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Approval Nodelet for Own Nodes?

by Masem (Monsignor)
on Jun 26, 2001 at 18:54 UTC ( #91611=monkdiscuss: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

After posting something recently, I noticed that after stubmit, I had the approval nodelet available for my node; given that we still only need one person to frontpage a node, it seems that there's a potental abuse there ("I'm going to frontpage all of my own nodes! HaHa!"). Mind you, since you need to be level 6 to get that, it's doubtful you'll find someone trolling with it; certainly any small abuses can be dealt with by editors, but the point is to prevent it from happening in the first place. It's basically a simple logic; if you own the displayed node, no approval nodelet for you! But again, for something that I don't expect to be abused , that might be considered as extra work for our already-overloaded fearless leader.


Dr. Michael K. Neylon - mneylon-pm@masemware.com || "You've left the lens cap of your mind on again, Pinky" - The Brain

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Re: Approval Nodelet for Own Nodes?
by chromatic (Archbishop) on Jun 26, 2001 at 21:20 UTC
    It's probably a one line fix in the nodelet code:

    return if ($USER->{node_id} == $NODE->{author_user});

    This has come up before among the janitors. It seems like the rough consensus was that it's not wrong to approve your own node for the frontpage, but it's usually a little gauche. Then again, I don't speak for the rest of the janitors, and we don't seem to generate a large amount of SoPW questions either. :)

      Back in the days of MUDs, talkers, and BBSes, it was pretty common for someone to become a room moderator, builder, sysop, or some other sort of admin who later became upset with the admin staff as a whole or a senior admin and left... erm, 'in a blaze of glory'. This was even from people who posed no problems as normal users.

      I would guess that this is thought unlikely to happen here, and that may be true. I do think, though, it's worth serious consideration, because one or two mean-spirited nodes on the front page can do serious harm to a first impression when a new user visits a site -- or if someone is doing a review for a magazine or such.

      This is just my $0.02 US, but it's coming from a decade of experience with dial-up and Internet-accessible message systems as a user and often as an administrator.

      Chris
(Guildenstern) Re: Approval Nodelet for Own Nodes?
by Guildenstern (Deacon) on Jun 27, 2001 at 18:27 UTC
    I've noticed this before as well. I also must admit that I thought it would be interesting to see if I could OK and frontpage my node. After selecting both options and submitting the form, nothing happened. I think there must be code somewhere that prevents you from OKing or frontpaging your own nodes, but the code is missing that updates the approval nodelet.

    Guildenstern
    Negaterd character class uber alles!

      Try again and then click your browser's "Back" and then "Refresh" buttons. The behavior you describe happens when you approve any node, not just your own. It is just that the approval nodelet isn't initially updated after you submit.

      You can certainly approve and frontpage your own nodes.

              - tye (but my friends call me "Tye")

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