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I'm not so keen on changing existing rules much.

I agree with u/ion-tom, there's room for abuse. Also, I agree with what a few others have said here, that many topics can fall through the cracks first or even second time around.

u/TransPlanetInjection - you have correctly identified a problem though. I think the best way to deal with, is better application of existing rules on duplicates, especially if a story has been popular once already.

Frequently some of the biggest stories get sidelined first time around & they deserve reposts.

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Agreed. This is a great idea, but as proposed is too heavy-handed. The only current method is stricter application of rules on duplicates as Lug points out. However, this pushes the question back to where that threshold of popularity is. The current best approach to handling an increasingly popular duplicate post is to poll fellow mod minds for a second opinion if needed.

Voting round has completed. The ban is lifted. Yellow source instated.

I do have a concern he has zero participation in /r/futurology and is a mod of so many other subs. May not give futurology attention.

That being said, he was recommended by MeghanAM, has mod experience and if he can keep up with the 100 actions/month, fairly enforces the rules then I'm good with it.

+1 for probationary comment mod with full permissions given in ~3 months

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Cheers to /u/lughnasadh who has given a lot of time, effort, and insight to this community the past couple years.

I think I'm managing well. I'm new to moderating in general and with /r/futurology being one of the only subreddits I'm a moderator of, I'm just trying to pace myself.

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You're doing amazing work.

Moreso that we aren't removing most of their stuff. I think if we were to apply some subjective measure of content quality threshhold it would be better to do so for all content to keep things fair.

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Agreed- if the content is high quality, the rule for a limit in number of submissions should be fairly flexible.

Nylon: +1

BlueDeadpool: +1

cleroth: +1

CyberPersona: +1

english06: +1

13 points · 1 year ago

@tacodabs? :) Love your work! Always wanted one of your pieces! Just gotta save up!

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/u/t4co5 @tacodabs

Love his work! He needs a website though where we can buy and look and show and share.

1 point · 1 year ago · edited 1 year ago

I didn't realize mobile views weren't included in the traffic stats.

AMAs were definitely on the list of things I proposed. I also proposed blogging via Medium as a team and inviting thought-leaders to contribute as guest-authors as well. I also had: Mod Slack, Team Calendar, re-trying the Dubai Accelerator, and curating content for other platforms (ex; /r/PCMasterRace has a twitter account, '@PCMasterRaceSub')

These are all great ideas. I'd add to them - we used to (before my time modding) do a Mod Podcast, which seemed really well received.

My only issue is Slack - it seems really limited for free users, as there is a max of 10,000 archived messages (& its $5 per user, per month otherwise)

Spaces the Google alternative, seems better in that regard.

Given how decentralized we are (& not treading on sub founder u/Xenophon1 's toes) - i wonder is there any way - we can organize ourselves, in our decentralized fashion, to get some of these things done.

We still have a backlog of perspective new Mods, we haven't voted on or reviewed - we could assign AMA's to a small team of them, for example.

That last GE Research AMA on renewable energy, was to me a brilliant example of AMA's at their best - it would be so great to regularly have them & similar caliber people for AI, Robotics, Economics, Biotech, Space, etc

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Went through abrownn's ideas not too long ago and was impressed. It comes down to deliverables, short term and long term.

The community is open, decentralized, and collectivist. Let's make a proposal (one good idea at a time) and make a vote on what we can and should decide to deliver. We can pull volunteers from readers and the prospective mods that lugnasadh mentioned to aid.

Original Poster1 point · 1 year ago

A next logical step for this paper is that we can suggest an investigation into the structure of technological revolutions (automation revolution, industrial revolution, etc) that elucidates a methodology in which to study changes in craft, technique and technology. Using the exemplar of paradigm shifts, a technical paradigm or a use of a protologism (“tech-digm”) can isolate widespread shifts in the use of simple machines to compound ones, compound ones to complex ones. An explanation of this may be that the techdigm shift to complex machines in the 19th century aligns with the industrial revolution and similarly, the techdigm shift from complex ones to autonomous ones is now aligning with a coming automation revolution.

It's been done.

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Hi all, I'd like to take this opportunity and bring up the idea of adding /u/civilservantbot to the sub one last time. At our last discussion, it seemed that most-everyone was on board with the idea, but I want to check one last time before proceeding. /u/NateMatias will be stopping by to answer any questions or concerns you may have regarding the project. Thanks!

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Excellent investigation. Cheers to abrownn for the hard work.

Let's gather a few additional opinions prior to a consensus for implementation.

Original Poster1 point · 1 year ago

Thank you Xenophon, cheers to /u/NateMatias as well for making this possible. I agree, I highlighted the modmail notice and bumped it as a reminder.

Off topic, but did you have a chance to look at the write up I re-sent you a few weeks back?

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I have. What do you think is singularly the most actionable item with the greatest value-gain?


/u/sirmarcus is free again to resume modding. Any objections and insights welcome.

He petitions to rejoin and resume the hard work he's given to this extraordinary community.

He has my +1 vote.


EDIT: +1/-3/ 0 Abstain.

2 points · 1 year ago

I think you bring up a good point. I usually check in 2 or 3 times a day for 5 minutes at a time and I average ~30 actions a day. If a mod doesn't have 5 minutes to spare to perform their given duties, then, in my opinion, they shouldn't be a mod.


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Original Poster1 point · 1 year ago


+1/-3/0 Abstain

4 points · 1 year ago

I think just remove it. We don't need it really. If we want to contact a member we can just use modmail and post as the sub rather than as a mod I think.

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+1 remove

Original Poster1 point · 1 year ago

What does this have to do with mod actions?

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This user has been commenting on many posts in this sub with hostility. I would vote to +1 ban from /r/Futurologymoderators.

Hey there, I probably should have done this a while ago but I'm going to just go ahead and remove myself as a mod. I unfortunately don't have as much interest or time especially with quite a large research project I'm undertaking this year. Thanks so much for the opportunity to mod a default sub though! All the best for the future(s) :)

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Thanks for sharing your voice and lending your thoughts at this great community. You are welcome to return at anytime.

1 point · 1 year ago

+1 from me.

New modmail looks a lot cleaner and sleek. I wouldnt mind using it tbh.

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+1 from over here.

Original Poster1 point · 1 year ago

Sounds good to me.

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Let's raise it for January of the new year.

Original Poster1 point · 1 year ago

We should probably have a new post to mention it so people are more likely to see it.

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Woops sent that the wrong way. Was talking to lugnashd

Original Poster1 point · 1 year ago

That's really all we are doing, except we automatically reassess their application in 2 months. It's less nebulous of a time frame, so it's more motivating to improve.

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It's a well-thought out system based on years of experience seeing good and bad mods alike.

One modification is that the word purgatory recalls some interesting colors and could be replaced by either mod: stasis, overview, or audit.

3 points · 1 year ago

I've been coming to Futurology since before it had 10,000 people and I've loved watching it change and evolve from "future whimsy" to "future reality" and focus on more concrete possibilities. There isn't really another choice for people if they want to interact with a Futurist community, /R/Futurology is it. It has earned its spot through the hard work and dedication from its frequent posters and moderators -- to step back and away from the public-facing side of the site (and subsequently the entire internet) would be a disservice to the sub, to the users, to the mods, to futurists, and to the world.

No, I don't think we should remove Futurology from default status. I personally think that we should double down with our community interaction and outreach and I have a few ideas. I had wanted to run them by Xenophon1, but he hasn't responded to the pings or DMs from myself and a few others in a while.

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I must have lost it in my inbox. Send again if you would.

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