An open prompt for all users
Posted: Posted November 22nd, 2017 by nullfather
Hello, everyone. I want to open up a conversation about the expectations and realities about the quality of the posts on GameTalk. Essentially, this is going to be like the Make GameTalk Great Again thread that I made when I first ascended to the rarified heights of "janitor with a shotgun", but a lot more wordy and also recapping what the Content Team/Xhin has already taken care of.
In the past, I have hung my hat on the point that "GameTalk is not 4chan". But, with site policies now set up to permit much cleaner forward progress, we need to talk about what exactly that means instead of just going off on everyone. I don't expect people to magically know what I consider to be rulebreaking content. Even more fundamental than that, however, is the fact that I don't have this job in order to directly serve what I want, but to serve what is beneficial for GameTalk (aided by my understanding of what I want as a user).
But this thread is not about telling you what I want. This thread is about figuring out what the expectations of the general userbase is and how we can reasonably improve GameTalk without going too far into the "safe space" nonsense. While GameTalk is not 4chan, it's also not some private SJW subreddit. I think that we should make it reasonable for well-adjusted people to deal with whatever is on here with no undue stress; that definitely doesn't mean deleting every disparaging post.
This is not an invitation to start drama between users by naming names or talking about personal topics. We're talking about site policy, the meta of user interaction, not particular points in an argument or personal grievances.
So, how do you interpret the site rules and what do you think they're missing the target on? How do you personally decide if something is insulting or obscene to the point of being rule-breaking? What other random thoughts have you had about the new direction that GameTalk has been given?
Basically, dump all your concerns here and I'll sift through them and try to work with them as reasonably as possible. Teamwork, hope & change, make GameTalk great again, synergy, etc.
Some points that have been addressed from the [previous open prompt]:
[Xhin is taking application for an Advertising Team currently.]
Eliminating mod bias
Major steps were recently taken to end this by way of [abolishing local mod jurisdiction.] This doesn't make it impossible, just much harder. Vigilance and communication regarding any further concerns in this line are always welcome; currently, I don't think we have a problem with it.
Generally toxic behaviour
We've made this much more actionable, but this is a very contextual thing. Further input about what kind of behavior is damaging and what is simply annoying will be needed. I have absolutely no desire as a Content Team member to remove posts from certain people that I find notably irritating as a user, because "being annoying" is often completely incidental to the actual content. What I'm concerned about is when the substance itself is degrading to the community. I think that distinction is useful to make.
About to be implemented.
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