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.
(Score: 2) by Joe Desertrat on Friday November 13 2015, @03:51AM
I hope the folks here realize what you and the rest of the team have accomplished over the last 18 months or so -- I appreciate your hard work and delight in having a place like this to discuss, debate and learn without worrying about being censored.
Slipping off topic here a bit, but I would like to second this sentiment and also add that the frequent complaints about submissions are unnecessary and uncalled for. It should not have to be pointed out that if one does not like the submissions, they can submit articles themselves, and that if there is a particular topic one does not want to discuss here, they can simply skip by it and go to the next article.
(Score: 3, Touché) by NotSanguine on Friday November 13 2015, @11:11AM
frequent complaints about submissions are unnecessary and uncalled for. It should not have to be pointed out that if one does not like the submissions, they can submit articles themselves, and that if there is a particular topic one does not want to discuss here, they can simply skip by it and go to the next article.
While I tend to agree with you, I'd also point out that complaining about the quality of submissions doesn't (IMHO) reflect poorly on the editorial staff (they do, after all, have to work with the articles submitted and sometimes the choices available are less than stellar). What's more, on a visceral level it's quite satisfying to wag my finger at someone who complains about the quality of a submission and scold them about submitting themselves.
You wouldn't want to take away one of my many many vices, would you? :)
No, no, you're not thinking; you're just being logical. --Niels Bohr