Over here, a question was posed by Belle42:
Is it possible on Vine 2.0 to include both "vote up" and "vote down" options? I've seen on other news-based sites with commenting and voting options that they have both a thumbs up and thumbs down option for voting. This might be beneficial to Newsvine so people can vote down comments they don't like rather than collapsing them.
A short discussion was had regarding voting down vs. reporting (and hence collapsing), in which Chasing made the following suggestion:
I would prefer a split system - upvote/downvote, and report, as two distinct things. We'd each get a daily allotment of votes, and each upvote would cost one, and each downvote would cost two. Downvoting would not cause a collapse. Separately, there would be a COH violation report button, with a drop down that included a list of common violations to choose from, with perhaps also an 'other' with space to write in a description of the problem, and an admonishment that a pattern of faulty reporting will lead to that option (reporting) being greyed out/blocked for that user, and perhaps an "Are you sure?" question before sending it off. Reporting, unlike downvoting, would cause collapse.
Which I like very much.
I don't get too worked up over collapsed comments. I don't believe there is an organized gang or two of serial collapsers running rampant on the Vine. I think there's just lots of people who find the same things to be inflammatory, of no value, or advertising (which is kind of a 'duh' and we'll just leave that out of this equation).
If you have a comment of yours collapsed, you're free to contact admin and ask that it be restored. You will want to have some reasons why you don't believe it should have been collapsed. Often, comments are un-collapsed by Tyler/Sally. You may think they should un-collapse more often.
What, pray tell, is the solution to this problem?
My first instinct is to say: Get over it. Shrug. You got collapsed. Move on.
But, what if there were a better way? My response to Belle42 was that it's likely we'd just end up with people complaining about mass-down-voting. Maybe what we really want is a way to not have to listen to anybody complain about collapsing anymore (that'd be nice).
Please participate in the poll to your right, and discuss below. And if you have a better idea, by all means, share it!
FYI, this is specifically addressing COMMENTS, not articles or seeds being "collapsed." Just COMMENTS. Thanks.