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Should we change the score required for the Curate trust level, and if so, to what?

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We have some really interesting comments on this answer about the current functionality of the Curate privilege that we wanted to break out into a separate discussion.

Currently, all of our user abilities are calculated using a modified wilson scoring system. The Curate is a way for highly active and dedicated users to perform some basic moderation actions. We felt like it should be reserved for users with a high level of positive interactions, so it has a high default barrier for entry as described below:

To earn this ability, you need to have at least a 90% positive reception rate for your posts, with a hard minimum of 16 positively-received posts. You also need at least a 99% helpful rate for flags you have raised, with a hard minimum of 196 helpful flags. (These numbers may vary from site to site.)

196 helpful flags with a 99% helpful ratio! That's tough to achieve, especially with many communities' low activity rates. Additionally, many new communities are still defining what is on-topic, and we don't want to discourage flags for potentially off-topic posts. Some of the other abilities suffer from the same issue of being difficult to earn, e.g. edit tags requires 76 approved edits.

We'd like to make it easier for community members to gain these abilities (they're useless if no one has them) while preserving a high confidence in the quality of inputs. We can reduce the % positive and thus the number of flags or other positive interactions required, or we could implement an entirely different way to earn abilities if we think something else would work better than the modified wilson score.

Please discuss - we'd really appreciate the community's suggestions to tackle this problem.

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In addition to what's said at https://meta.codidact.com/abilities/flag_curate I think this privilege would also give the ability to promote posts? So maybe that page should be updated? Lundin‭ 7 days ago

Yes, that's how the internal promotion currently works... with the effect that moderators and admins promote posts. Sigma‭ 6 days ago

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At this early stage I think you'll simply have to give out the privilege manually to users per community, similar as to how we've gotten temporary moderators in place. Given that they are active users and interested in acting as "curators"/"moderator lite". Most communities have been around long enough to tell who's active at this point.

Also, if we trust a user with curate (or moderator) privileges in one community, there's no reason that they couldn't get the same privileges on other communities where they are also active. So maybe poke around while handing it out: "are there other communities you could do this for as well"?

It's going to be impossible to hand this out automatically based on participation, since roughly half of our communities are doing OK but the other half are essentially "ghost towns". On the other hand, the "ghost towns" might not need any "curators" yet? We could start with the more active ones and see how it plays out there.

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I agree. As a moderator one one of our sites, I know who has participated and can be trusted with Curate and other privileges. I'd be happy to give them out when deemed appropriate if there was a mechanism to do that. Olin Lathrop‭ 7 days ago

This seems like a decent proposal. I would worry later about the potential for perceived favoritism from moderators, but maybe we handle that on a case-by-case basis when it appears. Sigma‭ 6 days ago

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