Moderation Policy: Proposed Changes

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Since the "suggestion box" threads have died down, I am posting this thread to propose certain changes to moderation policy. I would like feedback on these proposed changes, and to know what the community thinks of these changes. I understand there is a desire for moderation to change how it moderates, and Virt and I are committed to working towards reflecting community values to the greatest possible extent. I believe these proposals are a start, but certainly not a finish, regarding that endeavor. Some of these proposals would require technical changes, and all would require Mike's final approval. Please review the proposals and offer your questions, comments, and thoughts.

1. No longer post vote remove notices on FF, troll, or conceded debates
2. Whenever a vote is borderline, default to considering it sufficient (currently implemented)
3. Whenever a vote is removed, explain--briefly--how the voter could improve (currently implemented)
4. No longer post detailed analysis in notices on non-removed votes
5. Allow only debaters and voters to report votes on debates (this may require non-anonymous reporting)
6. Reinstate anonymous reporting
7. Allow users to summarily post the contents of mod PMs so long as no non-public information about other users (other = not the sender or receiver of the PM) is revealed by the revelation.
8. Lock objectionable or COC-violating threads instead of deleting them, unless leaving them up would severely breach a user's privacy or safety rights
9. Allow mods to disclose the reasons for a ban, via PM, upon request by a user
10. Cap the number of vote reports that a user can make per day at 10
11. No longer prohibit the use of slurs so long as those slurs are not intended to render insult to the subject of the comment
12. Make all significant changes in mod policy subject to a mandatory 2-day public comment period

Again, please feel free to comment and offer your thoughts. I will be posting a discussion on other mod topics (like voting) this upcoming weekend. This thread will be open for feedback for a few days, until interest in this thread dies down.


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1. No longer post vote remove notices on FF, troll, or conceded debates
Agree

2. Whenever a vote is borderline, default to considering it sufficient (currently implemented)
I think you missed the obvious intention of this. Virtuouso suggested this. Being a mod and not an idiot we can discount the possibility that he was suggesting, as a change, something that is currently implemented. Clearly he meant votes that are borderline that would be removed by the current obnoxious voting standards instead be default to being considered sufficient.

4. No longer post detailed analyzes in notices on non-removed votes 
Agree

5. Allow only debaters and voters to report votes on debates (this requires non-anonymous reporting)
Disagree

6. Reinstate anonymous reporting
Agree. This should be #1 priority.

7. Allow users to summarily post the contents of mod PMs so long as no non-public information about other users (other = not the sender or receiver of the PM) is revealed by the revelation.
Agree.

8. Locking objectionable or COC-violating threads instead of deleting them, unless leaving them up would severely breach a user's privacy or safety rights
Ambivalent.

9. Allow mods to disclose the reasons for a ban, via PM, upon request by a user
Ambivalent.

10. Cap the number of vote reports that a user can make per day at 10
Agree

11. No longer prohibit the use of slurs so long as those slurs are not intended to render insult to the subject of the comment
Ambivalent

12. Make all significant changes in mod policy subject to a 2-day public commentary period
YA THINK
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@Drafterman

I think you missed the obvious intention of this. Virtuouso suggested this. Being a mod and not an idiot we can discount the possibility that he was suggesting, as a change, something that is currently implemented.
In fact, I suggested it, but this is being posted here for comment to allow users to object to it if they want. Obviously, it's already implemented, but I still want community feedback on whether it should continue to be in place.


Thanks for your comments on the other suggestions.
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Do you agree with all of the proposed changes?
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Pardon me -- yes, I agree. Though I'm still holding out for draft's argument against #5.

Concerning #11 -- I'm all for it, but intentions are tricky to police. What are your thoughts on that?
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Basically it effectively removes anonymity and can be abused by a malicious debater. If any vote is removed, everyone will know who did it and I think that'd create undo pressure. Credit really goes to Wylted for this line of reasoning.
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11. No longer prohibit the use of slurs so long as those slurs are not intended to render insult to the subject of the comment
MY NIGGAAAA

I appreciate that you're seriously considering this. Makes me regret declaring that you'd never change.

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Lol

(though seriously...just call me bsh).
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That's a good point. You'd have a short list of suspects who may have made the report. Common knowledge of the personalities on that list could let you narrow it down even further.

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I agree with drafterman on disagreeing with 5 for totally different reasons.
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I am completely against #6 for the same reason that I differ to drafterman on why I disagree with 5.
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It should all revolve around credibility and built rep. Idgaf what a narcissistic fool you think me to be, statistically if you know behind the scenes how accurate my reporting is and how high volume it is in spite of that you'd know I live up to my standard here:

higher repped reporters should have their reports considered first, etc. Reputation for RM is currently shit-tier socially and that's irrelevant to this kind of rep I speak of.
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In fact my stance on almost all of these can be explained by my mentality in the above post.
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Why not just mod appropriately to begin with instead of waiting until you start a shit storm? I think virtuous would have just avoided the shit storm to start with and done things appropriately.
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I don't agree to Wylted on this, this is very good of you bsh1; a step in the right direction. Keep making threads like this.
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very nice. 
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Does that mean you agree with all 12 points?
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I believe everyone agrees with #1 just so you know.
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1. No longer post vote remove notices on FF, troll, or conceded debates
Agree.

2. Whenever a vote is borderline, default to considering it sufficient (currently implemented)
Agree. Though "borderline" is vague. How also about if another mod disagrees, default to considering it sufficient?

3. Whenever a vote is removed, explain--briefly--how the voter could improve (currently implemented)
Agree.

4. No longer post detailed analysis in notices on non-removed votes
Agree.

5. Allow only debaters and voters to report votes on debates (this may require non-anonymous reporting)
Agree. This would stop the people with agendas from mass reporting votes to a mod known to be partial to progressive positions.

6. Reinstate anonymous reporting
Disagree. Why does it need to be anonymous?

7. Allow users to summarily post the contents of mod PMs so long as no non-public information about other users (other = not the sender or receiver of the PM) is revealed by the revelation.
Agree.

8. Lock objectionable or COC-violating threads instead of deleting them, unless leaving them up would severely breach a user's privacy or safety rights
Not sure. Leaving them up would only make threads about COC-violating threads more tempting to trolls looking for quick drama.

9. Allow mods to disclose the reasons for a ban, via PM, upon request by a user
Disagree. This creates unnecessary work for the mods. Why a member is banned is no one's business anyway.

10. Cap the number of vote reports that a user can make per day at 10.
Agree, but maybe 10 is too high.

11. No longer prohibit the use of slurs so long as those slurs are not intended to render insult to the subject of the comment
Agreed. Hate directed to whole groups excepted.

12. Make all significant changes in mod policy subject to a mandatory 2-day public comment period
Agreed.
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I am completely against 5 and 6 and am willing to have an official debate with you about it in a formal manner if you want.
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Does that mean you agree with all 12 points?
#5 is the only one I could anticipate issues with. If nobody is voting on a debate, and the one vote present is a violation of the CoC it's guaranteed protection from the community at large. Not all users may be willing to use report features even when they know another user ought to be reported, so perhaps putting the onus of reporting on the debater essentially may not bring about a net benefit.

There's also the issue of newb debaters not knowing that they've just been vote bombed and being led to believe that it's a normal way of voting. 

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and much more such as humble debaters who don't like the stigma of reporting their own debate's votes and debaters who know it will be obvious they reported a vote FOR them resulting in beef with the voter in future etc
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