Thanks to you for sparking this discussion. Here are my thoughts, in semi-digested bullet form. :-)
- We're talking about how to handle nodes which are deemed by consensus to be "bad", content-wise.
- The concern is primarily about "protecting" newbs from that content.
- Actually modifying (e.g. redacting) node contents, like is done with reaped nodes, is not a good idea.
- The solution, whatever it is, should be targeted primarily, if not solely, at Anonymous Monk, because that affects how the site's contents get indexed by search engines, as well as what casual visitors see.
- The consensus should be determined by the node's actual rep, compared against some threshold. I'd propose that that threshold be a simple hard-coded number like -10.
- Such nodes could be "hidden" in some way. The model I think is close is the one we use for hiding nodes "below your chosen depth" in comment threads. (The "Replies text depth" in User Settings.)
- A human user, including Anonymous Monk, should be able to reveal the node by clicking a button/link. The way we do this should thwart robots from doing the same.
- Logged-in users should be able to use CSS to implement their solution of choice.
I reckon we are the only monastery ever to have a dungeon stuffed with 16,