kind trust given me by Dr. Thomas that I can make the request via Dogs Of War. Your rep of 8.16 is very good. I don’t know what all goes into the determination of that score.

          • john

            Jed, thank you kindly for the information and the interpretation of it. A good rep, eh? That feels good to hear.

          • Proud Conservative Mom

            Nice and normal people like yourself, have nothing to hide.

          • 😈Shep Schultz✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            He is very nice.

          • That doesn’t sound right. Ha ha ha

          • Jed

            Oh, behave!

          • I know who owns that fluff-ball, but I can’t tell. I’m sworn to secrecy!

          • Because it makes certain Goderators upset?

          • Paul

            Works for me 🙂

          • Jed

            Great point!

          • Yeah and their designated village idiot is going all over the place telling every one that I’m a liar etc etc etc. Be cause I proved that **he(?)** is one on several points. He is jealous because I have a private pilots License SEL — and he(?) is probably a B A Barcus (Mr. T, from the TV version of the A-team.) Always had to be sedated before they could get him on an airplane.

          • Jed

            That was a great standing gag on that show.

          • Here’s what we are dealing with: Created Feb 25 / following 12 people

            User Always_Go_Full_Crumpet (G√+1) :
            Rep: 1.518015
            Posts: 1694
            Approved: 1476 ( 87.13 %)
            Flagged: 152 ( 8.97 %)
            Spam: 1 ( 0.06 %)

            Forums With Posts: 23
            Followers: 0
            Likes – Dislikes: 787

          • 😈Shep Schultz✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            HA!

          • I just went back onto that other thread on Disqus Resistance — and all of a sudden every comment of mine to hir has a single down vote next to it.
            Hmm..
            S/he wouldn’t sink that low, would she?

          • Jed

            I worry even less about down votes than I do upvotes. Try posting some pro-gun rights comments on a leftist infested site — before they flag you off, you’ll pick up plenty of down votes.

          • 😈Shep Schultz✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            I know one you’ve been arguing with recently that would.

          • Yes, it counteracts the negative reaction that happens when a channel moderator deletes the responses from the Dogs of War.

            So if Dogs responds a lot, and those responses are cleared out to clean up the thread, Dogs can lose reputation.

          • Jed

            Sorry, but I don’t fully understand — you mean we should upvote Dog?

          • Email sent.

          • Where?

          • Paul

            As a reply to any post

          • !help

          • Dogs Of War

            😈 infadelicious 🎶 (4/30/2016 1:29 AM)!help

            The following commands are available. Use !HELP followed by a command name for more information about the command. All commands start with an exclamation point. There can be only one command per message. Anything after the first line is ignored.
            8BALL: Magic Eight-Ball Functionality
            HELP: Shows this help. With an argument, shows help for the specified command.
            LASTSEEN: Returns the date, time, and location when a user was last seen in this channel.
            USERINFO: Returns information about a user which is available to moderators, but might not easily be seen by a user.
            VER: Returns the version information for the channel bot.

          • Paul

            Disqus is being weird

          • Paul

            OK, breathe.

            Now type !help followed by a command from that list that you are interested in.

          • !help USERINFO

          • Dogs Of War

            😈 infadelicious 🎶 (4/30/2016 1:39 AM)!help USERINFO

            Usage:!USERINFO UserName Details:Returns some information about the user that isn’t easy to see in the profile. Includes the user’s rep score (reputation), as well as the users # of posts, spam posts, flagged posts, and approved posts. Also returns the # of forums with posts by the user, and the number of followers and likes.Notes * The user does not need to have visited this forum or channel for this to take effect.Supported Username FormatsUserName: The regular username (the text after the @ sign in the user profile)- @UserName: An @ sign follower by the username- “Mention” Format: Typing in a normal username where it gets highlighted later, like so: @disqus_cryHav0c613:disqus – User Profile Link: Pasting in the user profile link (after right-clicking on the user profile and clicking “Copy Link” or the like)

          • Paul

            This is a tiny potion of the functions available. It is only showing the ones you have authorized.

          • I have authorized ? Can’t I have them all ? LOL

          • Paul

            Well you can see them when Dr. Tom gives you the package.
            Do you have an E-mail address you want me to forward to him? Obviously not here, backchannel.

          • Ok

          • Paul

            CYM

          • Jed

            One step at a time…

          • I got nuttiness here

          • Jed

            Where what? I’m not keeping up with all the comments very well.

          • jwcody

            I was thinking the same thing.. lol

          • LOL…

          • jwcody

            I was reading intently trying to figure out what the hell was going on and then I got to you and literally blurted out in laughter… All this tech talk is like liberalease to me, I just don’t get it…

          • Well I am glad I am not alone

          • Jed

            My very small experience with computer programing was a very long time ago, so I’m pretty much with you and Infa. Punch cards using Fortran IV just ain’t the same feel.

          • Paul

            Did you have to use a stylus to punch them or was that just for the clay tablet?

          • cwgf

            Bwahahaha! That was even before my time!

          • Jed

            Only for the clay tablet, but life was simpler back then; we only had to deal with four elements.

          • Stone tablet and a lightning bolt ?

          • Paul

            Papyrus and beetle squeezings?

          • LOL

          • Jed

            I let my young friend Moses do all the playing with lightning and burning bushes and such. He owed me for the decorations I painted on his basket.

          • I am sure your younger brother Methuselah was helpful as well.

          • Jed

            He was. Pity he had to go at such a young age.

          • Hahahaha… If we all lived that long imagine the divorce rate then..LOL

          • Ahhh! A trip down memory lane!

          • Jed

            Well met!

          • Red47

            Goto. Run.

          • Jed

            Combing through those printouts trying to find errors in syntax was just so much fun!

          • Red47

            Dizzying fun.

          • Jed

            I was sitting on my front porch one time, many years ago, when a friend came by to see if I wanted to go down the street and have a beer. I told him couldn’t until I figured out why the program I was working on didn’t run. Now, this guy had no programming experience at all, and not much in the way of math or science, but he asked to take a look. I chuckled a bit, but handed the printout to him. He looked through it, and in just a few minutes handed it back and said, “This line doesn’t look right somehow.” He had spotted the error I couldn’t find. I chalked it up to either “Beginner’s Mind” or the power of beer.

          • Red47

            That is a great story. The pattern of the words was likely apparent to him.

          • Jed

            Likely so. He was really into graphic arts and photography.

          • Boterator is a channel moderation tool which allows a lot of the features available to forum moderators to be available to channel operators as well.

            It also adds new features that don’t exist on Disqus without the Boterator. Things like scheduling threads to be created in advance, working with the word filter in the channel, suspending users for a specified amount of time (where the user is automatically unbanned after a specified amount of time), etc.

            It also allows you to delegate some of those rights to Community Members without granting them full moderator rights.

            So in theory, with Boterator, you can create tomorrow’s music thread now and set the current thread to automatically close after a day, and it won’t appear until the time and date you want it to. ☺

          • Now that would be handy…I usually don’t put my thread up until early in the morning. Everyone else puts theirs up the night before..I am too tired at night since I am usually up at 4 am and/or only have access to phone and iPad at night which makes creating a thread at that time tedious work ( iPad and iPhone don’t like me going back and forth between multiple pages looking for gifs and videos-my work disappears sometimes. Grrrr

            –does it work site wide ? Why doesn’t disqus give us these options on channels?

          • jwcody

            Sounds like witch doctory too me….

          • The Boterator works on whatever channel adds it as a moderator, if i also give the channel permission to use the Boterator. Email me for info on it – if you dont have my email, ask PJ4 for it (or i can send it) 😋

            Disqus doesn’t do this for most channels because, well, we can code Disqus channels better than Disqus. 😋

          • Have you found any reason why I can’t add it (or anyone else for that matter) as a Mod on my channel?

          • Could you email me some screencaps of attempts? It’s worth having a second pair of eyes on it sometimes.

          • ok.

          • This is why I removed all my mods just in case it was from one of them…..some have been acting strange the last week but i cant make much sense of all this..

          • megajess

            Does all this explain why my account disappeared last year? I didn’t care, I just started over but I was scratching my head for a couple of days.

        • Dogs Of War

          !addop infadelicious userinfo
          Now Infa will be able to use the !USERINFO, !HELP, and !8BALL commands.

          • Dogs Of War

            Dogs Of War (4/29/2016 11:14 PM)!addop infadelicious userinfo
            Now Infa will be able to use the !USERINFO, !HELP, and !8BALL commands.

            The operator @infadelicious:disqus ‘s access has been (re)assigned successfully.

        • Paul

          Hey Doc,
          Could you give Infa a quick briefing on the Boterator, Dogs of War gave her some limited op permissions and I don’t think she has been following the development. She’s been out of town you might say.

      • megajess

        Really interesting article! Explains a lot of silly things that happen on Disqus. I don’t really worry about it though, I cool off with MM!

    • cwgf

      Yuge, Awesome, Tremendous! YAT!
      Great work, Dr. Thomas. You are amazing.

    • 😈Shep Schultz✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Thanks Doc!
      ***************
      …and welcome to the club.

    • Pumpkin Pie

      Thank you Dr. Thomas. Very informative.

    • Raptor Keeper

      Am I to understand there are no more “guest” votes allowed ?

      If the answer is yes, I will provide a link to a post where the top voted poster has 60 “guest” up votes.

      This post was published this week.

      Thanks.

      • Yep….I have seen lots of guest votes for a single poster, one had 166 guest votes just today

      • Paul

        Excuse me if this is something you already knew. What he meant was that people who don’t have an account, who just scroll down to the comments section cannot vote. They used to be able to but the name that registered was “Guest”. But that no longer functions.

        When an ID is abandoned, the upvotes and posts change from the account name to guest. What you are seeing is an upvote bot retiring identities so it can make new ones to upvote again with a new account.

        • Raptor Keeper

          Well now that actually makes sense.

          Thank you. 😆

          Perhaps it’s related to this…

          https://www.disqustools.com/

          • Paul

            It certainly is. But this has been going on since long before that commercialization. Just be glad that Doctor Thomas never got that hard up for cash. Just joking, he is principled even if a little out of plumb.

      • stevemusicmaker

        Technically there are no more ‘guest votes’, but I have found that when 100’s have up-voted a single comment that Disqus shows the names/icons of 25-40 (or so) and then calls the remainder ‘guest votes’, so that causes confusion, too, but remember this is Disqus….

        • Raptor Keeper

          Yes, the count was 120 and the sign said “60 guest votes”

    • I just checked the analytics for my site. Somehow on the 29th I managed to LOSE 10 votes (-10 votes listed) and on the 13 I lost 3 (-3 votes) on both days there are no comments listed.

      Somehow I doubt anyone who posted on my channel and up voted a comment has since deleted their account. This suggests some kind of **targeted** vote removal — but then AGFCrumpet claims I’m paranoid.

      • According to HAL’s stats, a lot of channels are having this issue, including an SJW channel. Disqus really stepped in it here.

        • I sent you a copy of my stats. Along with the notation that none of the activities (comments or upvotes) made on the 29th showed up. Don’t Mods comments count?

    • The ones who are decreasing your up votes are the ones who definitely do not like your posts. And I know who they were these two last times. I lost another 300 votes. The application of that program making it possible that someone else decreases your votes should be withdrawn like yesterday. I often receive replies to my comments that I certainly do not like or are insulting. I ignore these responses. I certainly wouldn’t touch anyone’s up votes in a negative way.

      • Pumpkin Pie

        I can’t believe this. I’m sorry this is still happening to you 🙁
        I just checked Spazmo and Issac’s and they’ve lost over 2000 each.

        • It comes with the territory Pumpkin.
          Those kind of people are so very frustrated that they don’t know which way to turn. They have insulted Eva big time. I have tried to cheer her up and later on I advised her to leave that channel. Afterwards I lost a total of some 500 up votes. 🙂
          Spazmo and Isaac are not going to like that one bit 🙁

    • coolercoleman

      Wow I thought it was just an incompetent IT staff. I had no idea this was insider politics, Thanks for the info!

    • Lian Renaud

      Appreciate your reply.And Enjoy your comments.

      Is there anyone we could contact to solve this problem?understand if you cant answer.

      Many of us work hard to create a good atmosphere,therefore to lose hard earned upvotes is somewhat unjust.

      Lost well over a thousand UVs yesterday.Its not the first time.Disappearing before my eyes sent photos to Tony,he used to reply but hasnt recently.

      It does rankle a bit.

      Why a question mark on your avatar?that has puzzled me a bit.

      • People at Disqus are not very helpful about this. In fact, they caused a lot of this problem. Basically, it boils down to some Special Snowflakes™ who run the original channels being upset that people were leaving their toxic channels and moving to places where they could express themselves. When competing channels started doing well, they look at technical reasons, like upvotes, instead of real reasons, like their toxic moderation.

        As to the question mark avatar: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anonymous_(group)

        The colour of the avatar is Disqus Blue, and the background grey palette is a desaturated rainbow flag, a humorous spoof which could be interpreted as “straight pride” 😋

        • Lian Renaud

          👍🌞🌹🐚🍀thank you

        • Lian Renaud

          Can identify with that!

  • cargosquid

    This was a great article.

    Apparently, I haven’t been to ANY of the channels that you are talking about. They must not be very interesting.

    • Paul

      It will probably get to you soon. What I have seen is that it seems to be going poster-by-poster. It did not start with me until well after it was seen by Rhetorical Brutality.

      • stevemusicmaker

        Nine days ago several posters from Breitbart began complaining about the loss of up-votes. One complained to me about it and I brought a question to Dr. T. on his behalf asking Dr. T. if he knew what was going on (9 days ago).

        It took about 8 days before it hit my up-vote total and I lost 50-70 or more up-votes.

        Disqus(t) apparently is doing a slow death-roll across the U.S.A, one region at a time.

      • RB’s

        … you rang?

        • Paul

          Please don’t enlarge that any more.

          It will summon the flying Monkeys.

          • 😈 sgthwjack
          • Paul

            Will do boss.

          • Jed

            It’s also wise to keep a bucket of water close by.

          • cwgf

            And a wooden stake.

          • Jed

            This is reminiscent of an earlier thread in which we also added garlic, holy water, and silver bullets. It’s good to be prepared.

          • cwgf

            We could render the cankles for fuel, but my old beater probably couldn’t take it.

          • Paul

            Ewwww….
            That’s just wrong.
            Funny though 🙂

          • cwgf

            😉

          • Jubal Early ☠

            What if they only way to get rid of her and save your own life… was to sexually please her, before she sucked your soul out like a succubus?

          • Jed

            I plead old age, your Honor! And insanity!

          • Paul

            That’s not very sporting of Jubal. You and I have already had to deal with one moral dilemma today and union rules state that we get a nap after one of those.

          • Jed

            I considered that too, but you handled that one, so I thought I’d just turn tail and run.

          • Paul

            That one actually hung around for the coup de gras. They normally sniff it out and skedaddle before that. I found it strangely satisfying.

          • Jed

            One of these days, we need to talk. Seriously though, she really didn’t understand how what she was presenting was not a classic moral dilemma at all, but I had no idea of how to reach her. You did, and she still didn’t get it. Maybe if she rereads your comments she’ll figure it out.

          • Jubal Early ☠

            Then you’re perfect for the job. Somebody has to step up and take one for the team. You’re too old to out run us, and we would hope that your dementia is well enough along to believe me when I tell you she’s this woman. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a81deb551d37dff2748079d327ad7b8de4a3f52b46a39a906beacb06a272c611.jpg

          • ROTF LMAO!!!!

          • Jed

            If you insist. Got some pills or something to help?

          • cwgf

            I need my Obama bag.

          • Jed

            Is it made out of steel reinforced Kevlar?

          • cwgf

            It should be. The image from Jubal’s comment made me projectile barf at Mach 2.

          • I hear she’s “strictly lickly”, so you wouldn’t qualify anyway unless you identify as a naked mole rat.

          • 😈Shep Schultz✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ
          • WHAT THE HELL?! I’m trying to eat ice cream here!

          • LOL 😋 sorry…

          • 😈Shep Schultz✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ
          • I thought we were talking about leslie lapsitter?

          • 😈Shep Schultz✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            It is so hard to tell the difference sometimes.

          • I think it’s either the mascara, eyeliner, or desire for oppression and totalitarian control. One of those. 😋

          • 😈Shep Schultz✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            They are still using lead in their eyeliner.

          • 😈 Bucksergeant ✓ ᵛᶦᶫᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            I was actually called that as an expletive from a teenaged poster. I guess infa has made it common use.

          • Jed

            It seems to go back to the South Park character, Mr. Derp. It’s been around quite awhile — I remember hearing college students use it some years back. Infa changed the spelling to “dERp” for reasons we know.

          • 😈Shep Schultz✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ
          • Proud Conservative Mom

            AGREED!…..and how! Thank G-d you are both on the “Right” side. 😉

          • {{{{shudder}}}}

            Death is sometimes not the worst option…

          • Jubal Early ☠

            That’s what I was thinking. I would hope God would appreciate not giving into such evil and dying unsoiled… or we could talk Jed into it, while we run.

          • LOL!!! Think he’d take one for the team? 🙂

          • Jubal Early ☠

            He was claiming old age and insanity a bit earlier… how far along is dementia is would be critical when it comes to talking him into it.

          • Jed

            Thanks a lot. Your concern is touching.

          • RB’s

            “Sometimes, dead is better.”

            — tagline from the movie Pet Sematary (1989)

          • Jed

            Given the current topic of discussion, a tragically apropos quotation.

          • Jubal Early ☠

            …Uhhhh…. well of course when retell the tale and sing songs, you’ll be the hero of the whole village. We’ll eve build you a statue. We’ll rename the town Jedstown and I’ll write you a song.

            Jed!

            The man they call Jed!

            He robbed from the rich and he gave to the poor.

            Stood up to the Hill and he gave her what for.

            Our love for him is great, though he is dead,

            The hero of Disqus, the man they call Jed!

            Now Jed saw the Upvoters backs breakin’.

            He saw the Upvoter’s lament.

            And he saw that Hillary takin’

            Every dollar and leavin’ five cents.

            So he said, “You can’t do that to my people!”

            “You can’t crush them under your heel.”

            Jed strapped on his hat,

            And in five seconds flat,

            Laid down with that Hillary and sexually did please her.

            He robbed from the rich and he gave to the poor.

            Stood up to the Hill and he gave her what for.

            Our love for him is great, though he is dead,

            The Hero of Disqus, the man they call Jed.

          • Jubal Early ☠

            …Uhhhh…. well of course when we retell the tale and sing songs, you’ll be the hero of the whole village. We’ll even build you a statue. We’ll rename Disqus Jedstown and I’ll write you a song.

            Jed!

            The man they call Jed!

            He robbed from the rich and he gave to the poor.

            Stood up to the Hill and he gave her what for.

            Our love for him is great, though he is dead,

            The hero of Disqus, the man they call Jed!

            Now Jed saw the Upvoter’s backs breakin’.

            He saw the Upvoter’s lament.

            And he saw that Hillary takin’

            Every dollar and leavin’ five cents.

            So he said, “You can’t do that to my people!”

            “You can’t crush them under your heel.”

            Jed strapped on his hat,

            And in five seconds flat,

            Laid down with that Hillary and sexually did please her.

            He robbed from the rich and he gave to the poor.

            Stood up to the Hill and he gave her what for.

            Our love for him is great, though he is dead,

            The Hero of Disqus, the man they call Jed.

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e0afcd6b4fc40d6d1c5c8a6544d339accd5f4b2256e79ba1ff03ddf5f0bb2c50.jpg

          • Jed

            As much as I admire your poetry (it really is very good), not to mention your ability to spin a yarn, is it too late to ask for a pinch hitter? I hear that Paul is just chomping at the bit to go in for me.

          • Jubal Early ☠

            It’s from an episode of Firefly – The Ballad of Jayne Cobb. I just adapted it to our Hero Jed.

          • Jed

            Way to dodge the question.

            What about Paul?!

            I’m dying here, man! Throw me a line!

          • Jubal Early ☠

            We could vote on it… but I’m really digging your new song.

          • Jed

            Thanks. Bunches. I’m beginning to feel like I’m in the wrong part in the quicksand scene in Blazing Saddles. I always was good at dying on stage.

          • Paul

            It’s kinda like the friend of the guy who gets bit by a rattlesnake in the nether regions and asks his friend for help.
            The reply was; “Sorry, your gonna die”.

          • Jed

            Thanks just the same, Brother. If that’s your finial word, I’ll go ahead and take one for the team, but there may not be much of me left when it’s all said and done. Don’t forget about the Scotch over my grave.

          • Paul

            You got it! And as a token of my respect it will be “unfiltered” 🙂

          • Jed

            Thanks! That means a lot to me, but I’d understand if you filtered it first.

          • latinovet

            I will pour Sake over it and sing a song of the Samurai.
            Naturally I will leave the bottle and the filled cup there.

          • Jed

            The bushi in me regards that as a great honor. Domo arigato.

          • RubyMontana

            This one had me choking on my coffee, Jubal.
            🙂

          • Jubal Early ☠

            I have my moments, when I aim to misbehave.

          • RubyMontana

            That you do!
            🙂

          • 😈 OHJonesy

            OUTSTANDING, Jubal! Poor Jed, I’ve never seen anyone thrown under the bus with such dignity, ROFL!

          • Jed

            The statue was a really nice touch.

          • Forget that! Go right for the Holy Hand Grenade… only way to make sure…

          • Jed

            Oh, but were it possible…

          • ^^^Truth^^^ LOL

          • Perfect! There’s so many funny bits in that bard’s tale! 😀

          • I found also found a gif that’s perfect for the special snowflakes. :-p

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bad0cf49c66863ed606ed6d70b63556d9dcdffa786d64daa67c048f32fe79f84.gif

          • THAT IS PERFECT!!!!!!

            And we know they’re already down in the dirt 😛

          • stevemusicmaker

            TOO Funny!

          • Jed

            Long live Monty Python!

          • RB’s
          • RB’s

            Frightening, isn’t it? I mean the prospect of four years (or more) of that, of course.

          • Paul

            I was having a splendid day before you typed that. Unfortunately, it is a possibility regardless of how things shake out. Almost like someone planned it that way.

          • RB’s

            Gee… ya think?

            😉

          • As long as they’re bringing barf bags for us it’s all good

          • cwgf

            Obama bags

          • Same thing LOL

          • cwgf

            😀 As Cletus would say…prezactly!

          • cwgf

            Hahahaa! Worse than fingernails on a chalkboard.

  • williamdiamon

    Thank you Dr. Thomas for this article. It explains the unusual problems, and seamy underbelly of Disqus we have witnessed since those channels began. I will continue to avoid them as the smell is overwhelming.

  • RB’s
  • Paul

    Thank you for the information, presented in a factual manner. That Disqus decided to address the upvote issue not targeted to automatons is clear. It is Machiavellian; “Commit all of your atrocities at once” Then sit back and claim it was all for the good and not just the specific bad headlined.

    • What I find most infuriating about it is the attitude of “Sam J”: “I answered this same question a bunch of times! (provides links to 12 or so discussions about the issue) Why do people keep asking?”

      Because Sam J is not telling the truth. And we know it.

      • Thomas

        Sam J is a well known water boy for Tony as well. He’s got insider status. Must all that butt kissing he’s engaged in for over a year 🙄

      • Jed

        No, he’s not telling the truth, but questioning his word in any way, as you well know, has consequences. I was particularly amused when Vuppe deleted this reply to Sam after he accused me of being a troll:

        “Sam, here’s a thought: take a look in a mirror. Seriously, how do you
        think calling everyone with whom you disagree a “troll” is beneficial to
        the discussion at hand?”

      • Paul

        Baghdad Bob is old news.
        Josh Ernest beat him out for the job.

  • Jed

    Excellent work, Dr. Thomas! Thank you. I would very much like to see some of the “gold stars” weigh in here, but I don’t won’t hold my breath.

    • Well, if the information from HAL is correct, it appears that one of the most SJW of all of the awe-stars ( “awe” because they are the small portion of the all-stars who are in awe of themselves), may have been pretty adversely affected as well.

      But Vuppe, Forkless, and SamJ are *on the scene* making sure that those awe-stars are aware that everything is normal.

      • Jed

        Most interesting; thanks.

      • stevemusicmaker

        Dr. T., you’ve given us a voice and a reasoned response to a poorly handled situation by Disqus(t). We all appreciate that!

      • Jubal Early ☠

        My upvotes have pretty much stayed the same. I had a small dip, but it was very minor. I was banned from New Views… and I have never even posted there. I tried once and it told me I was banned.

        • Gmartini preemptively bans anyone smarter than her.

          • Jubal Early ☠

            I’m guessing she has more people banned than actually contribute, if that is one of her parameters.

          • Why yes, yes she does. I think she’s banned more people than contribute there in a week. But I’d have to check HAL to be sure…

        • 😈 Bucksergeant ✓ ᵛᶦᶫᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          Same here, When I complained they wanted my E-mail address. Obviously, I’m still banned. I think Duck Season had something to do with it. He thinks I’m part of the up-vote gang (which I happen to be.)

          • stevemusicmaker

            Gangsta!!! Up-vote Gangsta.

            When telling the truth and up-voting others for doing the same becomes a criminal offense!

          • RubyMontana

            Steve, this is the way it is.
            You (and I) upvote, they take it away.
            I go back and put them there, they take it away.
            I’m beginning to think we should all just stop the upvote for, say a week. No hits on disqus and let them try to monetize with no action at all!
            Or, all do a day with no posts whatsoever. A boycott.
            It could work.
            🙂

          • RubyMontana

            In my opinion, Buck, it’s all Duck. I am banned from so many channels, I can’t keep up!
            And there still is a forum to post. Somewhere!
            It’s a big web. There’s always a pace for me. One of the “upvote gang”.
            🙂

          • Jubal Early ☠

            The only part that irritates me, is when I give someone an upvote that isn’t banned, and it gets erased.

          • RubyMontana

            It happens all the time.
            I used to go back and re-upvote. Then I tried a little experiment. I went back 18 days to see if my upvotes were still there.
            They weren’t.
            The first rule of disqus is …. don’t complain about disqus.

          • Jed

            And we are honored to have you as a member!

        • RubyMontana

          I am banned from News Views, Breaking News, Religion, CA News, and News Network.
          I’m hoping they miss me. (Or that Quack will.)
          I don’t miss them!
          🙂

          • Jubal Early ☠

            I’m probably banned from all of those too… if Duck Season has anything to do with them.

          • RubyMontana

            Well, you’re in good company!
            With me.
            🙂

          • Ruby it’s their loss. I didn’t know about upvoted disappearing but I noticed a few thousand of mine have disappeared too. Strange. Have a great weekend see you over at JR.

          • RubyMontana

            I don’t often check my stats. But I do know that the upvotes I give disappear like magic.
            Strange, indeed.
            See you at the JR.
            🙂

  • cwgf

    It would take some time, but a focused effort to replace disqus with a better product wouldn’t be that difficult. Create a good business plan, get the right people together to create the system, and give disqus some serious competition. Make some good $ too.

  • 😈Shep Schultz✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Ooops, I’m down another thousand today. That puts me down about 51,000 so far.
    *****************
    I guess long time disqus users who operated during the days of “guest” users will just have to pay a penalty for their longevity.
    *****************
    They are probably busy removing Cletus’ votes from when he periodically deleted his profile.
    *****************
    I am certain I have never had an upvote bot following me.
    *****************
    (said while dragging my voice as in “Thanks Obama”)

    Thanks disqus…

    • RB’s

      Let’s look on the bright side! This nonsense badly damages the prospects for a Disqus IPO anytime soon. Imagine the look on the investment bankers’ faces as they turn over the rocks and find all these maggots, and more, squirming on their undersides. And the suits will uncover the extent to which the place is rigged. Who knows? They might even expose fraud being perpetrated upon those who pay Disqus’s bills.

      The telltale signs that any of this speculation is coming true would be 1) underwriters backing out of the deal without comment, followed shortly thereafter by 2) Disqus announcing in a written statement that its IPO has been “put on hold indefinitely,” also without further comment.

    • Always_Go_Full_Crumpet (G√+1)

      ‘Some’ people [no names] love playing little games with the upvote system. They’ll even follow others around just to upvote them, in return for likewise gestures. How sad.
      What kind of lifeless, basement dwelling mong would do ‘that’ though… eh??

      • 😈Shep Schultz✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        There are lots of reasons to upvote.
        *******************
        Some people are just butthurt because they don’t have what it takes to get along with other people.

      • 😈Shep Schultz✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        Oh look! You are the closed profile sock of a coward!
        ****************
        You know all about some people don’t you?

        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6c9844a6ddd2f30367f2f7aeb16b0735e9ef73c11666f16a1948ed97e5531e0f.jpg

        • cwgf

          LOL!

          • 😈Shep Schultz✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Another predictable sock coward. Sock cowards travel with some people like a cloud of dust.

          • cwgf

            Yup. I knew soon as I saw smelled it.

          • 😈Shep Schultz✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            I’m surprised more of the boys from ROK haven’t smelt the hag who dealt it yet.

          • Always_Go_Full_Crumpet (G√+1)

            Is that why you’re following may ass around on another thread and then just constantly lurking in the shadows, naughty little pupp..

          • 😈Shep Schultz✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Which other thread am I following you on?
            *******************
            Whose sock are you? (snicker)
            *******************
            Never mind.

          • Always_Go_Full_Crumpet (G√+1)

            Asks a question… already knows the answer.. throws an irrelevant comment to see what sticks [nothing].. backs out of the door 😉

            Did I get that right.. did I …. YEaaahh bang on the money.

            As I’ve told your retarded friend Pheonix – I’m me. I’m not anyone else. I never have been anyone else.
            You do know s/he’s well mental n $hit, right? Lol

            Just sayin, ok. No need to repeat myself to you, I know you’re a lot smarter/ less unbalanced than Pheonix. 🙂

          • 😈Shep Schultz✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            So Phoenix figured you out too?
            *****************
            (snicker)
            *****************
            He’s young and brash, but he is gaining a lot of experience very quickly.
            *****************
            I’m proud of him!

          • Always_Go_Full_Crumpet (G√+1)

            Pheonix is a retarded hillbilly, with serious paranoid delusions.. and who thinks he can actually fly!! Lol

            His own mother can’t even be proud of that. 🙂

          • Wiz

            listen to yourself. you need serious help :-[ no joke

          • Lol.

          • Paul

            Hmm…You following around someone who is not this sock?

            Sounds like confession to me.

          • 😈Shep Schultz✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Indeed it does.

          • He(?)’s been following me for several days.. Has a fixation similar to Jealous Jeffy.

        • Always_Go_Full_Crumpet (G√+1)

          Oh wow.. she posted a cartoon, I’m soo defeated and beaten!

          Drew you in.. spat you back out, over- defensive little trog [Kidding] 😉 Lol

          • 😈Shep Schultz✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ
          • Always_Go_Full_Crumpet (G√+1)

            I’ll take that glory, and leave you with your President [not mine]. ;>)

          • 😈Shep Schultz✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ
          • Always_Go_Full_Crumpet (G√+1)

            Like an over eager teenage boy.. you’re a little premature 🙂 Lol

          • You are consistently getting 3 and 4 downvotes per comment little girl.

          • Always_Go_Full_Crumpet (G√+1)

            Upvotes/ downvotes… who, other than you, gives a flying crap, little boy? This is your life, and it’s oh so clear it’s what you care about more than anything. What a loser. You want upvotes to bolster your pathetically low self esteem. You’re in a downward spiral of lies and cries. Get a real life, and stop being a moron for once in your life why don’t you?

          • Hmm… How to put this in a way you’ll understand: “you’re harshing our buzz”.

            Lighten up or go somewhere else.

          • You, for one.

          • Basset_Hound

            Change the meme to Bernie voters, and it will be spot on.

          • 😈Shep Schultz✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Are you smelling dirty socks my replies?
            ******************
            (snicker)
            ******************
            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e9f58849d5480103e0eafd1f99c5a9c9744bf3aee9e8e0d1b6d6587c9d1be9f2.gif

          • Basset_Hound

            uh….yeah….could be….

          • Proud Conservative Mom

            🙂 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • 😈Shep Schultz✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ
          • 😈Malibu Barbie🎭

            I’m stealing this one

          • Paul

            Priceless.

          • shouldn’t it have been green as in envious?

          • Proud Conservative Mom

            Shep, I had to hold on to my sides due to my laughing so very hard. I enjoyed every single minute of it. Please keep your postings coming.

            I bless the day we became friends on the net. You always have the “little gray cells” fully active with razor sharp humor to enhance it.

            I am so sorry you lost so many votes. What a real bummer! I am confident that you will be out on top the first from all of us. Brains and razor sharp humor are simply unbeatable.

            Thank you for always ensuring that my smile stays on my face. I would hate to ever lose it, G-d forbid!

          • 😈Shep Schultz✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            It is OK about the votes Mom. I was just noting the event. (Insert some Thoreau quote about my thoughts marching merrily out the door here.)

          • Proud Conservative Mom

            I still feel badly that you took such a hit. I am sure most of your friends and fans feel that way. 😕

          • 😈Shep Schultz✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Small matter. My real problem right now is the regulatory climate my business operates in. I’ll be making some expensive and drastic changes on July 1. My cash flow is off by about 75% for 2016. If we did not habitually live far below our means, pay cash for everything, and save, we would really be screwed.
            ************************
            Thanks Obama. Thanks DOL.

          • WorldGoneCrazy

            They do it themselves. Sadly. 🙁

          • Liberal/progresssive is a mental disorder.

          • 😈Shep Schultz✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ
          • There you have it Shep. Excellent!!! 🙂

          • 😈Shep Schultz✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ
          • Proud Conservative Mom

            You should absolutely get 1,000 upvotes for this one, alone, the posting right below it, is positively sublime as well. Thank you!!!

          • Always_Go_Full_Crumpet (G√+1)

            Oh you.. so very clever you are! Hoisted me from the main spar with that there picture. Grrr.. whatever shall I do to get down? Some ironic sarcasm perhaps?.. No.. that’s no good, sarcasm doesn’t work on the net does it..
            You got me. Well done. I’ll probably die up here now. You clever, shy, retiring little ‘righties’.. so ‘right’ you always are. So clever and right.. and shooty.. and probably god fearing. With him behind you, and all them shooty things – what chance does logic and reason ever have I wonder.

          • 😈Shep Schultz✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Those pictures are worth a thousand words each.
            ***************************
            You are about 15,000 words short on your replies.
            ***************************
            Get busy.

          • Cletus B Neckbeard

            Hey! Wutcha got there? 😄

          • Always_Go_Full_Crumpet (G√+1)

            Think of a the most complex number you can. Now multiply by your age. Now be creative and add some zeros and multiply by the population of your church. Now think of a picture.
            Post that instead of the number.

            I bet your number was zero! And just by weird spooky magic – has the same value as your picture. You can keep it.. it’s all you got 😉

          • Cletus B Neckbeard

            Righties ahkbar! :o)

          • Always_Go_Full_Crumpet (G√+1)

            You’ve lost me. What is ahkbar?

          • Brindle_Catahoula

            Cletus! Shep made this avatar for me but I don’t want to use it. Take it for your own if you want it.
            Just so you know I’m not a problem, the time is 6:48. In a few minutes Shep will use the word Applebee’s in a response.

            Please don’t reply to this email. Upvote it so I’ll know you’ve seen it and I can take it down.! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/82966ff5a89b544f960e31a0f1ee8f99b06d6d4bc4873bbea83742b3dc68c7aa.jpg

      • Jed

        Why do you care?

        • I sense jealousy in the SJW you’re talking to… Apparently, the concept of “friends” is completely foreign to them…

          • Jed

            I think you’re right. I’ve asked the question before, and have never gotten any better an answer than, “It sends a comment to the top of the thread when sorted by ‘best’.” That strikes me as a meaningless objection. It is the same vein as the man who reads nothing but headlines in a newspaper and then thinks himself well informed.

        • Always_Go_Full_Crumpet (G√+1)

          Who rattled your cell door, dippy?

          • Jed

            It is a reasonable and legitimate question. Why do you care?

          • Always_Go_Full_Crumpet (G√+1)

            Reasonable and legitimate – yes, absolutely. ..from the person I addressed, who already knows exactly why I said it. Ok now?

          • So you’re saying it’s an inside joke, posted as a sock puppet so nobody knows who said it,and thus, its significance.

            Seems Legit. 😂

          • Always_Go_Full_Crumpet (G√+1)

            Lol.. Oh no.. everyone around here been drinking the same tap water or ?? Eek..
            Still love ya.. just no kissin ok.

          • “Just no kissin ok.”
            See, now I have to figure out who you are. Are you a gmartini sock? I hear she has that kind of arrangement with most of her clients best friends 😋

          • Always_Go_Full_Crumpet (G√+1)

            Lol.. this is honestly the best amount of fun I’ve had with strange people everr.
            I’m not any of those people ok. Seriously :$ Sheesharoonies

          • Hey! I’m not a strange person… Oh, wait.. Yes I am ☺

            Ok, you got me this time, but I’ll be watching you 👀 😋

          • Always_Go_Full_Crumpet (G√+1)

            We’re all strange(ers) united by a common instability.

            “I’ll be watching you”. Well now I’m finally starting to get an idea where all the paranoia is coming from around these here parts 😉 Lol

          • We watch the watchers 😋

          • Always_Go_Full_Crumpet (G√+1)

            Yeah but who watches the watcher watchers.. hmm? 😉

          • Jed

            That’s not an answer, but if it makes you feel better, go for it.

          • Always_Go_Full_Crumpet (G√+1)

            It doesn’t make me feel either happy or sad.. just the same really. Nothing gained, nothing lost here. My comments should tell the story if you cared to really know, but honestly.. there’s no big deal, was just a little matter to attend to.
            Thanks for the interest. 🙂

          • Jed

            Given the fact that your profile is locked, I have no way of knowing any but your immediate comments, and they fail to “tell the story.”

            Please allow me to rephrase the question: Why do you think some people are so concerned about the ‘upvoting habits’ of others?

          • Always_Go_Full_Crumpet (G√+1)

            You have no real legitimate reason to know anything about me, and I do not grant you your kind request to know more other than what you can gather from my recent comments.
            I will say that my channel was unlocked until I realised this place is crawling with trolls. Am I a sock puppet troll some people here have asked – I’ll let you decide. I honestly don’t mind much what anyone else thinks to be honest, I’m not one of the Disqus lapdogs who gives much of a cr@p what the mods or some overly dedicated others think or do. It’s all about keeping it real for me. I don’t do or tollerate BS. Nuff said.
            All the best ok

        • Cletus B Neckbeard

          Ha ha… really.

      • Aww… You don’t have friends? Here’s a pity upvote. ☺

        • Always_Go_Full_Crumpet (G√+1)

          Love you Soooo much 😉

    • Raptor Keeper

      Wow, I thought I was hurt with 4 thousand lost….😢

      • I am losing thousands per day. 2000-4000

        • Would you mind if I checked with the Boterator on your rep score, to compare it across days?

          • Yes…i think it was 64.566 for the last few days…please check it

          • !userinfo Infadelicious
            By request ☺

          • Dogs Of War

            !userinfo infadelicious

          • Dogs Of War

            Dogs Of War (4/29/2016 11:15 PM)!userinfo infadelicious

            User @Infadelicious:disqus :
            Rep: 64.530892
            Posts: 63203
            Approved: 59786 ( 94.59 %)
            Flagged: 3238 ( 5.12 %)
            Spam: 20 ( 0.03 %)

            Forums With Posts: 357
            Followers: 215
            Likes – Dislikes: 488994

          • Dogs Of War

            !userinfo yourcoccyx
            by comparison, and because he loves it sooooooooo much when his info is displayed.

          • Dogs Of War

            Dogs Of War (4/29/2016 11:16 PM)!userinfo yourcoccyx
            by comparison, and because he loves it sooooooooo much when his info is displayed.

            User @yourcoccyx:disqus :
            Rep: 17.007727
            Posts: 27410
            Approved: 25796 ( 94.11 %)
            Flagged: 383 ( 1.40 %)
            Spam: 2 ( 0.01 %)

            Forums With Posts: 108
            Followers: 111
            Likes – Dislikes: 64010

          • Jubal Early ☠

            Do mine please?

          • !userinfo disqus_KWTd99f9Xf
            By request

          • Dogs Of War

            Dr. Thomas [ᔕᗰᑎᑕ] (4/30/2016 12:46 AM)!userinfo disqus_KWTd99f9Xf
            By request

            User @disqus_KWTd99f9Xf:disqus :
            Rep: 13.572748
            Posts: 7409
            Approved: 7238 ( 97.69 %)
            Flagged: 823 ( 11.11 %)
            Spam: 2 ( 0.03 %)

            Forums With Posts: 163
            Followers: 79
            Likes – Dislikes: 117057

          • Jubal Early ☠

            HAHAHAHAHAHA Thanks. That’s a lot of flags.

          • !userinfo dgcj
            Well, in the grand scheme of things, it could be much worse…

          • Dogs Of War

            Dr. Thomas [ᔕᗰᑎᑕ] (4/30/2016 12:52 AM)!userinfo dgcj
            Well, in the grand scheme of things, it could be much worse…

            User @dgcj:disqus :
            Rep: -81.527183
            Posts: 43580
            Approved: 35097 ( 80.53 %)
            Flagged: 37982 ( 87.15 %)
            Spam: 133 ( 0.31 %)

            Forums With Posts: 122
            Followers: 62
            Likes – Dislikes: 17255

          • stevemusicmaker

            Thirty-seven-THOUSAND-FLAGS!!!!
            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1c21ee2564f413019b37a6d9895de19cf9b0dfdf5613dacb6d6b0f39d9bb0a49.jpg
            WOW!

            DGCJ really is a record setter!

            LOL

          • Red47

            Negative 81. Bwahahahaha,

          • Jubal Early ☠

            HAHAHAHAHA -81 rep… holy crap! 37,982 Flagged…. HAHAHAHAHAHA

          • Wiz

            BWAHAHAHAHA “holy crap” “does the pope shit in the wood?” ooh no that’s “is the bear catholic?” sorry
            anyway I’m easily confused.
            But man 37,982 You KNOW you’re doing something right LMAO

          • Jubal Early ☠

            That’s not for me. That’s for DGCJ, and nothing that idiot does is right.

          • stevemusicmaker

            One things for sure about this sick snake, DGCJ, and his/its 37,982 FLAGS– https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/33990d29286db8c733e268cdd8013ee1f5fea201e4e82d44b00acb8ec1878ffe.gif –he/it deserves every one of them!

          • WOW! HE’s got an even worse rep than the last time I check him.BUT…
            Notice the flag to post ratio (which WAS 127%) has gone down dramatically?
            Seems Disqus is doing even MORE tampering than they are admitting to.

          • stevemusicmaker

            The flags just mean you annoyed some leftist and said what he needed but didn’t want to hear…:). https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/20d7998b097c35a8c48b0321b6ede213db6d73b2ae076c3b979bb1cd619fbf6b.gif

          • Jubal Early ☠

            I venture out into a lot of shark infested waters, and knock out a lot of teeth.

          • Eva

            Good point.

          • Awww, the awe-stars and their toadies are just showing their affection for you 😛

          • Jubal Early ☠

            Thanks.

          • Me too please.

          • Wiz

            I Asked Dogs of war MOD Marty

          • .

          • Dogs Of War

            Dr. Thomas [ᔕᗰᑎᑕ] (4/30/2016 2:15 AM)!addop martypad ushering
            Figured you may want this. Will check your user info next…

            The operator @martypad:disqus ‘s access has been (re)assigned successfully.

          • !userinfo martypad
            Test

          • Dogs Of War

            Dr. Thomas [ᔕᗰᑎᑕ] (4/30/2016 2:16 AM)!userinfo martypad
            Test

            User @martypad:disqus :
            Rep: 23.658502
            Posts: 7998
            Approved: 7906 ( 98.85 %)
            Flagged: 151 ( 1.89 %)
            Spam: 28 ( 0.35 %)

            Forums With Posts: 120
            Followers: 166
            Likes – Dislikes: 204018

          • !addop martypad userinfo
            Test

          • Dogs Of War

            Dr. Thomas [ᔕᗰᑎᑕ] (4/30/2016 2:17 AM)!addop martypad userinfo
            Test

            The operator @martypad:disqus ‘s access has been (re)assigned successfully.

          • Thank you Dr. Thomas. 😉

          • Wiz

            Can you do mine too, please. I promise an up vote LOL

          • !userinfo disqus_ArWQs4Wj0N
            Here you go ☺

          • Dogs Of War

            Dr. Thomas [ᔕᗰᑎᑕ] (4/30/2016 1:28 AM)!userinfo disqus_ArWQs4Wj0N
            Here you go ☺

            User @disqus_ArWQs4Wj0N:disqus :
            Rep: 4.603167
            Posts: 3276
            Approved: 3169 ( 96.73 %)
            Flagged: 16 ( 0.49 %)
            Spam: 0 ( 0.00 %)

            Forums With Posts: 72
            Followers: 44
            Likes – Dislikes: 20804

          • Dogs Of War

            !syncchannels
            Here’s wondering what this will do.

          • Dogs Of War

            Dogs Of War (4/30/2016 4:40 AM)!syncchannels
            Here’s wondering what this will do.

            Channel List Synced Successfully.

          • Dogs Of War

            Dr. Thomas [ᔕᗰᑎᑕ] (4/29/2016 11:10 PM)!userinfo Infadelicious
            By request ☺

            User @Infadelicious:disqus :
            Rep: 64.530892
            Posts: 63206
            Approved: 59789 ( 94.59 %)
            Flagged: 3238 ( 5.12 %)
            Spam: 20 ( 0.03 %)

            Forums With Posts: 357
            Followers: 215
            Likes – Dislikes: 489030

        • Wiz

          Wait 5 seconds 1 2 3 4 5 OK now I can vote LMAO

          • Ok, only 3,999 to go LMAO. Hi Wiz.

          • Wiz

            Hi infa. I just couldn’t stay away form this one after i’ve been screaming about this for 2 weeks. Had to throw in my 2 cents too. now I’m broke so don’t ask foe a loan LMAO

      • 😈Shep Schultz✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        I am sure Infadelicious has lost many more.

        • By my recollection, she was over 506,000 early yesterday or day before. That’s almost 10,000 a day. No way it’s bot related or stale accounts.

      • 😈Shep Schultz✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        Think of it this way, it is a 14% loss.
        ******************’
        Percentage wise, you probably took a bigger hit than I did.
        *******************
        I am certain that Infa took more of a hit than either of us, maybe both of us compbined, even as a percentage.

        • Proud Conservative Mom

          Hi! I don’t normally stay on top of my up votes, this is the Second time I was in the mid to high two hundreds and somehow someone reduced my numbers twice, about 150 votes total each time. So sorry to jump into your conversation like this. Do you know what is going on? It started after I sent rebuttals to DGJC or something like that.

          I am a big girl. I can take it. I wanted to know most importantly if he can hack into my account?

          Hope all of your loved ones are healthy and doing great in every way possible…

  • JOS1999 🌠 🌠 🌠 🌠 🌠 🌠

    Thank You! This explains why a lot of my Disqus “friends” are losing Up Votes and I am not. I’ve been on less than a year.

    • Bruised Orange

      I’ve been on less than a year JOS and it has begun with me too. I think it is a group of people being targeted.

      • Paul

        I have a very strong suspicion that you are right.

      • JOS1999 🌠 🌠 🌠 🌠 🌠 🌠

        I just lost 1500, so you may be right. When will the idiots learn that if you want more Up Votes, be friendly and make statements that show grasps of competency and literacy? Also, BE FRIENDLY. As Paul wisely stated awhile back, if you are stingy in giving them, you probably won’t receive them either. The group of people “butt hurt” are just the people that for some odd reason everyone knows as being childish, selfish, ignorant, and unable to post statements that others find enlightening. They have banned so many people for stupid reasons that they have banned themselves by default.

        • Being friendly and kind requires you acknowledge that other people are just as worthwhile as you are. Those whining about not being liked don’t believe others are worth anything. Hence their negative attitude.

    • I have been with Disqus for eight months and I have lost about 500 up votes 🙂

  • Mr. Perfect

    I saw my upvotes take a small dip, and then I saw them shoot back up. Regardless of the amount of my upvotes, I still can’t exchange them for a bus pass and a hamburger.

    • cwgf

      LOL! I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday, for a hamburger today!

  • Thomas

    I’ve speculated some time ago on DD that Disqus’ mission is to eventually do away with upvotes. Seems to me this is one way for them to achieve that goal.

    • Mr. Perfect

      That would stink. Seeing my cumulative upvotes is meaningless to me, but seeing the difference between a post that is ignored and one that may get 20+ upvotes is cool. You’re probably right though. Enough people take that stuff seriously enough that Disqus could get rid of it to ‘improve the user experience.’

      • Thomas

        Then you could finally be in the running for the “gold star” 😉

        • Mr. Perfect

          I don’t think I’ll ever get The Star. I never access my email, and I have trolled too many times. What could have been, right?

          • Thomas

            You’ll live 😀

          • RB’s

            That’s OK. When those of us whose emotional development wasn’t arrested back in junior high school hear “Awe Stars,” we think “participation trophies.”

      • Maybe those that take it so seriously should improve the quality of their comments and they might get upvotes. Instead of whining about it.Just sayin’

        • Mr. Perfect

          I’m not sure, but I think you just implied that some of my comments are not perfect.
          blasphemy.

        • Oh come now, Infa, don’t you know SJW’s are allergic to personal responsibility? 😋

        • [sigh] there you go… being all logical again!

          One of the prerequisites for being an SJW is you must have logic reassignment surgery. This is where the logic that you were born with is cut out and an illogical blob grown from the cells from Michael Moore’s (or Chanty Binks’s but hers are harder to harvest as she can move whereas Michael Moore…well, let’s just say he’s not so fast) illogical blob are sewn in.

          • Ok…apparently i have used up my logic quota for the day….I need a juice box and a cookie, you all need to check your illogical/ upvote gang privilege..you’re making me feel unsafe.. ACK! Someone hold me

          • Paul

            Sure!
            Hehehehe….

          • No fair! You beat me by 4 minutes.. (pouts) 😋

          • Paul

            I was motivated.

          • I’ll take one for the team… 😋 😂 😁

          • Wiz

            Michael Moore? Isn’t he the guy that tried to buy a house at 1600 Pennsylvanian Ave from Donald Trump LOL

          • Craig Tarter

            “Logic reassignment surgery”? Hot diggity! Is it touch free, or does the “patient” get “touched” in a manner that defies reason? Terminally. The new waysick procedure from WASBRO, available at fine chopshops near…someone.

        • jwcody

          Exactly, its not the point of the message that needs to change but the delivery.. If you have a respectful back and forth with someone I will give them an upvote for making a good point even if I reply disagreeing with their thought process… Then again some people just never have any substance…

  • Bruised Orange

    I would just like to add there are those that I follow I need to do over, and over and over again to make stick. JwCody, Infa, Shep, Jed, Blueburb, Poljunkie are the worse so far.

    • stevemusicmaker

      Some people are just hard to pin down….

      No, just kidding, Bruised O. We are finding that on some websites/pages you have to wait several seconds between up-voting.

      I don’t have that kind of patience so I up-vote and then refresh the page and fill in what’s left, then later when I am on that person’s homepage/profile/dashboard I scroll down a few ‘days’ to make sure they all really stuck.

      You have to make some adjustments (go a little more slowly).

      • The funny thing about it is that bots are not even hindered by this – only humans. So Disqus have accomplished exactly the opposite of their stated goal, but exactly the same as what some channel moderators want: to make Disqus extremely difficult to “like” 😋

        • Isn’t a lot of upvotes on a channel a good thing whether it is the moderator or posters getting the upvotes…I know each channel can track number of upvotes per day. Why would a mod be upset about a poster showing up that gets lots of votes…isn’t it good to have popular people on your site?

          • It depends on what matters to you most. For rational people, you are correct. For SJW’s, it’s only good for a channel to get a bunch of up votes if the people getting the up votes are SJW’s. That’s why some would rather sabotage their channel than allow opinions they don’t agree with to do well. That’s why Disqus would sabotage the operation of its system so SJW’s won’t be called to account for their actions.

          • Similar to politicians pushing policies they know will destroy the country as long as they acquire wealth and power for themselves in the short term. So politicians and SJWs are akin to parasites killing the host…they don’t care—they just want to keep feeding???

          • Pretty much… You’ll notice that most haven’t outgrown their base instincts. They define themselves publicly by where they put their privates.

          • Silly woman! There’s waaaaay too much logic in that post of yours! 🙂

          • I don’t get accused of that often LOL

          • jwcody

            When you are an outsider and other outsiders follow you there and do not spread a few votes to others, the locals get pissed…

          • Jed

            Good point. It’s also understandable how someone can feel as if he or she is being “ganged up” on.

          • jwcody

            Kinda like the big bully with all the upvotes invading their safe space..
            I always try to spread a little cheer when entering a new site… Unless I peg them for enemy combatants…

          • Jed

            Good approach. Take good care, sir — I’m off for some sleep.

          • jwcody

            Goodnight Jed…

          • 😈Shep Schultz✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ
          • 😈Shep Schultz✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ
          • Red47

            Plus, if the upvoters show up and are welcomed, the channels gains more eyes and possibly followers. That should be good for the Gold Star people who lovuhlove their trophies.

      • jwcody

        I find when doing it in user profiles its a matter of Tempo… if the user has short posts and you are cruising through kinda fast you need to make sure you take just a short pause every couple of votes…

        • tetse

          I’m having trouble trying to up vote Marty P. I tried 15 times and I continually lose the music thread. Is it because I am using an iPad?

          • jwcody

            go through his profile then

          • tetse

            I keep having to reload his profile. Disqus says there is a problem – cuts me off reloads and cuts me off again.

          • jwcody

            log out and back in with a new window..

          • tetse

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0T5W-xJWuPE

            No luck getting music thread or reaching Marty p profile to up vote

            The Coasters life Would Be A dream ( Shaboom )

    • jwcody

      Yes its becoming a full time job going back and doing it again…

      • Bruised Orange

        I cannot help but wonder if that is the whole point, to discourage our comradery until we tire of the time it takes.

        Like you pointed out, they are selling Disqus upvotes in packs of 100. Everyone can now have virtual friends and there is a participation ribbon available to all. No matter how rude or how stupid you are. One just needs to look as far as the gold stars on Disqus, to see the quality of that merit.

        Whomever is doing this has grossly underestimated our tenacity. I will not conform to their rules of engagement. If it is war on freedom they want, I will gladly go once more into the fray.

        • jwcody

          I think it’s election related as well… It’s all about controlling the narrative but I believe they are progressing the manipulation in time for the election season…
          I have gone through bouts of upvotes being deleted in the past but never did the totals go down. Then it was about placement and keeping me off the top of the comments thread… Now that people travel from site to site or channel to channel it’s about bring us down to the middle of the pack and bringing their stooges up..
          I have had them edit my comments in the pas to make it the exact opposite of my intended position… Breitbart was so bad in the past I hardly ever posted anymore… they do target popularity if they are not of the same like minded Agenda….

        • Jed

          And in your close you have made the important point — our comradery is not, and has never been, dependent on upvotes!

          • Steveglen

            Amen!!

        • Jed

          Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;
          Or close the wall up with our English dead.
          In peace there’s nothing so becomes a man
          As modest stillness and humility:
          But when the blast of war blows in our ears,
          Then imitate the action of the tiger;
          Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood,
          Disguise fair nature with hard-favour’d rage;
          Then lend the eye a terrible aspect;
          Let pry through the portage of the head
          Like the brass cannon; let the brow o’erwhelm it
          As fearfully as doth a galled rock
          O’erhang and jutty his confounded base,
          Swill’d with the wild and wasteful ocean.

          ~ Shakespeare, Henry V, Act III, scene 1

          • Bruised Orange

            Thank you Jed, one of my favourite plays and in my opinion, some of the greatest words ever written. Every time I read them, I am moved and strengthened.

          • Jed

            Shakespeare’s work is perhaps more deeply human than that of any writer outside the Bible.

          • tetse

          • tetse

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ueI84_LU_9w
            Mongo Santa Maria. Watermelon Man

            It’s mellow Bruised

          • Bruised Orange

            Very nice tetse, I thoroughly enjoyed both your picks tonight …cheers!

          • tetse

            I just sent you Jerr Lee Lewis
            I never manage to find the proper place to send it to you so I hit reply and hope for the best. I couldn’t up post Marty p and I have been trying all night and losing the thread as it disappears and I get a message from Discus saying that there is a problem.

          • Bruised Orange

            that’s weird, I am not sure why that is. Perhaps you are locked out temporarily, try deleting your cookies and restarting. However, you may need to sign into Disqus again. I see him on my profile and he is currently posting on Monday Music if that helps.

          • tetse

            Thanks Bruised – I see him posting and when I hit reply I lose the thread. I will give both suggestions a try .

          • tetse

            Mambo Italiano. Sophia Loren

          • Jed

            Good sounds, tetse! I expected to see your posts over at Monday Music, but I haven’t had a chance to get by there tonight, so I’ll have to try to catch up tomorrow.

          • tetse

            Looking forward to you joining in.

          • tetse
          • Jed

            A classic in my neck of the woods!

          • tetse

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAs7U1dyesQ

            Would this be another classic?

            GUantalamera

          • Jed

            A good dance tune in any case. I’m off to grab some sleep. Take good care!

        • I think they think that if we can’t up vote or can’t do it like we used to that somehow we won’t be friends. They have no idea what real friendship is all about as it appears everyone they call “friend” is bought in some way.

          Just all of us remaining friends and comrades-in-arms (so to speak) defeats them in a way that will continue to thwart their designs and frustrate them.

    • 😈Shep Schultz✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      It is only us! It is only us!
      ********************
      We need a safe space!
      ********************
      (snicker)
      ********************
      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7c33e47c2563279a57ce58bfa4cf7a5b06cc4b699976106ebea1291dcdebebb1.jpg
      ********************
      By the way, you are another one whom I follow whose comments routinely fail to show up in my feed. I guess you are one of us now!

  • EXCELLENT Dr Thomas. Thank you so much for sharing. 🙂

  • SoundMind

    I’m glad to learn more about Upvoting and believe there’s some value in Disqus listing upvotes correctly. I use this feature to make my internet experience more expedient.

    For instance, I like to compare the ratio of a poster’s comments to his number of upvotes. When a poster’s comments far outnumber his upvotes, my initial suspicion that he may be a paid disrupter is borne out and I feel justified in ignoring his further comments on a thread. [see Edward Snowden’s revelation of internet manipulation techniques. (Do you allow links? https://theintercept.com/2014/02/24/jtrig-manipulation/)]

  • ☢ Yuki – OH 🎃

    Yay! another valuable information gained :’D
    Thankful that i followed some interesting people around disqus and also thanks Dr. Thomas.

  • Wiz

    I have been following this phenomenon for 2 weeks now and my observations as I stated yesterday on pislamonausea Central are 2 fold. First I notice increased harassment from mods on promoted channels as if I had been flagged especially if my opinion differed. Although I wasn’t banned, I noticed that votes I had placed days and weeks before were missing in user profiles concerning those channels. Sometimes a complete thread and other times selective votes only. I would re-vote and they would remain for days and then disappear again. This had absolutely nothing to do as I explained, with the 3 second rule. (not the one guys use when they pickup food of the floor) LOL
    I also notice a correlation between my site usage and the usage of members who’s profiles were missing votes that i had place. It seemed almost inimical and pernicious as if it were vengeful skulduggery on the part of Disqus and/or the channels that had flagged me. It wasn’t as if a block of votes were being truncated by accounts closures which should be an automatic function of the system not necessarily a type of “Scheduled maintenance.” These actions were controlled and implemented manually by some system of review and actions performed by whomever? They were selective and deliberate and they were implemented against selected individuals a few of whom I notified and warned.
    This forces me to change my voting tactics as if it were a game or should I say war. It was time consuming and frustrating and so now I vote “EVERYTHING” throw it against the wall and see what stick that way I don’t have to waste my time checking and rechecking, voting and re-voting. Of course the votes may all be on nonsensical comments and serve no useful purpose, but who cares? obviously Disqus doesn’t
    Try opening 3 or 4 profiles in separate windows, reduce them to a narrow column next to each other and vote across instead of down then you don’t have to wait 5 seconds 🙂 You will be voting different users, channels and threads all at the same time Wiz

    • At least one of the Aww-Stars is a Disqus employee. He may have gotten access to the Postgres Database that stores everything Disqus — that’s how whole channels got “raptured”.

    • wish in one handism

      Interesting methodology except for people who appreciate your vote and think that you voted for them because you liked their comments…..

      • Wiz

        Just spouting off. You know me better LOL
        Just pissed because my votes are disappearing and it’s time consuming to have to review and re-vote. We have more important things to do.
        Like now. I’m going through this thread and reloaded the page and 1/2 the votes are gone.

        • wish in one handism

          I hear ya bro.
          I hate it when companies know they have a problem and drag their feet correcting it.

        • wish in one handism

          Shucks, went into MM, it’s deserted, not even any crickets.

          • Wiz

            Haven’t been over there yet. Been busy with other shit and was over at spooky action at a distance see what I could glean regarding a channel. then came back here and saw 500+ posts so I thought I’d review it.

          • wish in one handism

            500+ posts??? Good grief.
            Just do like Jim Carey, blanket reply, EVERYONE GETS THEIR WISH!

          • Wiz

            Big Blanket LOL I thought there might be some new info on the subject but it turned into a funning contest.
            SO I’m out of here for now. be back in 6. gonna stop in at MM for a few first minutes and maybe post a tune b4 I go.

          • wish in one handism

            Have a great one bro.

        • SoundMind

          Maybe somebody’s confusing Post-It Votes with Post-It Notes because they don’t really stick…. ?

  • JOS1999 🌠 🌠 🌠 🌠 🌠 🌠

    Now my comment numbers are going down also! I had 5,922 five minutes ago and now have 5,913. I have not been banned from a site in months or had a comment removed either!

  • Red47

    Why do they bother to manipulate? Doesn’t DIsqus make money off the data they collect or something? I get that the mods are too often weirdos, but why are they a reflection of Disqus and not just free-wheeling weirdos? Someone downthread said that a DIsqus alternative is being designed. I am looking forward to that.

    I don’t really find the channels to be that great in general. The boorish mods are too stupid to understand what is being said to them and get their knickers in a twist. I leave and the next thing I know, the nasty boogers are inviting me to another conversation. My entire feed fills up with invitations to participate in banging my head against a wall. I stopped notifications. That makes it harder to find places I WANT to go.

    • Wiz

      I canceled notifications too for the same reason. I follow like minded friends, they are always in the thick of it. If you are looking to talk guns you know who to follow, Trump you know who, Cruz (Yuk) LOL and it’s “panties in a bunch” LMAO

    • Cletus B Neckbeard

      Yep

  • !8ball will it snow tonight?
    Edit: Oh well. LOL.

  • Geralt_0f_Rivia

    Very informative.

  • SquirePraggerstope

    Fascinating explanation. Good point about newbies selecting channels like the implausibly censorious News Views as they appear high on the list, getting banned for ‘incorrect doctrine’ and deleting their accounts because they assume either

    1) they’re banned from the entire disq-world, or

    2) all the channels are probably similar to NV and therefore nor worth the effort.

    After all, people who incur the wrath of the NV mods are likely to have healthily libertarian, non-p.c. outlooks, the expression of which would be more than welcome on channels less obsessed with policing thought crime.

    • That was almost exactly my experience when I first started with the channel system back in July of last year. I left for a few months, because I figured Disqus channels was just like Media Mattress or Raw Story.

  • Red47

    Maybe it’s a form of social experimentation or social engineering?
    My thought is that they are trying to find ways to make more money. I have no clue how that would look though.
    Maybe ignorance is bliss.
    I lost an entire 150 votes overnight. Could it be that sites we’ve commented on drop Disqus or ditch comments on an article like Breitbart did? Oh never mind. I just remembered that the comments are still in my comment history.

    • For a few days, they turned on advertising on News Views and Breaking News. You can see the settings in the article above (which are set to false in the channel shown). It takes a few settings to do this, so you can see it wasn’t done accidentally.

      A few days later, ads were turned off. During the time they were on, some of the all stars were probably looking forward to the ad revenue they could get. Maybe one of the SJW moderators was looking forward to quitting his job at the Double Dragon in San Francisco and living off the ad revenue? I really don’t know.

      What I do know, from what I’m told, is that several of the people involved with the larger advertisers created accounts and went to News Views to see their ads and were banned within hours. So Tony pulled the ad program and told everyone it was accidentally implemented in the first place (you see the settings up above. Does it seem likely that the appropriate ad settings were accidentally set for just a few channels?).

      • Red47

        In all seriousness, is Disqus run by a bunch of college kids?

        • I think the original Disqus was more serious about the technology… But the channel people are a completely different group, and not technical at all… I think Vuppe and Forkless represent the level of technological aptitude of people with the Disqus Channel System. And this is not a dig on Vuppe or Forkless… Just that their skills are elsewhere. My point is, yes, the “face of Disqus”, the people that are chosen by the people that run the Disqus Channel System, have a lot of SJW’s in the ranks. And this has to be intentional. And I see that some are extremely petty, vindictive, and insecure, and it shows.

          • Red47

            Immaturity is a hallmark of the SJW, especially emotional immaturity. I won’t say anything negative about the actual Peele at Disqus because I am not qualified. The comments on this post alone say that there is something squirrelly behind the scenes.
            I recall when AB died and Breitbart switched to Disqus, there was a great deal of deliberate pettiness from the mods. We wondered of there was political influence somewhere in there.
            It doses end up being a form of social engineering, though I was being flip when I said that the first time.
            Thanks for the education!

  • Nailed it again.

  • I always have problems deciding when to participate in my own threads. I never know when people want interaction and when they are happy just leaving a comment. As for up/down votes they are just as effective as anything else that requires a little blue pill to make it go up and down properly. Sometime it is effective and sometimes it is an exercise in futility.

  • Starfire

    Thanks for this. I was wondering what was going on. I thought I was losing uppies because a buddy of mine deleted his profile, and then re-avatarized. Apparently there is much more to it than that.

  • Thanks for the info Dr. T, although I’m still confused about it. Tech issues “fly over my head.”

  • my vote count has hit -5000 on some recent days..

    Is this normal?

  • Concerned American

    Any idea when we’ll stop losing upvotes??
    Good lordy… i don’t have a massive amount of upvotes; and I’m missing a few thousand already.
    Make it stop 🙁 bboooooo!

    • Basset_Hound

      I like you, CA. Have one on me.

      • Concerned American

        Thanks Basset 😉

        Likewise.

  • Status Quo

    Fine work sir!

  • Red47

    I came back to update. I had never noticed upvotes going away. However, since reading here and becoming aware of the possibility, I have lost slightly over 700 upvotes.
    As you may guess by my previous insouciance in the matter of knowing my count, I still don’t care. I am however, one of Those People who wants to know how things happen. What changes?
    I had noticed and still do, that my upvotes on others’ comments do not “stick” a lot of the time. It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. (Or maybe something less dramatic.)

    • RB’s

      This guy had 8,000-plus up-votes liquidated in three weeks. And that’s nothing — IIRC, Shep reported he’s lost 50K of them. Infa’s losses are probably similar if not worse.

      Meanwhile, please direct your attention to the rising vote-to-post ratios of the “Gold Stars”participation-trophy recipients. More than a month ago, it was hard to find one with much more than a 1:1 ratio. These days, they all seem to be at or near 2:1, and climbing.

      Let’s hope the twits who run this place aren’t getting wet dreams about sweet IPO paydays to come, because pervasive rot like this has a habit of becoming G-d’s way of saying, “Not. Happening. Any. Time. Soon.”

      • Red47

        How does this benefit? Aren’t the upvotes only vanity?

        • RB’s

          Sure, but there’s more at play than mere self-congratulation. Much more. Identifying those whose scores are declining and those whose scores are simultaneously increasing, on the other hand, is fascinating for its betrayal of the zero-sum thinking which inspired this “great idea.”

          What kind of people do you know who believe that when anyone gains, somebody else always loses? Riiggghhhht…

          • Red47

            Okay. It is important to ego, then? Since I am not invested in the upvote system (it IS nice to know one is not alone, so I do like that part), i will continue not to care about lost votes. To me, if I notice more of a decline, I will smirk at the immaturity of the powers that be. If the designers are continuing to support this, they are also playground bullies. Fortunately, they are not after my lunch money.

          • RB’s

            It is important to ego, then?

            Not necessarily, on this side of the fence. Definitely, on theirs.

            😉

          • Red47

            Yes. That was my intended meaning. The playground bullies don’t want anyone else to be more popular than they. Let ’em have it. When there becomes a choice, Disqus will see the end of me because it is toxic to support this kind of immaturity. I have the feeling I will be losing more thumbs more quickly. I am likely now on another kind of list.

          • RB’s

            Sticking to one’s guns is the best revenge. Resiliency and persistence in the face of opposition are personal strengths most regressives simply cannot fathom.

          • Red47

            They are easily cowed, insist instead of reason, run in groups and subscribe to the hive mentality. Why wouldn’t this “resiliency and persistence in the face of opposition…” be problematic. Pardon me, I have wandered from my safe space and must return forthwith.

          • Red47

            I am thinking of starting to upvote myself. Would they not pitch a hissy fit?

          • RB’s

            Prolly, despite the fact that many of them upvote themselves, double standards being twice as nice ‘n all.

          • !userinfo kandric
            It affects their “reputation” score. For the Awe-Stars, this number is directly related to their self-worth in life.

            To them, anything above 2.9 is good (“high”), anything from 0.8 to 2.9 is normal (“average”),anything from 0.25 through 0.8 is low (“low”), and anything under 0.8 is very low (“seppuku”).

            Theirs is a fascinating existence. Similar to bonobos in their interactions, but considerably more flatulent.

          • Dogs Of War

            Dr. Thomas [ᔕᗰᑎᑕ] (5/3/2016 11:17 PM)!userinfo kandric
            It affects their “reputation” score. For the Awe-Stars, this number is directly related to their self-worth in life.

            To them, anything above 2.9 is good (“high”), anything from 0.8 to 2.9 is normal (“average”),anything from 0.25 through 0.8 is low (“low”), and anything under 0.8 is very low (“seppuku”).

            Theirs is a fascinating existence. Similar to bonobos in their interactions, but considerably more flatulent.

            User @kandric:disqus :
            Rep: 61.183576
            Posts: 74467
            Approved: 69548 ( 93.39 %)
            Flagged: 189 ( 0.25 %)
            Spam: 5 ( 0.01 %)

            Forums With Posts: 195
            Followers: 5908
            Likes – Dislikes: 108112

          • !userinfo infadelicious
            This was 64 before.

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            Dr. Thomas [ᔕᗰᑎᑕ] (5/3/2016 11:29 PM)!userinfo infadelicious
            This was 64 before.

            User @Infadelicious:disqus :
            Rep: 64.3128
            Posts: 63649
            Approved: 60229 ( 94.63 %)
            Flagged: 3251 ( 5.11 %)
            Spam: 20 ( 0.03 %)

            Forums With Posts: 357
            Followers: 225
            Likes – Dislikes: 485679

          • Dr T. Are flags the same as downvotes or a combo of actual DV and flags ?

          • Flags are when someone flags a post for review by a moderator. On some sites, having a lot of flags means the comment will go away.

            Down votes are used by Disqus to offset up votes and assign a point value to a post. So if you post somewhere and it gets 20
            Upvotes and three Down votes, the number of points on that post will be 17.

            It is possible that the number of points on a post can be negative, if it has more down votes than upvotes.

            Flags don’t affect the point value of the post, but are taken into consideration when calculating your rep score.

          • Thank you 🙂

          • Yeah, Obama’s a Communist

            Since reading your article, Doc, I’ve started paying more attention.
            I find I am getting clipped for about a hundred per day. I find it hard to believe that it is the system purging itself. It seems malicious.

            But thank you for the article and your research. I think it bears rereading a few more times.

          • stevemusicmaker

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fd2ad584599cadff5898118ab6d1b39c8a268ecacd82e019e7a98bc06389cb82.gif I stopped posting comments on Wed., May 4th, so I could more accurately determine my up-vote loss.

            Since May 4th, until today, Sat. May 7th, I’ve lost 223 up-votes.

            I contacted Disqus on their job application site (who knows if someone of import will get it) so as to let them know of our displeasure. Disqus makes it hard to reach someone with any authority that you can trust.

            Disqus exemplifies why leftists should never be in charge of anything. Instead of just punishing up-vote bot makers, they punish everyone!

            The monkey is Disqus.
            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fd2ad584599cadff5898118ab6d1b39c8a268ecacd82e019e7a98bc06389cb82.gif
            The other gift is for all my friends! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/49aae7075a65a3b8e8c43ff8beea3a36c8872163a66b74db596263412f6d6568.gif

          • Bruised Orange

            thanks for trying Steve. We need to be the Teflon Gangstas now as no upvotes are sticking.

          • Yeah, Obama’s a Communist

            I see that the problem is widespread. Everyone appears to be experiencing it.

          • RubyMontana

            It is.
            And it’s consistent …. for now.

          • RubyMontana

            Two points on that back door in!
            You just might get an answer from that application.
            🙂

          • Red47

            Lol, Bonobos.
            Anything above a 2.9 is high? I live in Colorado, we measure differently here.

  • 😈Shep Schultz✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Thanks Doc, and congratulations on your ban from Disqus disqus. That only happens to the best and the worst. We know which side you are on.

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  • !USERINFO jwcody

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      Marty P (6/5/2016 2:38 AM)!USERINFO jwcody

      User @jwcody:disqus :
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      Posts: 18605
      Approved: 18447 ( 99.15 %)
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      Forums With Posts: 36
      Followers: 154
      Likes – Dislikes: 477706

  • Status Quo

    Hi Dogs Of war,
    Please square privileges to my re-upped account.
    Got through another channel for ‘Status Quo'(thanks) but was put under !eyeban incorrectly during presumably a glitch. It may have been incorrect addressing causative of the problem but believe it was accessed through my previous deleted account ~ re-upped with different disqus address. Sent Doc T an email to square it also. Re-opened my profile minutes ago from the info provided. Thanks

  • !USERINFO disqus_sRoSd74zZZ

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      Marty P (6/5/2016 6:16 PM)!USERINFO disqus_sRoSd74zZZ

      User @disqus_sRoSd74zZZ:disqus :
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      Approved: 19288 ( 97.94 %)
      Flagged: 356 ( 1.81 %)
      Spam: 2 ( 0.01 %)

      Forums With Posts: 120
      Followers: 116
      Likes – Dislikes: 76131

  • !USERINFO FIREBRED

  • !userinfo youhateme
    Get some info on the troll.

  • To everyone: be on the lookout for a troll named @youhateme:disqus . He claims to be a black conservative and currently has an avatar of a baby with a cigarette and a Trayvon Martini (you can sort of make out the Skittles in the bottom of the glass).

    He just seems to be nothing more than a troll.

    • MC : )

      Several have been popping up lately.

      • The thing is, s/he claims to support “vigorous debate”, but all s/he seems to know how to do is call names and throw tantrums.

        Unless that’s the intellectual max of hir, in which case I don’t want hir around anyway, as hir low IQ will drive away smart people.

        • MC : )

          Seems like they only wish to go off topic and trash a thread.

          • I’m told by some others that he is a bit Mercurial… Still, he went off the rails last night, he was an unknown actor, and his recent history is ambiguous…

          • MC : )

            I’ve been getting some reports that some may not be who we think they are. I’ll e-mail you later.

        • Bruised Orange

          sorry Dr T I know “you hate me”, he is on my follower list, a Veteran and friends with Infadelicous. Many know him on Monday Music. He is on my follow list and a good guy.

          Unless like Infa ….he has an imposter. I don’t want another hoo hah like with Paul and TPR.

          Look through the one on my follow list OK?

          • That – unfortunately is HIM.

            That’s a surprise, since he seems to get along s well with Magister there on Infa’s channel.

          • Bruised Orange

            Did he get a ban or comments deleted from somewhere I cannot see right now.? I am looking and see MM and truth revolt, where was the skirmish. Saw the pope is anti-christ comment. Is that the reason?

          • That I don’t know. But the @ ID lead directly to his profile, and when he’s not on Monday Music, he seems somewhat — testy.

          • Bruised Orange

            ok…I ‘ll check it out.

          • Phoenix, that is the whole purpose of MM, a place where even i can be nice..LOL. We leave the religion and politics out of our site…no bickering…we save that for other sites. You must see my comments off of MM. I am quite ‘testy’ as needed.. 😉

          • And posting that comment to a known Catholic seems like deliberately trying to start a fight.

          • Bruised Orange

            I see it now, on NFE and to Welder, hopefully he will respond.

          • DR. Thomas banned him from NFE. Whatever he said MUST have been pretty bad.

          • Bruised Orange

            yeah I missed the conversation. I cannot explain it other than a curmudgeon type personality, but he is well loved on MM and we have mutual friends. I asked him to be kind, I know sometimes things go crazy when I follow folks that don’t get along. I don’t think he is antiCatholic because he very pro life. Patriotic, conservative. I had a bad day yesterday, maybe it’s his turn. Just thought I’d speak up for him best I could.

          • You can be pro-life and be atheist — I know several — so being pro-life and anti-Catholic are not mutually exclusive.

            Just where he falls, I don’t know. But I think I’ve had a run-in with him a few months back.

          • Bruised Orange

            well I won’t push things any further, you and Dr. T are free to do as you like, as is Welder.
            I always seem to be stuck between posters, a rose between the thorns no doubt, HA!
            I’ll leave it be.

          • Well. I didn’t unload on him (yet). I just asked him what he hoped to gain by king that remark.

          • No, he was banned on NFE for being a jerk to posters there, regulars. And when told to stop, he got belligerent. Then he came over to my channel and posted 3 nasties to me and Dr T. so he’s been banned there. Then he went to Eagle Rising and posted that to be a jerk. I ignored it.

          • And OJ, don’t worry about being caught in the middle of anything. It’s over with as far as I’m concerned. If there’s one thing I’m completely uninterested in, it’s bickering feuds. I’ve just got too many other things I’d rather post on or about.

          • Bruised Orange

            I am sorry WC. It’s like watching the Catholics and Protestants fighting each other all over again on F&R . I wish conservatives would forget their differences and be kinder to one another because there is a greater enemy at the gate. More unites us than divides us.

            Perhaps I should not have said anything , but I like you both very much and I would have defended you the same way. I need to get back to work now., but I’ll stop by on your channel later tonight. I live with a cousin with multiple disabilities and my mother was a midwife. I have a few things I’d like to say. Take care.

          • I’ll check it out – he may have just had a bad day. I trust your judgement. I read some of his backlog and the results were inconclusive.

            How have you been?

          • Bruised Orange

            hello good sir. I am well. I enjoyed a few days off and of coarse, our fan club keeps me busy. HA! Off to work shortly. Hope you have a peaceful day .

          • 😈Pj4🎭🎶

            Yeah, I was just gonna say the same thing Bruised said
            YHM is good peeps
            Oh and Cye

          • I have to jump in here too, Dr. Thomas. YHM is a good guy, I’ve know him from way back over at TR, and have always found him to be an honorable man.

          • Dr T.. i totally vouch for YHM… He is not a troll. He is a good friend of mine and PJ4 and the both of them have for some time been damned good fighters against pro abortion trolls and YHM is relentless in his battles against liberal idiots. You may have misunderstood something he said . He has a wicked sense of humor (like a lot of us) and it may just be a misunderstanding.. Maybe he did have a bad day and if so, who among us has not? He is a Conservative and a veteran and all around good guy.

          • Paul

            Did I have an imposter and I didn’t know it?

          • Bruised Orange

            No Paul I did not mean to imply that. I know that Infa and YHM are good friends and she recently had to change her avatar because of identity theft. I thought that may have happened again.

            I still feel terrible about your incident with TPR and how it all unfolded. There was a clear wrongdoing on TPR’s end and perhaps it still has not been properly resolved.

          • Paul

            That is all behind me.
            I was more surprised than anything.
            How have you been Mr. Orange? I have been working way too much to keep up with my friends.

          • Bruised Orange

            Hello Paul. So good to hear from you today.
            I enjoy your posts very much and have learned a great deal from you and many of your friends. As the newbie, I am still learning when I should just shut up and not play referee.
            Perhaps it is I who should spend more time working and less time on Disqus. HA!
            I am glad we can move forward together in friendship. Cheers.

      • Status Quo

        Howdy ‘MC’ sir. :- }

    • Status Quo

      Disengage or give/pass-on direction?

      • Just BOLO; engage if you want = target of opportunity 😋

        • Status Quo

          five by five… though, no Myrmidon beyond beliefs.
          I remain standalone and resolute, in my faith in those I choose. 😋

    • 😈 OHJonesy

      Unless there is a parody account of “YouHateMe”, I can vouch for him and confirm he is no troll. He is an upstanding conservative and a supporter and member of Buckeye Nation.

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/61ac5c1793444cc7fa20070c3f667a2a99f302d16263268bfe9a4a110fa9170b.jpg

      • Hey ! He’s a great guy , we won’t hold his taste in football teams against him. Wink! Gettin my digs in early

        • 😈 OHJonesy

          ROFL, Hello Infa, great to cyber-see you! I was wondering how long it would take for you to see that, but I knew you would. 🙂 Gotta get the digs in early, it’s already June and the season is only a few months away!! Have a great day, my friend from that School Up North!

          • LOL. Gonna be lots of fun this year – well at least you guys don’t burn couches when you win AND when you lose like some unnamed schools do LOL

    • latinovet

      Dr. Thomas,
      I would like to make a few statements regarding YouHateMe.
      YHM is my Veteran Brother.
      He is an OUTSTANDING Patriot and passionate defender of the babies.
      I respectfully request that he not be referred to as a troll.

      • So far, you’re the fifth person I’ve seen to speak up for “you hate me” . All have said he’s a good guy, honorable, and a good defender of life. All have said he is a veteran. You are all people I trust, all who have spoken up for him.

        Either he or someone using his name behaved shamefully and without honor last night. Having not had prior experience with him, he appeared, to me, like another troll I know of (alinla3). He was asked several times to lay off the attacks, and he didn’t. He then proceeded to attack @welderchick:disqus , following her to her channel and, again, doing no recon or any sort of verification, just attacking. It was clear he rent interested in civility at all. So I looked at his history, and *couldn’t tell* if he was conservative or just liked fighting people. According to the last two weeks of stats from HAL, he is *not* a troll on Truth Revolt.

        If you and others say he’s not a troll, and HAL agrees, I’m inclined to change my mind. I can believe that he was lost in a “fog of war” when he attacked me and Welder. And it appears that he recently has immersed himself in this fog.

        Maybe it’s not normal for him? I don’t know. I will treat him more carefully in the future, and retract referring to him as a troll.

        • latinovet

          Your timely response and consideration are greatly appreciated Dr. Thomas.
          Thank you Sir!

        • latinovet

          Dr. Thomas,
          There is obviously an imposter involved. I checked my Brother’s feed as far back as one week and the noble and honorable YouHateMe made no such posts to either you or the valiant WelderChick.
          Sir, YHM has vanquished many haters and thus has legions of adversaries.
          Clearly one has shamefully portrayed itself as my Brother.
          Thank you for your time Dr. Thomas.

      • 😈Shep Schultz✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        I knew I liked that boy!

    • I think the skittles you saw is actually olives, one of them has a pimento in it. LOL

    • WorldGoneCrazy

      LV is right. Maybe he had a bad night. It happens to the best of us, moi aussi. He is tough, but not a troll, unless someone hijacked his name or something close.

      If it was not too bad, put it on my tab, and I will owe you. Let’s see how it plays out.

      Respectfully Submitted in Full Recognition of Your Superiority,
      WGC (aka, the Most Interesting Pro-Lifer in The World :-))

      • Status Quo

        Bad days ~ bad nights can and do happen from experience, the good ones ;- }

        • WorldGoneCrazy

          Don’t I know it?!?

          • Status Quo

            Evolve well my friend.

      • Basset_Hound

        I’m beginning to think LAN needs a new mod. Just sayin’

        • wish in one handism

          Need moderators for the moderators. Some of them are like cops who park in handicapped, because they can.

    • wish in one handism

      Youhateme is actually a good guy, not a troll, but he doesn’t put up with guff from anyone – my kind of guy.

      • Others have said the same thing. I’m toying with the idea of editing the original post, to clarify that I have more and better information now than I did before, but to me, it seems dishonest to change my post showing that I was actually wrong — if I did that, then all the responses to it wouldn’t make sense later on.

        Maybe I should just put a note under the existing post, with an “edit: ” and then an update?

        As to his “not putting up with guff from anyone” – I’ve seen him turn into quite the loose cannon before, with almost no concern whatsoever to whether he’s attacking friend or foe. He did attack me a few times. His comment history doesn’t show all of his attacks because those attacks were deleted. But because he didn’t add to them (that I’m aware of), and sort of let the matter with me drop, and because others have spoken up for him, I’m inclined to let the matter drop.

        • wish in one handism

          YHM has hit me a couple times too but then it’s a matter of course for some to disagree with each other and/or misread intentions. I got banned from Monday Music twice, once legitimately, the second because of what the mod “thought” i intended.
          When trying to post “short and sweet” instead of long and detailed sometimes things get lost in translation. YHM is a short and sweet poster, has an abrupt sense of humor, but I would definitely want him next to me in a fight or knocking down brews together.

    • Wiz

      I had 1 encounter with YHM and the name fits. We enjoy friendship, humor and music on Monday Music and not insults and confrontations. He was rude and obnoxious.
      Wrong place, wrong time. I refuse to have any further interactions with him.

  • !USERINFO disqus_faBujs7Zc9

    • Dogs Of War

      Marty P (6/6/2016 1:54 PM)!USERINFO disqus_faBujs7Zc9

      User @disqus_faBujs7Zc9:disqus :
      Rep: 2.493155
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      Approved: 831 ( 99.64 %)
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      Forums With Posts: 36
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  • !USERINFO ratamacue76

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      Marty P (6/8/2016 2:15 AM)!USERINFO ratamacue76

      User @ratamacue76:disqus :
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      Forums With Posts: 185
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      • Thanks!

      • !userinfo jewishjeff

        • Dogs Of War

          Deplorable Dr. Thomas [ᔕᗰᑎᑕ] (11/2/2016 9:05 PM)!userinfo jewishjeff

          User @jewishjeff:disqus :
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          Forums With Posts: 30
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        • StanW

          Hey Doc, Guffie is back on Media Matters doxing me.

      • Dogs Of War

        !syncchannels

        • Dogs Of War

          Dogs Of War (11/25/2016 2:27 PM)!syncchannels

          Channel List Synced Successfully.

      • Dogs Of War

        !help

        • Dogs Of War

          Dogs Of War (11/25/2016 2:27 PM)!help

          The following commands are available. Use !HELP followed by a command name for more information about the command. All commands start with an exclamation point. There can be only one command per message. Anything after the first line is ignored.
          8BALL: Magic Eight-Ball Functionality
          ADDFILTER: Adds a comma-separated list of words or patterns to the swear filter.
          ADDOP: Adds a bot operator to a channel and specifies access rights. Note that you may only assign access which you have.
          APPROVE: Approves a post by ID
          AUTOCLOSE: Sets the auto-close duration of the thread.
          BAN: Bans a user permanently and optionally preserves his or her last 30 days’ posts
          BANSPAM: Bans the user that posted the post that this is a reply to permanently and marks the last 30 days’ comments as spam.
          CANCELREFEREE: Cancels “Referee” mode. Resumes normal operation of a thread.
          CHANNEL: Performs various operations with the current Channel.
          CLEARFILTER: Clears all existing words from the swear filter.
          DELFILTER: Removes a comma-separated list of words or patterns from the swear filter.
          DELOP: Removes a bot operator from the channel.
          DELPOST: Deletes a post, optionally by ID
          EMBARGO: Embargoes the current thread until a specified time/date, when it is re-created, and optionally (by default) closes and deletes it.
          FORCEERROR: Forces a simulated error event, to test how the system reacts in an error condition.
          FORUM: Performs various operations with the current Forum.
          HELP: Shows this help. With an argument, shows help for the specified command.
          LASTSEEN: Returns the date, time, and location when a user was last seen in this channel.
          LISTOPS: Lists bot operators within the forum or channel.
          LISTSUSPENDED: Lists all suspended users in the current channel or forum.
          REFEREE: Moves the thread into “Referee” mode. Until this is cancelled, all posts by people other than the named users will go to the moderation queue.
          RSS: Performs various operations with RSS Feeds.
          SETOP: Modifies a bot operator’s access rights. Note that you may only assign or remove access which you have.
          SPAM: Marks a post as SPAM, optionally by ID
          SUSPEND: Suspends a user temporarily for a fixed period of time.
          SYNCCHANNELS: Synchronizes channels – the channels and forums the boterator moderates.
          SYNCMODS: Synchronizes operators for the channel bot against the moderators of the channel. Does not remove operators.
          SYNCSUSPEND: Synchronizes users suspended from the moderator panel.
          THREAD: Performs various operations with threads.
          TROLL: Bans the user that posted the post that this is a reply to permanently and removes the last 30 days’ comments.
          UNBAN: Reinstates a user from a ban without whitelisting them.
          USERINFO: Returns information about a user which is available to moderators, but might not easily be seen by a user.
          VER: Returns the version information for the channel bot.
          WHITELISTADD: Whitelists a user with an optional reason.
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  • !USERINFO disqus_yzhf5xJa9n

    • Dogs Of War

      Marty P (6/8/2016 1:44 PM)!USERINFO disqus_yzhf5xJa9n

      User @disqus_yzhf5xJa9n:disqus :
      Rep: 3.624642
      Posts: 3047
      Approved: 2985 ( 97.97 %)
      Flagged: 35 ( 1.15 %)
      Spam: 41 ( 1.35 %)

      Forums With Posts: 54
      Followers: 30
      Likes – Dislikes: 24045

      • Thanks!

        • WMD

          Thanks Marty. Appreciate it.

          I wanted to reply to your response to me but it’s locked already.

          Couple of questions though.

          Can you find out who down votes you?

          What’s the deal with the “spam” classification? Some people mark some of my comments as “spam”?

          What’s with the “approved” and the number of comments I’ve posted?

          As far as I know I’ve never been banned anywhere and I don’t recall any of my posts not posting.

          And what does the “Rep” number mean?

          Thanks again.

          • When Disqus® got rid of the viewable downvotes, it also eliminated our ability to see who was downvoting. You can still see if you have a downvote if you right click on the down arrow and select “inspect element”, it just gives you a count, not who did it. When a comment goes into moderation and is deleted, it will usually show up in your feed as “Marked as Spam”. I guess that’s just the catch-all that they use. The approved number are the posts that stood (didn’t get deleted). Now, the Rep number is a magical combination of all those numbers combined. Moderators can see, for the most part, a “low”. “medium” or “high” reputation score in their Moderator Console. The higher the number, the better your Rep score should be. I’m finding that the average poster is usually between 1 and 5. I suppose it helps them to make a determination on what type of poster you/we are, especially if you’ve gotten flagged. At the end of the day, all that and 5 bucks might get you a cup of coffee. If a person posts something good, people usually recognize that and respond accordingly. 🙂

          • WMD

            That’s pretty much what I assumed. Except for the “Rep” it all makes sense.
            And I can pretty much guess who I get down votes from. It’s kind of ironic because I very rarely down vote anyone. Something has to be really egregious for that.
            Thanks Brother Marty, I appreciate it very much.

          • You’re welcome my brother.

  • This is showing up correctly. (see other posts today.)

  • am i censored?