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posted by martyb on Wednesday January 05 2022, @06:54PM   Printer-friendly
from the it's-nice-to-be-nice dept.
[UPDATE: 2022-01-05 20:48:08 UTC]
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I've been made aware of some discussions about the permitted use of the "Spam" moderation. This has spawned a great deal of discussion among Soylent staff.

What's The Point?
The whole purpose of comment moderation is for an (early) reader of a comment is to provide guidance to later readers. Like "breaking trail" for others when hiking through deep snow. The "Trail breaker" makes it eaier to navigate the path for those who follow. Before we dive into the Spam, it is important to note that it is encouraged to "upmod" more than one "downmods". I receive an e-mail each day that includes the number of each that were performed on the preceding day. I am happy to report that I generally see 2x to 4x more upmods than downmods! YAY!

Where to start?
Start at the at the top of the Left-Hand side of the Main page. There one can find a link to the FAQ. Click that link and scroll down to the link about our Moderation System. Click that link. Located there is a list of items including one on the Spam Mod.

There it states:

Spam Mod

The spam moderation (spam mod) is to be used only on comments that genuinely qualify as spam. Spam is unsolicited advertisement, undesired and offtopic filth, or possibly illegal in general. Spam can come in many forms, but it differs from a troll comment in that it will have absolutely no substance, is completely undesired, is detrimental to the site, or worse.

The spam mod is special in that is removes 10 Karma points from the user that posted the comment. This mod is meant to combat spam and not to be used to punish commenters (when in doubt, don't use this mod). Our goal is to put a spammer in Karma Hell and for them to not be able to get out of it easily. As we do not want this used against non-spamers, we monitor all spam mods to make sure moderators are not abusing the spam mod. If we find a moderator that unfairly applied the spam mod, we remove the mod giving the poster back the Karma points, and the modder is banned from modding for one month. Further bans to the same modder add increasing amounts of ban time. If you inadvertently applied a spam mod, mail the admin and we will remove the spam mod without banning you. Even though we have updated the interface to physically separate the spam mod from the other mods, unintentional modding may still be an unfortunate occurrence.


If you are unsure of whether a comment is spam or not, don't use the spam mod. Here are some examples of spam:

  • Proper spam. Anything whose primary purpose is advertisement (unless somehow relevant to the discussion/article).
  • HOSTS/GNAA/etc... type posts. Recurring, useless annoyances we're all familiar with.
  • Posts so offtopic and lacking value to even be a troll that they can't be called anything else. See here, here or here for example.
  • Repeating the same thing over and over. This includes blockquoting entire comments without adding anything substantial to them.

These examples cannot cover every type of Spam that you might encounter. Please exercise common sense. We expect all comments to be on-topic or following a clearly defined thread that has developed as part of the discussion. Raising personal complaints or starting completely new discussions unrelated to the main story are certainly off-topic and also possibly trolling. Remember: if in doubt do not use the Spam moderation.

"Sock Mods" and "Mod Bombs":
You may ask: "What's that?". Simply stated, when a logged-in-user, uses one (or more) account(s) to "updmod" other account(s) in unison. This is similar to using other account(s) to "Downmod" one (or more) account(s) in unison. Both practices are Forbidden. As always, when such activity is discovered, Admins notice and discuss it to confirm the observation with other admins. Actions taken can range from a ban on moderations (for increasing durations for repeat offenders) to an outright ban on use of the accounts(s). We have observed such activity happening recently and are preparing to take action. Similarly, when several accounts can be shown to have repeatedly cooperated to prevent someone from expressing their opinion or have given other accounts an unfair advantage then that can also be a form of 'bombing'. My advice is: stop right now. We do not like taking such actions, but it would be unfair to those who DO follow the rules for us to ignore such activities.

(1) simply follow Wheaton's Law:

Don't Be a Dick

(2) "Say what you mean, mean what you say, but don't say it mean."

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  • (Score: -1, Troll) by aristarchus on Thursday January 06 2022, @06:46AM (8 children)

    by aristarchus (2645) on Thursday January 06 2022, @06:46AM (#1210465) Journal

    And, why is not this violator of the "rules" at least mod-banned? SN justice is just so hard to grok!

    Starting Score:    1  point
    Moderation   -2  
       Troll=2, Total=2
    Extra 'Troll' Modifier   0  

    Total Score:   -1  
  • (Score: 1, Flamebait) by Runaway1956 on Thursday January 06 2022, @06:50AM (6 children)

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Thursday January 06 2022, @06:50AM (#1210466) Homepage Journal

    You have no concept of justice. I am "reformed". You are just a shit eating dog. How many times does it have to be spelled out for you?

    Through a Glass, Darkly -George Patton
    • (Score: -1, Troll) by aristarchus on Thursday January 06 2022, @06:52AM (1 child)

      by aristarchus (2645) on Thursday January 06 2022, @06:52AM (#1210467) Journal

      Hmm, prison time, eh? Thought as much! Thank you for your service!

      • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Thursday January 06 2022, @06:56AM

        by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Thursday January 06 2022, @06:56AM (#1210468) Homepage Journal

        Nope. No prison time here, unless you refer to mod banning. My mod ban expired quite a long time ago. My conduct wasn't nearly as bad as yours, so my punishment wasn't as harsh. Nor have I gone on IRC, or into my journal, to publicly insult and debase the admin staff. But, you do whatever it is you've got to do. I suppose some people like to hear the bad dog whining.

        Through a Glass, Darkly -George Patton
    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 06 2022, @07:03PM (3 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 06 2022, @07:03PM (#1210601)

      Well, at least runsaway finally got trucked into admitting he sock puppets. That makes you a shitty liar, but we already knew that.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 06 2022, @07:08PM (2 children)

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 06 2022, @07:08PM (#1210603)

        Fine, you spin it however you like. Now work on getting ari to come clean. He has never admitted to his shit conduct - his conduct which triggered the entire sock puppet war. If someone kicks you repeatedly, do you just allow him to continue kicking?

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 07 2022, @12:48AM (1 child)

          by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 07 2022, @12:48AM (#1210722)

          Unless you give us his real address I don't see how we can force him to admit anything. Plenty of people here saying they agree with his politics while condemning his sock puppetry. I get this is a foreign concept for you, criticizing your tribe, but your whingey crying is beyond the pale. Hiw about you put up or shut up? Post a journal apologizing and naming your sock puppets, then you will have the high ground against aristarchus, and generally improve your tattered reputation.

          • (Score: 2) by janrinok on Saturday January 29 2022, @07:30AM

            by janrinok (52) Subscriber Badge on Saturday January 29 2022, @07:30AM (#1216658) Journal
            Now why would you need a real address? That is private and personal information that nobody on this site is required to divulge. If you cannot persuade someone to do something by words alone do you have to imply that physical violence is the next resort?
  • (Score: 2) by janrinok on Saturday January 29 2022, @07:25AM

    by janrinok (52) Subscriber Badge on Saturday January 29 2022, @07:25AM (#1216654) Journal

    He was mod banned. His ban has now lapsed.