The Clutter Is Forming: We Need A Moderator

February 17, 2007

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Approximately 48 hours into its life, and Ideastorm is filling up with repetition and senseless comments. Since moderation cannot be exercised by the participants a moderator a la Dell Employee must put up her hand. Or his hand. We aren't picky!

One: Repeating the same ideas from earlier posts is a pain to the reader and a waste of space and time. These should be removed.

Two: Suggestions which are without applicability to the issues at hand should be removed: one post states that "Dell should set up Dell Pay to compete with Paypal." Sigh. Why?

For what unique purpose? Dell's business is not online payments, in the same way Apple's is not selling music (they sell music at a loss to sell iPods at a gain). There is no benefit to Dell and it meets no need.

Since this format is experimental and fully funded by Dell, I encourage Dell to cut the wheat from the chafe and remove as much as they see fit. For all of the "I have rights" and "freedom of speech" advocates, you don't. This is a place where the good keep going and the bad go out.

The less posts the better. It provides Dell what they want: the opportunity to test strong ideas properly. Without the removal of clutter, the good ideas will by dint of the time they are posted (e.g. 3am) and the increasing volume of posts, inevitably suffer at times the forest's size despite the grandeur of the tree in question.

I may be going against the grain of popular opinion, but you add your vote to this post if you believe in the goal of this site, and not the freedom it offers to utter the first inane thing which comes to mind.
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  • Feb 19, 2009     Comment Link

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    i can't take seriously any comment by a person so confused in grammar and syntax

    "The less posts the better. It provides Dell what they want: the opportunity to test strong ideas properly. Without the removal of clutter, the good ideas will by dint of the time they are posted (e.g. 3am) and the increasing volume of posts, inevitably suffer at times the forest's size despite the grandeur of the tree in question."



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  • Jul 25, 2007     Comment Link

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    OK, I see some implementation - wondering what it will be like in 6 months w/o cleaning up and consolidating ideas.
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  • Jul 25, 2007     Comment Link

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    If you have looked at Direct2Dell, you know Dell IS following-up on input from this site. To me it is clear that Dell IS using what it finds here. It should also be clear to any of us that there's significant 'chaff' they will likely simply ignore. Although it IS clutter, we really can just ignore it. My recommendation: if any of us feels that we can participate usefully and constructively, we should do so. Otherwise, maybe we should just remain silent. The site has _already_ quieted down considerably from the beginning. And, I'm sure Dell is busy with many OTHER sources than this web site.
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  • Jul 25, 2007     Comment Link

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    If they really want ideas, it would be good to clear up and consolidate common ideas. I hope they are not just doing it as a marketing activity because everyone else has a customer forum site.
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  • Jul 25, 2007     Comment Link

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    Yes, and Dell doesn't seem to be monitoring that closely. It would seem that there are many obvious candidates for 'consolidation' ...
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  • Jul 25, 2007     Comment Link

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    What this is same idea I have seen more than once on this forum, so it is just adding to the clutter
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  • Jul 25, 2007     Comment Link

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    The problem there is that the 'popular ideas' continue to garner attention ... AND _new_ votes. Although it can get a bit dull, you have the 'Recent ideas' and 'comments' tabs you can reference for current activity.
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  • Jul 25, 2007     Comment Link

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    Clear up the old ideas or the ideas that you have already implimented because every time i visit this site, the ideas on the Popular ideas tab are the same.
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  • Jul 25, 2007     Comment Link

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    @DUPLICATEOF 61996
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  • Jul 25, 2007     Comment Link

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    If you are interested in helping clear the clutter from IdeaStorm, visit this idea: 67110: An open community solution to categorization.

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