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Discussion: When is it appropriate to Ban a user..

My viewpoint is:

  • Perma ban = obvious spam, and/or hostile, racist, sexist comments or posts (depending on severity could be a temp ban)

  • Temp ban = constantly not following the rules even after a warning, and/or hostile, racist, sexist comments or posts (depending on severity could be a perma ban)

  • Remove post = not following the rules, and/or hostile, racist, sexist comments or posts (depending on severity could be a temp ban, or perma ban)

Edit: Also mods should give a reason for the ban to communicate the info with other mods and in case of appeal.

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level 1

I generally do the following:

  • perma-ban: Egregiously and unapologetically racist, sexist, hostile, etc. I'll also ban for low effort spam.

  • temp-ban: I find myself doing this a lot when people start insulting each other during heated debates as a cool down time for them. Also if something is borderline sexist or racist.

  • remove: short low effort comments, super off topic and not adding anything, etc.

level 2

Yep. Same for me too. I've almost never perma-banned and rarely give out temp bans. I'll usually just remove comments. Anytime I do ban, I add a mod note of which rule was broken.

level 2

Same here.

level 2
Original Poster1 point · 7 months ago

Very good. Thanks for you input.

level 2

Why don't you crack down on the rampant classism in the sub? Hating people because of how much they make is not ok.

level 1

Yes, agreed with what everyone else is saying.

When I am trying to decide if someone should be banned, I often go and look at other recent posts they've made (especally on our subreddit, but also in general.) If most of the comments a person made are toxic, hostile, or trolling, and they've got a history of that kind of behavior (for example, if you see they've already had other comments removed from our subreddit) then you should go right for the permban; that person is not likely to have a positive impact on our subreddit in the future.

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Original Poster1 point · 7 months ago

When I am trying to decide if someone should be banned, I often go and look at other recent posts they've made (especally on our subreddit, but also in general.)

Good best practice.

level 1

You guys probably notice I tag rule 1 violations with modtools. I use 3 and 7 day temporary bans for repeated Rule 1 violations. As an example a user yesterday made 5+ posts calling people autistic and morons so I temp banned them for 7 days mostly to stop them from making more posts.

I agree with your viewpoint. Seems like most moderators here follow a nearly identical moderation strategy.

You'll probably notice I hate pop-culture references. I don't remove them all, but the vast majority of jokes and quips. "oh that happened on X" is probably one of my biggest pet peeves when people don't go into depth.

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Original Poster1 point · 7 months ago

pop-culture references.

Yes, these can distract from meaningful conversation.

level 1

Good points - I'm no board with these guidelines.

I think the edit is especially important. Just document why the person was banned so that if they do come asking questions about it, the rest of the mod team can respond.

Also something that has come up - probably best not to ban for behaviors that take place in other subreddits.

level 1

Yeah, that's pretty much my attitude too & I think best practice. I'm more likely though to just delete the comment, when it should be a temp ban, there just isn't the time to do that properly.

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