I think Prismo should do away with subprismos and use moderated tags instead, where admins can set special rules for a particular tag (e.g. #avengers and #nospoilers) and assign that tag to a mod team.
My main reasons:
- There is a lot of overlap between the two concepts. I think having just one way to categorize posts thematically will make things simpler in the long run.
- With subprismos you have to choose which community you want to talk to, and that splits the conversation.
- The existence of subprismos can create indecision; if a user wants to create a post discussing a videogame-based movie, should she use the !videogames sub or the !movies one?
- The existence of subprismos can cause people to create subs mimicking popular subreddits, even if they aren’t really interested in the topic, just to become mods and have power over a popular sub.
Here’s a couple mockups:
When a user creates a story, she can give it as many tags as she wants. Moderated tags appear colored and there’s an indication that there are some additional guidelines, and that she should follow those or remove the tag.
If she doesn’t follow the tag guidelines but still uses the tag, other users can report the story. Tag mods can remove the tag, and they can ban that user from using it in case of abuse.
If the story respects the tag guidelines, other users’ comments also have to follow those guidelines; if a comment doesn’t follow them, it can be reported and have the tag removed, which hides that comment (and the whole branch it originates) from view.
Then, users who open the story see a list of the moderated tags, and a disclaimer that some comments
were hidden because they don’t meet their guidelines. Users can then remove specific tags in order to show those hidden comments, or also if they want to write a comment that will go against those tags.
That way a user can visit a #nospoilers story and write a spoiler, but in a way that users won’t see it unless they don’t mind spoilers, and mods won’t have any extra work.
I think this approach has a number of advantages:
- Navigation is simpler, because there is only one way to categorize posts by topic. Not two.
- It makes more people join the conversation, because it’s not scattered across separate silos.
- It makes it easier to create a story, because the user doesn’t need to decide where to do it. If he wants to create a post about a movie based on a videogame, he doesn’t need to choose one sub over the other; he can simply choose both tags.
- Related to number 3, it makes it easier to find the stuff you want to find. If you want to keep up to date about your favorite show, but don’t want it spoiled, you can simply find where #gameofthrones and #nospoilers intersect.