Excuse the hypocrisy here since I was one of the top 3 in the first leaderboard and I appreciate the prize that I received (which I’ll be making a separate post about) but I know from experience that the leaderboard was a prominent cause of toxicity which was one of the reasons for the pause on downvotes recently.
Since then, a number of improvements seem to have been made to minimize the toxicity:
- Comments automatically gives the post an upvote by default (once per unique user commenting on the thread) 👍
- New monitoring functionality for the admins to detect problem users (details of which are unknown) 👍
- Reintroduction of downvotes 👍
I think these are great steps to encourage better quality participation but do you feel these changes are sufficient in addressing how the leaderboard impacts content creation?