Reposts and general rules on downvoting reposts - [discussion]
I realized today that there are a number of different perspectives on how the "repost" down vote reason should be used. I feel that the best thing to do is to take a moment and think about how we should define a repost, as well as how other functionality focuses on limiting these reposts in the future.
Here is my thinking:
We definitely don't want to see the front page with 7 breaking news articles covering the same exact event, it would be a waste of space and not the best use of the functionality that we have at hand. If there are multiple breaking stories we can expect the front page to be absolutely flooded with similar content that is not much use to anyone. Also, this can get a lot worse as we grow!
It's also difficult to just have one source article/snap that everyone is aware of and then expect all additional content to be submitted under that snap using the related link function.
In my opinion a repost is a piece of content with the same url source or copy pasta text from a different source. If there is another link to the same story but is vastly different, than I wouldn't consider it a repost. And there in lies the problem, because content that is technically not a repost is still content that can flood the front page and make it a nightmare to surf.
Either way, this is a problem that will only get worse as we grow as a community, so we need to discuss this topic, weigh our options, and come up with a good solution. Here are a few things that may help to alleviate the problem to some degree. Lets remember, that other social aggregators have a significant problem with reposts, so if we can lower them by 75-80% we have effectively succeeded.
Snap Mirroring will allow tribe chiefs / mods to add snaps that have been published into their tribes
An ability for someone that has received a number of repost downvotes to merge their snap with the originally posted snap. This function would convert the snap into a related link, and take all comments already posted and move them into the other snap. This would be a complex concept, and we would need to figure out how to make this as painless as possible when it comes to the actual merging process.
A function allowing a user with a repost to instead remove their snap from the front page, but let it stay in the individual tribes it was posted in. We can sort out a way to mark a snap that has been marked in this way. Lets just remember, the more complex it gets, the more confusing it will be. I think the best solutions are the simplest ones that people can easily grasp.
Ok, lets discuss and we can move towards a solution. Also, note that these are not solutions, they are talking points that we should be discussing. The goal is to get as much feedback as possible so that moving towards a solution will be easier.