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posted by n1 on Thursday November 12 2015, @10:11AM   Printer-friendly
from the shiny-new-ban-hammer dept.

In a move that isn't particularly surprising given their lack of support for intellectual diversity to date, Reddit has introduced outright bans to replace its shadow banning policy.

Reddit has introduced an "Account Suspension" feature that will replace Shadowbanning for non-spammers, though previously shadowbanned accounts are not going to be automatically unbanned.

A post on July 28, 2015 by Reddit admin /u/krispykrackers explains the basics of Shadowbanning, a tool initially created to counteract spammers by hiding their content without letting them know their account had been shadowbanned. However, this was Reddit's only tool for an account-wide ban, and it has since been used on people other than spammers as well.

Account Suspension will be more straightforward and transparent than a Shadowban. An F.A.Q. page (sic) linked in the announcement post states that only Reddit administrators will be able to apply suspensions, which can be temporary or permanent. Permanent suspensions will result in a message about the account's status being added to that account's userpage.

See, I'm a veteran. This means I was willing to take a bullet for the right of my countrymen to speak their minds. On this at least I have not mellowed as I've aged. My personal line in the sand is that we will never site ban for anything but over-the-top spamming or gross/repeated illegal activity while I am on staff. See my journal if you feel the need for that last statement to be expounded upon.

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  • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 12 2015, @01:11PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 12 2015, @01:11PM (#262124)

    I could never get into reading stuff on reddit

    IMHO Schneier's blog and Ycombinator have better comments, but for me I don't like the limit for the free lurker of 500 responses. It has something to do with some "Reddit Gold" which I didn't bother to read about. So if your favorite celeb is interviewed or a really interesting story hits 501+ comments, you're fucked and miss out on a lot.

    IMHO a lot of the posts on Reddit really go off-topic quickly, with a lot of dipshits parroting quotes from various TV shows and movies, or just off-topic stupid shit in general.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 12 2015, @05:54PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 12 2015, @05:54PM (#262254)

    or just off-topic stupid shit in general.

    Not too different here (just look at any story that mentions wither sharks or lasers - one guy even complains about it in his sig file), it is just that the number of comments is much less here. What you're complaining about is apparently an Internet thing, not simply a reddit thing.

    • (Score: 2) by NCommander on Friday November 13 2015, @12:57AM

      by NCommander (2) Subscriber Badge <> on Friday November 13 2015, @12:57AM (#262437) Homepage Journal

      That's mostly because we set the default cutoff to zero so AC posts show up out of the box. If you set it to 1 or 2, a fair bit of crap disappears out of sight.

      Still always moving