I'm going to start temporarily banning people for reposting highly reposted content on the subreddit. It's super annoying and no one likes when a subreddit gets spammed with the same posts back to back for weeks.
Also hope y'all are having a good day :p
Anyone familiar with this subreddit knows that while most of the time this is a great please to watch and discuss some crazy fucking videos, there’s the far-too-common exception where racists and bigots flock to the comments to spread their hate. Posts that involve violence, looting, and serious crime account for an overwhelming amount of our moderation efforts, despite making up just a fraction of what what makes this sub so fucking crazy. It’s not uncommon to ban over 100 racists when locking and removing a post that’s a lightning rod for those hateful bigots. That disparity in our attention isn’t fair to the majority of users in the community who just ignore those posts. Banning isn’t enough to meaningfully change this. We’ve recently taken on new mods, and in the past 3 months have banned 4797 users (averaging 53 a day), and it feels like we’re still at square one.
We need a change. We need to ensure we’re providing a space where everyone feels welcome to participate. To that end we are doing two things.
First: starting today we won’t accept posts that involve violence, looting, and serious crime
In 30 days we’ll come back to you, and ask for your feedback again before considering any next steps. There are countless other communities on reddit that allow posts on these topics, some even focused on them. We feel confident no one is going to miss these same videos hosted on one fewer subreddit for a month. Please help us in reporting these posts if you see them, which brings us to the second point:
We’re asking for your help reporting any hate you see!
While we make extensive use of automod to filter hateful content before you see it, these bigots constantly come up with novel ways to spew their hate. That’s where you come in, we need you to report the hate that you see. Our wiki is a great resource on how broadly we’re asking you to report. We will be acting on those reports, and we permanently ban for everything listed. We’re hopeful there will be less to report without the bait that attracts them, although these bigots sometimes wait to be shown the door. So let’s tell them together they aren’t welcome here.