Moderation Overhaul Phase 2: Punishment Tier Changes

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SBAllen
3 months ago#1
Today we're making some large changes to the moderation punishment tier system as well as the punishments given out for particular offenses.

To start, we are removing the Notify punishment, commonly called the 3KL or 3 Karma Loss moderation. When moderation on the site originally began, the user wasn't clearly notified if they received a non-karma loss deletion, so having a step between that and a Warning made sense. This is no longer the case as a user is informed of all deletions.

To replace this, we are introducing the Notify Without Delete (NWD) punishment. This will become the new ground floor moderation, with the No Karma Loss moderation taking the place of the 3KL punishment, followed by a Warning then Suspension.

The way that NWD will work is that for minor offenses where a user technically violated a rule but their post wasn't particularly heinous, we will allow the post to remain but notify the user that their post was against the rules so that they know in the future not to post something similar again. If we notify the user a few times and their behavior doesn't change, we'll ramp up the punishment to deletions, then Warnings, and so on.

For many lower level moderations, the moderation is used almost more as a teaching aid than as a means of removing the content from the site because it's egregious in nature. Usually the user was simply unaware of the rule. With NWD, we can still educate the user without punishing them.

Along with this change, we'll be changing the way that some of the rules are enforced. In most cases, this will result in a punishment that is less severe than it would've been before (unless it's something that would have merited a Warning before as Warnings and up haven't changed). A few rules will change more than others:

* Flaming will no longer be defined by how "bad" the flame is. If you are name calling, you will be moderated for flaming if reported (unless it's very clearly in jest). "Light flames" will no longer be a thing. No name calling, period. We will generally start with NWD on flames unless you're using seriously offensive flames in which case you'll probably be moderated for Offensive instead anyway.

* We will be aiming to be more lenient about what constitutes as Off-Topic on a gaming board, opting more for NWD warnings as long as the topic seems to be in the spirit of the board. We are still considering the option of adding topic flairs in the future to remove this moderation type completely.

* We will be less strict about the mere mention of things that might be considered illegal (emulation, games with broken street dates) as long as the conversations are kept at a high level and specifics aren't discussed.
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User Info: SBAllen

SBAllen
3 months ago#2
A few changes since this update went live:

* If the first post in a topic is given an NWD, the topic is automatically closed.

* If a post receives an NWD, the post can no longer be edited.

* If a post receives an NWD, the post cannot be reported to the moderation staff again.

* If a post receives an NWD, the user is able to self-delete the post.
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