Active forums are often targets for senseless posts from bad users or commercial spam. Traditionally, a user has to file a Spam Report or Alert and then, a forum moderator has to deal with it. If the moderator does not keep up with the spammers, users will complain or just leave. Additionally, users may disagree on issues and conflicts may escalate into name-calling and flame wars. In the worst case, the vendettas stalk one another to rekindle spats. This degrades the forum quality and drives away users. Again, a moderator will have to step in to moderate the dispute. But as soon as he attempts to fix the problem, one group or another won't like it. A moderator is likely to get some heat whether he chooses to moderate or not.
Nabble uses ratings to solve this problem. Users that act poorly and attempt to engage in flame wars will be rated lowly by fellow members and their posts will automatically get filtered out. Eventually, these users will either learn to behave so their voices will be heard or they will leave because they won't get the negative attention that they seek. Likewise, the cream will rise to the top and users will be encouraged to act respectfully and to post interesting, humorous and generally more useful content so as to garner higher ratings and a more respected position in the community. This way the forum moderates by itself.
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