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Gentlemen & Goldilocks,

Some may remember me from the days of old in other Syria related subreddits and online forums. Well, I am back and with a new goal: Turn this sub into an "experts-corner" of sorts.

With other places slowly but consistently declining in quality and circlejerk-ness, I think what a small group of hardcore users want is a corner with fewer, but more high quality posts where discussion is free, diverse and without the threat of perma-bans and where harsh measures are taken only against bots, spammers, worldnews-overflow and the like.

Nevertheless, I strongly believe in giving interested novice users an opportunity to learn and educate themselves too. Questions can and should be answered by more knowledgeable people.

As such, there will be two experimental changes to this sub:

  1. Moderation will be biased toward long-term and high-quality users.

  2. Moderation will be biased toward the side that is underrepresented or otherwise marginalized, to prevent circlejerkization.

  3. The goal is still that no real/serious user will ever be perma-banned, instead we will be working with warning and frequent-but-short bans to cool down people.

The current amount of banned users is: 0.

I want to mention three more things:

Twitter spam

Measures will be taken to combat excessive twitter spam, however nothing is outright banned or excluded. Posting interesting twitter threads is in fact encouraged.

Banned sites

There are none. Obvious spam and conspiracy sites will be removed as decided by moderators.

Emotional things

This sub should focus on analysis and background. I personally would discourage posting things that do not contribute, such as pictures of dead children. However, again, nothing is outright banned at this point.

Flairs

A flair system might be introduced at some point in the future, however there will not be a "pro-x" or "anti-y" or "confirmed" kind of system. Users are expected to judge bias and credibility of news sites and tweeps themselves. Of course asking is fine too.

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