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  1. Comment on Can you beat Scott Pilgrim without stat boosts? | VG Myths in ~games

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    I've been meaning to play this. Is it actually any good as a game?

    I've been meaning to play this. Is it actually any good as a game?

    2 votes
  2. Comment on Gears through the years: A Gears of War campaign retrospective in ~games

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    I dunno... Stadia has KB&M support. There are also third party Chrome extensions that can add that support in some capacity.

    I have a feeling xCloud doesn't support mouse input because the input latency would be much more immediately noticeable than it is with a joystick.

    I dunno... Stadia has KB&M support. There are also third party Chrome extensions that can add that support in some capacity.

    1 vote
  3. Comment on Gears through the years: A Gears of War campaign retrospective in ~games

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    Can't really speak for the later games. I haven't played Gears 3, Judgement, 4 or 5, and I'm not particularly planning to play them until xCloud gets keyboard & mouse support. I do know how the...

    Can't really speak for the later games. I haven't played Gears 3, Judgement, 4 or 5, and I'm not particularly planning to play them until xCloud gets keyboard & mouse support. I do know how the original trilogy ends though.

    But Gears of War 2 was by far a huge improvement over the first game, both from a balancing and narrative perspective. I will die on that hill of celebrating what a great game it was. The first Gears game had hardly any memorable moments and felt like a generic "you vs another species" sci-fi plot. All it really did was serve as an ultra-gory Unreal 3 tech demo that Epic somehow got working on the Xbox 360's already-weak hardware.

    Gears 2 was full of set-pieces, had incredible pacing, plenty of shock moments and was the only game to my knowledge where you actually go underground and take the fight to the Locust.

    I don't get Noah's point about why the Dom and Maria scene in Gears 2 was bad. Having Fenix snap his buddy out of his delusion and see what the Locust really did to his wife was one of the most powerful moments of the franchise. Even if it was completely expected - I mean Tai's suicide two chapters ago was pretty much the moment that told you Locust imprisonment and torture was brutal enough to utterly break a COG soldier. This was Tai after just an hour with Skorge as his jailor.

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  4. Comment on US to let teens drive big rigs in test program to help ease supply chain shortage in ~life

  5. Comment on BBC licence fee to be abolished in 2027 and funding frozen in ~tv

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    Laura Kuennsberg was basically a Conservative plant that pushed so much anti-Corbyn bias during the last election that it was disgusting. She also leaked the result of the postal vote a day early,...

    Laura Kuennsberg was basically a Conservative plant that pushed so much anti-Corbyn bias during the last election that it was disgusting. She also leaked the result of the postal vote a day early, which is a major no-no in terms of electoral law. Of course she didn't face any disciplinary action or criminal charges for doing so...

    Part of me is relishing in the fact that the Tories are now ripping up the BBC. But there's also a part of me that's disgusted with our Conservative government.

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  6. Comment on ‘Beavis and Butt-Head’ are all grown up for Paramount+ movie, Mike Judge teases in ~movies

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    Old Beavis looks like he's on-point, but what the fuck did they did to my man, Butt-Head? Still not a reason for me to sub to Paramount+, not that I could anyway because it's not available in the...

    Old Beavis looks like he's on-point, but what the fuck did they did to my man, Butt-Head?

    Still not a reason for me to sub to Paramount+, not that I could anyway because it's not available in the UK yet. I've already been burned by South Park Post Covid and Return of Covid being effectively US-exclusives which I'd have to torrent or illicitly stream if I want to watch them.

    Far too many streaming services now: Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, NowTV, HBO Max, Disney+, Peacock, FunimationNow, Crunchyroll, YouTube Premium, Discovery+, Apple TV+, Curiosity Stream, Hayu, Crave and so many others.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on Bitcoins - can't it only go down from here? in ~talk

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    That's more of a rag on NFT's than anything else. The image itself is not decentralised and the certificate of ownership you're buying is effectively a link to an image that is hosted on an...

    That's more of a rag on NFT's than anything else. The image itself is not decentralised and the certificate of ownership you're buying is effectively a link to an image that is hosted on an external server.

    If somebody did something like... create a peer-to-peer networking protocol that uses blockchains to store website content, like images, videos, user comments, etc, then we may be getting somewhere with Web 3.0. Apparently services like Sia, Handshake and Skynet already do things like this.

  8. Comment on The Call | Season 2022 Cinematic - League of Legends (ft. 2WEI, Louis Leibfried, and Edda Hayes) in ~games

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    I mean... you're not wrong. Any kind of arguing is going to bring people down. However, despite two wrongs obviously not making a right, acting like people have no right to be frustrated when...

    I mean... you're not wrong. Any kind of arguing is going to bring people down.

    However, despite two wrongs obviously not making a right, acting like people have no right to be frustrated when their teammates display the level of play and respect towards their peers that you'd expect from bottom-of-the-barrel ranks in League is frankly unrealistic.

    And when I used the term "ban a teammate's champ", I actively avoid doing this. Doesn't mean people on my team don't because they may just really, really hate playing against certain champions that are really frustrating to play against and don't want to risk giving the enemy first pick. And even if the enemy team bans the really popular high banrate champ, the teammate who wanted to play it will respond like a toddler throwing a tantrum.

    For me reporting is like a placebo. I see toxic behaviour in almost every game and report it, yet I have received no instant feedback notifications from Riot Games whatsoever. For all I know Riot are throwing my reports in the trash.

    I just had two more support matches end in unanimous losses. Game 1 I had both the ADC and mid laner flame me for my stats and support pick, call everybody r***rds, etc. The Yasuo top was also toxic-as-fuck yet spent nearly all of his time ineffectively split pushing like a wannabe Tryndamere instead of helping his team. Every single team fight we lost was because it was a 5v4. Some were even 5v3's because the Sejuani Jungle tank wasn't pulling their weight.

    Game 2 was worse. I had the highest death count and was basically getting farmed by the enemy jungler and mid. This was because our jungler locked in Karthus, a really low mobility champion that can't gank and can only spam spells upon death. The enemy had a Vex mid and a Kayn jungle who snowballed so hard that every time I even encountered them, I got one-shotted in a display of Riot's 200 years of collective game design experience.

    Fun fact, despite me playing Quinn Support and having the most deaths, I was third place on damage dealt to champions, had a vision score of 72 (over 30 above the enemy support), and had a much higher KDA ratio than our inting Irelia Top.

    But yeah, Quinn Support lost those matches, apparently.

    I play it because I like the champ, because her poke in-lane is surprisingly good, because she has the best mobility from level 6, can safely facecheck brush once every 30 - 50 seconds with her W and because if you give her Lethality or ADC items she can wreck face and snowball. But I am having the worst luck possible in placements with inter after inter after toxic player ruining my matches, while Riot couldn't give a shit.

    Excuse the lengthy, borderline OT rant there. Sometimes I swear I should start a YouTube channel where I commentate and analyse these matches.

  9. Comment on The Call | Season 2022 Cinematic - League of Legends (ft. 2WEI, Louis Leibfried, and Edda Hayes) in ~games

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    Can't really vouch for your experience, especially if you don't play on my server. I'm Iron 1 in Ranked on EU West, Honor Level 2 and it's like a perpetual never-ending elo hell of toxicity and...

    Can't really vouch for your experience, especially if you don't play on my server. I'm Iron 1 in Ranked on EU West, Honor Level 2 and it's like a perpetual never-ending elo hell of toxicity and childishness.

    You try to climb then you have teammates intentionally feed and sabotage the match. The moment you pick something that isn't meta, ban a champ that a teammate wanted to play, or fall slightly behind, your team will do whatever is possible to deliberately sabotage the game. It's like European LoL players have some of the worst mental attitudes towards the game I've ever seen in any video game. I think LoL is only the third most toxic game I've played behind World of Warcraft and Dota 2.

    Dota is a game I call Defense of the Assholes for a reason. I have bad memories of when I was kicked from an -apem game, added to a global blacklist and sent abusive PMs telling me to hang myself, all because I built Mekanism on Dragon Knight and tried to play him like a split pusher. This was back in the days of playing DotA Allstars on Battle.net.

    A lot of the time when I play LoL I feel like my teammates are bigger opponents than the 5 enemies I face.

    I've been tempted to create collages of all the abusive chat messages I've received in Ranked over the past week and just tweeting it straight at RiotGames and RiotSupport, ensuring to copy in as many LoL pros and influencers as possible. Because the prevalence of the issues just makes this unacceptable.

    For the Riot stuff, they've recently accepted to pay $100 millions to victims which is quite a lot more than Blizz. It does seem like the company is changing internally from the reports.

    That lawsuit's been going on for a few years. Originally the settlement was paltry (even lower than what Blizz offered) and the California DFEH actually stepped back in. Also, pretty sure the CFO who was groping and farting on employees was given something like a two week paid suspension and compulsory workplace inclusivity training.

  10. Comment on The Call | Season 2022 Cinematic - League of Legends (ft. 2WEI, Louis Leibfried, and Edda Hayes) in ~games

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    It's cinematics like these that get people to pick up League of Legends, then they actually play a few games, expose themselves to the toxic degeneracy that is Draft Pick and Ranked Solo/Duo, then...

    It's cinematics like these that get people to pick up League of Legends, then they actually play a few games, expose themselves to the toxic degeneracy that is Draft Pick and Ranked Solo/Duo, then they uninstall - realising what a carcinogen the community really is.

    And why am I not surprised? Riot Games is a company that is almost ethically as bad as Blizzard Entertainment, yet their fanboys will defend them to the hilt and give them a free pass for everything bad they do because they're still capable of making good games. Sexual harassment? Gender discrimination? Banning players from speaking up about Hong Kong? Mercilessly automating report systems to cut down on customer support costs? You name it, both Riot and Blizzard have done it.

    The main difference between Riot and Blizz fanboys is that the latter have been burned so hard and so frequently by their once-favourite publisher that they've lost all hope that Blizzard can ever come back to their former glory.

    League is like any other MOBA. It's a game best played with four like-minded friends, or if the technology to travel between timelines is ever discovered, four other versions of yourself from different parallel universes that have a liking for other roles.

    The moment you introduce randoms into the mix, all sense of respect is thrown out the window.

    I've been playing over the last few days, I've been called dogshit at least 20 times, had death from COVID-19 wished upon me 3 times, had numerous players intentionally feed and go 15+ deaths over the course of a roughly 20-something min game, and had one player call me the n-word (with a hard R too.) No matter how much you report such behaviour, Riot never bans it. In fact, I'm probably more likely to get the banhammer for actually calling these people out in chat and getting maliciously mass reported, thus triggering Riot's automated report flag.

    EDIT: Fucking called it. 3 game chat restriction for calling one of these people a moron, while worse behaviour gets off scot free. I made sure to file a complaint via the ticket system. If I don't at least get a tonne of instant feedback notifications, I'm gonna send a collage of the appalling behaviour I've been victim to towards Riot.

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  11. Comment on Bitcoins - can't it only go down from here? in ~talk

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    I think that blockchain technology is a lot more harmful than people realise. Cryptocurrencies (or at least proof-of-work ones like Bitcoin, Dogecoin and Ethereum) have absurdly high energy...

    I think that blockchain technology is a lot more harmful than people realise.

    Cryptocurrencies (or at least proof-of-work ones like Bitcoin, Dogecoin and Ethereum) have absurdly high energy consumption requirements and have led to hardware like graphics cards being scalped. Not to mention that the transaction fees are also high and the price has fluctuated so much that it's simply unviable to use them when cash and card are available. It's a popular choice for laundering criminal proceeds too because of the audit trails (or lack thereof.)

    Then there's this whole bluster about "Web 3.0" being a full blockchain-powered decentralisation of the web that will do away with servers and create censorship resistant domain registrars or even hosting services. Wouldn't that be a bad thing? We do not need the clearweb becoming more like the dark web.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Why is retro gaming so expensive? | Xplay in ~games

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    Oh shit, I just realised that's Jirard from The Completionist. To be honest, this whole vid feels a bit disjointed. The first four minutes were him rambling about the pandemic and scalpers in a...

    Oh shit, I just realised that's Jirard from The Completionist.

    To be honest, this whole vid feels a bit disjointed. The first four minutes were him rambling about the pandemic and scalpers in a way that could maybe have been condensed into a sentence or a paragraph. He doesn't get into the meat of how WATA Games and Heritage Auctions are manipulating the retro game market for their own financial gain until about five minutes in.

    Another thing that surprises me is how he used a photo of a Nintendo World Championships cartridge in one of these arguments about the scarcity (or lack thereof) of retro games. The NWC 1990 cartridge is genuinely one of the rarest collector's items that fetches well above $15,000 at auction. To my knowledge only a few hundred were ever produced or distributed, mainly to winners of a Nintendo Power competition.

    I do agree with one thing though, Karl Jobst has covered the whole WATA Games and Heritage Auctions issue in far greater detail and his video is definitely worth a watch, and unlike G4, he's not afraid of a lawsuit.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on Classic social networking in 2022: SpaceHey in ~tech

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    I wish someone would recreate OG Bebo (before the Facebook app nonsense ruined it.) Never really had much nostalgia for MySpace because it's always looked more barebones than a circa 90's...

    I wish someone would recreate OG Bebo (before the Facebook app nonsense ruined it.)

    Never really had much nostalgia for MySpace because it's always looked more barebones than a circa 90's Geocities page. I think had Rupert Murdoch actually invested in the site it would've stood the test of time.

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  14. Comment on Gaming on Linux - LTT Daily Driver Challenge Finale in ~games

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    Told this story before on Reddit multiple times. Back in 2007, when I was in secondary school I had a friend with a mutual like of PC games. I also had my own somewhat underpowered Packard Bell PC...

    Told this story before on Reddit multiple times.

    Back in 2007, when I was in secondary school I had a friend with a mutual like of PC games. I also had my own somewhat underpowered Packard Bell PC which had a really weirdly partitioned 120GB hard drive. 20 gigs were reserved for the C:\ partition called "Programs", and the other 100 gigs were for the D:\ "Data" partition. It was a minor inconvenience that meant changing the install directory to the D:\ drive when installing new games at times.

    These days we've reconciled and have remained Facebook friends that barely interact with one another. But at one point our friendship fell apart for several reasons, one of these was that he used to be an arrogant dick who thought he was hot-shit with PCs. He continually goaded me into downloading Norton PartitionMagic and running it in an attempt to merge the two partitions. The result was a bricked Windows installation, and since I had no backup media, I was forced to wipe my PC and use Ubuntu Linux for a few months until I was able to source another copy of Windows XP.

    That several month experience soured my thoughts on Linux and the FOSS community for a very long time. Out of all the games I used to play, World of Warcraft was the only one I was able to successfully play with next to no problems, and even then the installation process was a pain in the arse. I had to copy the TOME files from each installation CD along with the installer executible from the very first CD then run it that way. Trying to run the installer directly from the CD would always fail after the second or third disc if I didn't do it this way.

    Some experiences with other games and apps I tried on Ubuntu:

    • RuneScape - The only other game that ran almost flawlessly because it's a Java applet, ofc it would. But there were rendering issues in some maps. I remember the third floor of the Stronghold of Security looking like shit.
    • Half Life 2 - Booted but ran at about 1 frame per second. Wine really couldn't play ball with DirectX 9 games that had no OpenGL support. Of course Valve ironically made all their games natively support Linux a decade later because they were worried that Windows 10 would lock them out of the market...
    • Steam - Most pages didn't render properly. This was also when Steam was a sluggish and ugly bag of shit even on Windows.
    • Counter Strike - Same experience as Half Life 2.
    • MapleStory - Wouldn't run due to GameGuard being incompatible with Linux. Also, the game's website was only compatible with Internet Explorer 6 at the time, because South Korea...
    • WarCraft III - This is a game that had Gold and Platinum status on Wine's AppDB. Game would often freeze or soft lock. Scrolling the camera with the mouse didn't work properly. On some versions of Wine, multiplayer wouldn't connect at all, requiring me to rollback to previous versions.

    Was definitely overjoyed when I finally switched back to Windows XP, because virtually everything about Linux just sucked for the end user. Most apps which you'd take for granted didn't work even through Wine and you often had to source shitty FOSS alternatives. Those were my thoughts, for instance, with having to use OpenOffice instead of Microsoft Office, although AbiWord was actually a somewhat decent word processor that kept the look and feel of Word 2003.

    The more I hear about Linux these days, the more I'm tempted to make my next gaming rig a Linux one because I'm frankly disillusioned with Windows. But then there's videos like this one that just shatter my expectations of a somewhat decent experience and tell me that I'll have serious problems just running most games.

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  15. Comment on Ghislaine Maxwell found guilty of sex trafficking in Epstein sexual abuse case in ~news

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    Nothing's been proven but the circumstances surrounding Epstein's death are too convenient to be labelled a mere coincidence. We're talking multiple technical failures, camera breakdowns and...

    Nothing's been proven but the circumstances surrounding Epstein's death are too convenient to be labelled a mere coincidence. We're talking multiple technical failures, camera breakdowns and personnel fuck-ups which allowed Epstein to hang himself when he shouldn't have even had access to anything that would've allowed him to harm himself or other prisoners.

    Seemed like a perfect set of circumstances that would allow a hitman to sneak in unnoticed and murder their target.

    And why would anyone want to off Epstein? Not necessarily because he was a serial child sex trafficker, but rather because he potentially had a lot of dirt on a lot of very powerful people. I mean out of the many people that socialite had connections with, Ghislaine Maxwell and Prince Andrew seems to be the only ones that they're really gunning for.

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  16. Comment on Prey (2017) is currently free on the Epic Games Store in ~games

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    I'm still salty that Bethesda just slapped the name of a short-lived 3DRealms shooter onto a System Shock clone and called it a day. Especially since the only ways to get a PC copy of Prey 2006...

    I'm still salty that Bethesda just slapped the name of a short-lived 3DRealms shooter onto a System Shock clone and called it a day.

    Especially since the only ways to get a PC copy of Prey 2006 are by buying a physical CD which will get in increasingly short supply, resorting to piracy, or by purchasing a potentially stolen/fenced key from G2A.

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  17. Comment on Inside the online movement to end work in ~life

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    If anything the FCC's erosion of net neutrality regulations came as a result of political change, not as a direct response to the net neutrality movement. Obama's tenure was great for net...

    That Kelloggs didn't react as the FCC did with corrupt erasure of outcry and dereliction of duty is simply a matter of the times I think.

    If anything the FCC's erosion of net neutrality regulations came as a result of political change, not as a direct response to the net neutrality movement.

    Obama's tenure was great for net neutrality. What ultimately killed it was Trump getting elected. He was the one who appointed a Verizon exec as their chairman, who proceeded to rip apart the Title II regulations that came under Tom Wheeler's tenure during the Obama Administration.

    Kelloggs faced a completely different issue. Workers had successfully unionized and brought their operations to a standstill. Kelloggs then tried to bring in scabs to do their work, to disastrous results. Things got so bad with the boycott that Kelloggs actually removed their branding from many of their products in a last-ditch response.

    I don't think something like this would've been possible three years ago, and I think COVID-19 is the main reason for global resourcing issues. As of writing roughly 835,000 have died from COVID-19 on US soil alone. Multitudes more are probably suffering long term complications as a result of COVID infection which impede their ability to work. Not to mention that countless lockdown after lockdown after lockdown has slammed the brakes on immigration.

    Is it no surprise therefore that businesses are overwhelmingly struggling to find staff.

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  18. Comment on Inside the online movement to end work in ~life

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    I've been posting there more recently, /r/antiwork has been overtaken more-so by the crowd that think work should be better than those who think all work should be abolished. That, and bad actors...

    I've been posting there more recently, /r/antiwork has been overtaken more-so by the crowd that think work should be better than those who think all work should be abolished. That, and bad actors who are trying to astroturf it into a right wing/fascist sub.

    Don't blame them. A lot of jobs are utterly horrific. Which begs the question, why would you slave away at a dead-end job for 40+ hours a week to be paid a pittance and blow something like 50 to 70 percent of your paycheck on rent alone? Wages have gone down substantially in real terms over the past few decades while compensation to shareholders and overpaid executives has risen exponentially. All of this has been happening while inflation has been going up and up and up.

    I live in a country where healthcare is free and paid for by public taxation, where the right to join a trade union is enshrined in employment law, and where student loans, despite being expensive, don't have to be paid off until you're earning decent money. Imagine what it's like for Americans where workers' rights are nonexistent, medical care bankrupts the poor and where students get crippled by $100k+ of loan debt which they get loan sharked for on graduation.

    Labour shortages have been one of the few good things about the COVID-19 pandemic and has done more to help workers' rights than a lot of left wing politicians have. It's become a moment of reckoning for companies, teaching them that paying peanuts and treating workers like shit won't get you anywhere once cheap immigrant labour is taken out of the equation.

    At the same time, I think the community is more influential than this article lets on. Do you think the Kelloggs strike would have been so successful had millions of Redditors not drummed up negative publicity?

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  19. Comment on I got permanently suspended from Reddit today. Now I know what Reddit has become. in ~talk

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    Moderators definitely. Admins don't seem to give enough of a shit, from my perspective. I'm torn when it comes to volunteer moderators. Some I think are real assholes who don't deserve any...

    Moderators definitely. Admins don't seem to give enough of a shit, from my perspective.

    I'm torn when it comes to volunteer moderators. Some I think are real assholes who don't deserve any position of power. Others are probably being whipped around by the admins under threat that they could be deposed or their subreddit could be banned.

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  20. Comment on I got permanently suspended from Reddit today. Now I know what Reddit has become. in ~talk

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    I'd suggest familiarising yourself with Reddit's Content Policy, because chances are you were banned for at least one of the following: Harassment, bullying, threatening/inciting violence or...

    I'd suggest familiarising yourself with Reddit's Content Policy, because chances are you were banned for at least one of the following:

    • Harassment, bullying, threatening/inciting violence or hatred.
    • Posting or encouraging the posting of sexual or suggestive content featuring minors. Jailbait's been against the ToS since 2011.
    • Making prohibited sales (i.e. firearms, explosives, fake documents, physical sex services, alcohol, tobacco, illegal narcotics)
    • Spamming - This one seems most likely based on your Tildes posting history, as @cfabbro pointed out. A recommended ratio is that only up to 10% of your content should be your own content, otherwise others view you as a spammer.
    • Vote manipulation - Even asking others to upvote your content or downvote others is a big no-no on Reddit.
    • Impersonating another individual or entity in a deceptive or misleading manner. Parody is fine but even the admins have problems understanding this, based on past experience...
    • Posting personally identifiable information on another user (i.e. doxxing)
    • Posting or linking to involuntary/revenge porn.
    • Ban evasion. If you've been banned from a subreddit on an alt account, you could be at risk of a site-wide ban if you post on a different account. (This is something I unfortunately don't agree with because the admins are incredibly bad at enforcing their own mod guidelines and still hold the attitude that moderators can ban for whatever fucking reason they want, regardless of what their own rules state, but those are the rules.)

    If you genuinely didn't do any of the above, I would certainly appeal.

    10 votes