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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: 2) by jdavidb on Thursday November 12 2015, @03:09PM

    by jdavidb (5690) on Thursday November 12 2015, @03:09PM (#262163) Homepage Journal

    Truthfully, I could never get into reading stuff on reddit, as their interface is both ugly and vertigo-inducing. Yuck.

    I had the same problem although I don't know if it was the interface or what. I wonder if there's something deeply ingrained into personalities such that some of us are the reddit type and some of us just aren't. I took a look or two at reddit and the voting system didn't seem anything like the moderation system that I liked, and I pretty much never gave it a second thought other than when somebody sent me a link.

    Even when I became interested in Bitcoin it seemed all the news on the subject was coming out over there but I still didn't want to go there. I don't hate the place or bear it any ill will - I just don't like it. Even though I was a big fan of Y-combinator I still didn't have any interest.

    I'm betting that's the case for most of the people here, but maybe I'm wrong - curious to see what people say.

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