SECOND IN-THREAD STAFF ANNOUNCEMENT:
Those of you who have seen me in other threads know that I am fairly lenient with the rules. I don't mind a few off topic posts and gifs as long as the conversation gets back on track to the thread subject. Yet in situations where members are breaking the rules and avoiding the warnings given by fellow staff members, I have to swoop in and be stern.
To be clear, there is a screenshot of the rules that relate to derailing about "cultural appropriation" down below. These are rules that exist on this website. It's is not @redbowkiki and I trying to stamp out the idea of "cultural appropriation," this is us trying to enforce the rules.
@redbowkiki already warned all of you here. Many members continued to debate and derail this thread about whether or not "cultural appropriation" exists and expanding on similar topics. You may feel passionate about the subject of "cultural appropriation" and whether or not it exists, whether or not a personality is "appropriating" a culture, etc. You may feel that [email protected]
not @Nyx, you do not have to listen to any warnings she gives. Let me make a few things very clear:
@redbowkiki's word is valued as much as @Nyx when it comes to enforcing the rules. @Nyx sees how the entire staff handles every situation. It's actually laid out pretty clearly in the moderator functions of our website. It allows us to check each other's actions, give advice as to how to better handle a situation, and ultimately if @Nyx disagrees she can correct the action.When a member of staff tells you to stop doing something, you should stop or otherwise face the consequences which can range from a warning to an IP ban depending on the severity of the offense. The examples of the following common excuses do not work:You were passionate about a subject and wanted to continue. Answer - you make a debate thread in the general discussion forum. If you so badly want to talk about cultural appropriation you can either make a debate thread or go to tumblr. You wanted to get the last word.If you are that stubborn you can take it to private messages with another member. If it gets too personal or too heated and a vendetta spawns from it, you CAN report private messages to the staff, you CAN report voting manipulation, and you CAN report even suspicion of these subjects and a staff member can look into it.If you want a group discussion you can add multiple people to the conversation in a private message.I like transparency because I feel like it clears up any confusion, and it allows everyone to know the staff does not have a vendetta against an individual. I will be issuing a 5 point warning to each user of every post that continued this topic in Michelle's thread after @redbowkiki's warning. This means if you posted once you will earn 5 points, twice you will earn 10 points, if you posted three times you will earn 15 points, and the numbers keep going up from there. While there is no point cap that means we instantly ban you, the more points you have against your account the more likely we are to ban you when another issue comes up. (Think of points as red flags against repeat offenders.)
Please keep in mind that if anyone continues this debate in Michelle's thread after this post: they will be banned. Twice we have addressed the subject of derailing Michelle's thread with ranting and whining about cultural appropriation. It's not needed here. If you want to discuss it please take it to a debate thread.
If there are multiple offenses after this post we will have no choice but to lock this thread. We cannot constantly babysit every thread on this website so those that become problematic are locked. While it has been done before (example: Debora's thread), unlocking can be a very long process and we are generally much more stern with the activity in threads that we have needed to lock and unlock. (example: We unlocked Debora's thread with the following stipulations unique to the problems with that thread: all posts need an English translation and spamming the same pictures of Debora over and over again merely to bump the thread are not allowed.)
not whine about someone downvoting you, even in a sarcastic tone. It's in the rules.
The voting system allows users to agree and disagree with posts without having to write a response saying "i agree" or "i disagree" because that clutters threads. Heavily downvoted accounts are not automatically banned. We are more likely to keep an eye on a user with -78 downvotes that a user that has +3 simply to monitor their activity. The only way someone can be banned is for breaking the rules. Some things, such as posting child porn, results in an instant ban. Most things simply result in a warning. Multiple warnings can lead to bans. So in short: there is no need to whine about downvotes because the only thing it may hurt is your ego.