MEEPs (Moderation Engagement and Enactment Processes) are official comment periods where moderation proposes and solicits feedback on various potential moderation policies. MEEPs allow moderation to pose questions about moderation policy to the site usership and empower the site usership to either ratify or reject moderation's proposals. In order for a moderation proposal to be ratified, at least 10 users must have expressed a preference on the policy in question, and more than a majority of those expressing a preference must be in agreement. That means, in a MEEP with 10 voters, the minimum threshold for a binding result is 7-3; similarly, in a MEEP with 19 voters, the minimum threshold for a binding result is 11-8. This ensures that the outcome of the process reflects the consensus of a significant number of site users. If a MEEP result is not binding/valid, moderation will maintain the pre-MEEP status quo, whatever that happens to be. Your account must be more than 24 hours old at the time you vote in order to vote, and you must not be a banned user.
This MEEP will be open for user votes until 9:45pm, EST, on 7/27/19. This voting period may be extended by up to twelve hours if there are fewer than 10 votes on any of the specific questions put to the usership. Any extension will apply to all questions. Votes cast after the deadline will not be considered.
Below is an enumerated list of the content to be voted on. A brief explanation of each question is included as well. Please vote "yes" or "no" to each of these questions.
1. Should anti-doxxing protections be extended to nonusers whose identity is not already publicly known?
Voting "yes" to this question will alter the content of the Code of Conduct. The current version reads: "Doxxing is posting in public or in private any real-life or personally identifying information about another site user against that site user's will and without that site user's explicit consent." The altered version would read: "Doxxing is posting in public or in private any real-life or personally identifying information about an otherwise anonymous person against that person's will and without that person's explicit consent." A "no" vote would retain the current wording of the Code of Conduct, though information doxxing non-DARTers might still be removed if it is deemed by moderation to be life-threatening.
2. Should "for spam" threads be prohibited?
"For spam" threads are threads which are made for users to spam post in (e.g. "yeet," "record attempt at most posts," "race to 127 posts"). Voting "yes" to this question will cause these threads to be treated as spam themselves, and deleted. It will not result in the deletion of existing "for spam" threads, but will cause them to be locked. A "no" vote would continue to allow these posts to exist and to be posted in (as long as they are in the miscellaneous forum).
3. Should accepted spam debates be prohibited?
For the purposes of this question, "spam debate" refers not only to obvious spam (e.g. "best online guru love matchmaker [phone number]"), but also to debates created by banned users via multi-accounts. Voting "yes" to this question would allow spam debates to be deleted even if those debates have been accepted. As the creation of those debates was prohibited, that they are accepted should not change their illicit nature. A "no" vote would allow spam debates to be accepted and to count towards the leaderboard.
4. Should there be a public ban log primarily for permanently-banned users and with some information on temporarily-banned users?
Voting "yes" to this question would allow the creation of a public ban log (in the miscellaneous forum). This ban log would contain a list of perma-banned users with a brief description of the reason for their ban. It would also include information on the length of the ban for temporarily-banned users, but would not include the reason(s) for those users' bans. Accounts banned for commercial advertising, and which have generated no other content, would not be included in the ban log. Already banned accounts would also not be included in the ban log. A "no" vote would prevent the creation of a public ban log.
You may now begin voting. Thank you for your participation in this MEEP process!