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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: 3, Interesting) by NCommander on Friday November 13 2015, @12:54AM

    by NCommander (2) Subscriber Badge <mcasadevall@soylentnews.org> on Friday November 13 2015, @12:54AM (#262436) Homepage Journal

    I knew on some level there had been mass mod abuse, but that really puts it in black and white. I don't hang out in /r/video, but most of those don't seem to be against the rules.

    I don't know if unreddit is reliable, but given what I've seen in other subs, basically sums it up. As for Voat, well, I dunno what it is, but something about their site rubs me the wrong way; it reminds me a lot of kuro5hin back when they were a rival to Slashdot.

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