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  1. Comment on Reddit releases their new content policy along with banning hundreds of subreddits, including /r/The_Donald and /r/ChapoTrapHouse in ~tech

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    We have a different macro response for white allies. The forearm picture is for black / POC users.

    We have a different macro response for white allies. The forearm picture is for black / POC users.

    Thank you for your request to be added as a BPT ally. Note that allyship is a privilege and will not be provided to all users. We will not be adding any accounts that are less than 6 months old and only adding those that have a significant and/or meaningful post history in BPT.

    To be considered, please define "white privilege" in your own words and provide an example of how you have demonstrated allyship in your real life. Please limit your response to the length of a tweet (280 characters).

    Once you respond, we will review your request and take your past contributions to the sub under consideration as well.

    If you are approved, you will receive a message that you are now an approved submitter to the sub.

    10 votes
  2. Comment on Reddit releases their new content policy along with banning hundreds of subreddits, including /r/The_Donald and /r/ChapoTrapHouse in ~tech

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    They were a tankie subreddit that was just as likely to call for violence against liberals or people like Joe Biden as they were for nazis. They had previously celebrated Israeli soldiers getting...

    They were a tankie subreddit that was just as likely to call for violence against liberals or people like Joe Biden as they were for nazis. They had previously celebrated Israeli soldiers getting killed, right-wing politicians dying, and tons of similar comments.

    It was a very edgy leftist sub that was was pretty far removed from the podcast.

    13 votes
  3. Comment on Reddit releases their new content policy along with banning hundreds of subreddits, including /r/The_Donald and /r/ChapoTrapHouse in ~tech

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    That is not at all what we suppose on BPT or why we have our system in place.

    The double standard aside, you don't see the issue with starting off with the assumption that folks with white skin are white supremacists?

    That is not at all what we suppose on BPT or why we have our system in place.

    11 votes
  4. Comment on Reddit releases their new content policy along with banning hundreds of subreddits, including /r/The_Donald and /r/ChapoTrapHouse in ~tech

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    And just to be clear, we do have white allies added in our Country Club system too. IT is not only for black / POC.

    And just to be clear, we do have white allies added in our Country Club system too. IT is not only for black / POC.

    12 votes
  5. Comment on Reddit releases their new content policy along with banning hundreds of subreddits, including /r/The_Donald and /r/ChapoTrapHouse in ~tech

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    I am speechless. I thought they would find a way to half ass this, but they really did it. List of banned subs: https://www.redditstatic.com/banned-subreddits-june-2020.txt The new content policy...

    I am speechless. I thought they would find a way to half ass this, but they really did it.

    List of banned subs: https://www.redditstatic.com/banned-subreddits-june-2020.txt

    The new content policy states:

    Remember the human. Reddit is a place for creating community and belonging, not for attacking marginalized or vulnerable groups of people. Everyone has a right to use Reddit free of harassment, bullying, and threats of violence. Communities and users that incite violence or that promote hate based on identity or vulnerability will be banned.

    This is elaborated further on here:

    Marginalized or vulnerable groups include, but are not limited to, groups based on their actual and perceived race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, immigration status, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy, or disability. These include victims of a major violent event and their families.

    While the rule on hate protects such groups, it does not protect all groups or all forms of identity. For example, the rule does not protect groups of people who are in the majority or who promote such attacks of hate.

    Some examples of hateful activities that would violate the rule:

    • Subreddit community dedicated to mocking people with physical disabilities.
    • Post describing a racial minority as sub-human and inferior to the racial majority.
    • Comment arguing that rape of women should be acceptable and not a crime.
    • Meme declaring that it is sickening that people of color have the right to vote.

    Additionally, when evaluating the activity of a community or an individual user, we consider both the context as well as the pattern of behavior.

    https://www.reddithelp.com/en/categories/rules-reporting/account-and-community-restrictions/promoting-hate-based-identity-or

    I have no criticism on this policy. They seem to really be taking what we have been asking for year to heart. I wish this day had come years sooner, but damn does it feel good right now.

    10 votes
  6. Comment on Hamilton is censored on Disney Plus; Lin-Manuel Miranda gives two fucks in ~movies

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    Eh, if Lin Manuel isn't upset by it, I don't really see an issue here. It is annoying that Disney+ is strictly for PG-13 content and under when they have a slew of properties, particularly through...

    Eh, if Lin Manuel isn't upset by it, I don't really see an issue here.

    It is annoying that Disney+ is strictly for PG-13 content and under when they have a slew of properties, particularly through this Fox acquisition, that would be in the R range. It would be nice if Disney+ expanded its offerings by providing a version that included some of these R-rated movies.

    4 votes
  7. Comment on Scott Alexander has deleted his Slate Star Codex blog due to the New York Times planning to reveal his real name in an article in ~misc

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    Right, but if it was NYT policy to only use real names, then they would not have quoted them under their pseudonym and the reporter would have insisted knowing/using their real name.

    Right, but if it was NYT policy to only use real names, then they would not have quoted them under their pseudonym and the reporter would have insisted knowing/using their real name.

    8 votes
  8. Comment on Scott Alexander has deleted his Slate Star Codex blog due to the New York Times planning to reveal his real name in an article in ~misc

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    I find that to be a sketchy excuse since I was involved in a New York Times story on r/BlackPeopleTwitter just last year that quoted several of our moderators using their Reddit usernames. ... ......

    From SA's comments on the Reddit it seems the reason is that the NYT maintains a strict policy of publishing real names, and the editor of the story is not sympathetic to SA's requests not to publish his full name.

    I find that to be a sketchy excuse since I was involved in a New York Times story on r/BlackPeopleTwitter just last year that quoted several of our moderators using their Reddit usernames.

    “People are complaining, but I have yet to figure out a better way to do it,” a black moderator whose user name is Nasjere told a reporter as he chipped away at a backlog of thousands of forearm photographs one recent afternoon, using various methods to root out fakers.

    ...

    “We wanted to find a way to allow actual black people to be heard without being drowned out,” said a black moderator whose Reddit user name is MGLLN. “We had no idea it would blow up this site.”

    ...

    Over the previous year, the moderators had banished thousands of obvious provocateurs. Of the many users they suspected of pretending to be black, they had caught a few by researching their posts elsewhere on Reddit: “As an African American male I would love me some Wendy’s,” one user who turned out to be white wrote about the fast food President Trump served to a championship college football team at the White House. “Who the hell calls themselves a ‘male?’” the moderator IceBrotha replied.

    Maybe this means that the article on the blog is not as positive as the Scott is implying and the NYT is trying to expose something bad about them? Maybe it means that the NYT reporter is lying about their policy? Or maybe a Reddit mod is just not worth explosing as a public figure?

    17 votes
  9. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    God, I love Disco Elysium so much. The sheer amount of world-building and the gameplay focus on dialogue/character interactions rather than combat is so enjoyable for me. @Naravara - if you were...

    God, I love Disco Elysium so much. The sheer amount of world-building and the gameplay focus on dialogue/character interactions rather than combat is so enjoyable for me.

    @Naravara - if you were disappointed on Outer Worlds combat focus and want an RPG centered around character and roleplay, I would really encourage Disco.

    4 votes
  10. Comment on Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time - Announcement trailer in ~games

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    ahh, thanks for that clarification. It does look like Toys for Bob did develop the full Spyro Reignited trilogy.

    ahh, thanks for that clarification. It does look like Toys for Bob did develop the full Spyro Reignited trilogy.

    3 votes
  11. Comment on What we know about Joe Biden’s possible Vice Presidential picks in ~misc

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    In the whole scheme of things, those seem like really minor issues to get hung up on. I highly doubt the average voter cares about them. I mean, I watched nearly all of the debates and read tons...

    In the whole scheme of things, those seem like really minor issues to get hung up on. I highly doubt the average voter cares about them. I mean, I watched nearly all of the debates and read tons of media around them and honestly do not remember your second point at all.

    3 votes
  12. Comment on Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time - Announcement trailer in ~games

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    This looks like a fun return to form to the original Crash trilogy. I am glad that they are basically writing off all of the less than stellar sequels that were created after Crash Bandicoot:...

    This looks like a fun return to form to the original Crash trilogy. I am glad that they are basically writing off all of the less than stellar sequels that were created after Crash Bandicoot: Warped.

    It looks like the levels are maintaining the original feel of the series while introducing some new powers to mix things up.

    I am glad to see that Toys for Bob is returning as the developer on this game. They are the same group that did both the Crash and Spyro remaster trilogies and seem to have a great understanding and care for the originals.

    5 votes
  13. Comment on What we know about Joe Biden’s possible Vice Presidential picks in ~misc

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    While I absolutely love Warren and think she was far and away the best option for President, I think there are better options for Joe's running mate. I think that Biden needs to recognize that...

    While I absolutely love Warren and think she was far and away the best option for President, I think there are better options for Joe's running mate.

    I think that Biden needs to recognize that black people, specifically black women, helped secure him the nomination. Increasing black voter turnout will be absolutely crucial to ensuring Biden's election over Trump and I think Biden needs to choose a black woman as VP to show recognition of their help in locking the nomination and fuel turnout. He is also getting a lot of heat from a variety of advisors and supporters including Klobuchar and Clyburn as the article notes.

    I also think Warren would be too old to be VP. The consensus seems to be that if Biden wins, the VP would be de facto nominee the next primary cycle either in 4 or 8 years depending on how long Joe wants to stay in office. I personally think both Bernie and Biden (and Trump for that matter) are too old to be running a superpower, and would not want Warren taking the Presidency at 75. After four years as VP, another eight years in office would put her leaving the Presidency at 83 in 2032.

    Another issue with Warren is that her Senate seat is in a state controlled by a Republican governor, so there is a risk that Gov Baker appoints a Republican. This is particularly worrisome in an election where every single Senate seat matters.

    For me, Harris is pretty clearly at the top of the list as she is a younger, black woman, one of only ten black people elected in the entire history of America to serve in the U.S. Senate, and being in California her Senate seat is at no risk.

    Harris also did amazing during the debates. I think Harris would also be able to really effectively act as spokesperson for the Biden Presidency and Democrats in general.

    8 votes
  14. Comment on Reddit now suspends accounts for upvoting content that violates its policies in ~tech

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    They have been doing that for several months now.

    They have been doing that for several months now.

  15. Comment on Racism is rampant on Reddit, and its moderators are in open revolt - The site’s CEO says it will implement a new hate speech policy in ~tech

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    Given that Steve Huffman has himself been on these calls and listened to us, as well as various VPs, I think it's helpful that this does seem to be driven from the top down whereas past efforts...

    This start yet again seems like a project that's been pitched to the bosses that will be evaluated in x months where the essence of a job well done will be entirely words internally before the project is just abandoned.

    Given that Steve Huffman has himself been on these calls and listened to us, as well as various VPs, I think it's helpful that this does seem to be driven from the top down whereas past efforts have not seemed to have leadership support.

    It's proven to be a very successful strategy for ensuring mods don't organize (past that first Victoria-fired-blackout) because enough always give the admins the benefit of the doubt for the latest dead-end process. That ensures media coverage isn't too big and reddit isn't forced to change.

    I mean, we are still certainly organizing right now. Right now all 800 subreddits that signed onto the open letter are being modmailed and are putting forward a rep to join a private sub to discuss next steps.

    I am cautiously optimistic by these developments, but have been burned by the admins too many times to leave it all to them.

    5 votes
  16. Comment on Facebook removes Trump ads with symbol once used by Nazis to designate political prisoners in ~tech

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    I am positive that Stephen Miller and Brad Parscale knew exactly what that meant.

    I am positive that Stephen Miller and Brad Parscale knew exactly what that meant.

    12 votes
  17. Comment on Racism is rampant on Reddit, and its moderators are in open revolt - The site’s CEO says it will implement a new hate speech policy in ~tech

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    So my understanding is that they have had a few "mod councils" for I guess close to a year now. Those current councils are "Gaming," "Sports," "Beauty," and "Women" focused subreddits. It is not...

    I have to say, it's pretty disheartening that the admins keep making calls and off-site solutions with few people rather than using, their own social media platform and the host of admin-mod communities they've created over the years.

    So my understanding is that they have had a few "mod councils" for I guess close to a year now. Those current councils are "Gaming," "Sports," "Beauty," and "Women" focused subreddits. It is not clear to me how many participants are on each group, but this seems to have been the trial run. They are now expanding that to include a "Black" group and talked about forming a number of others. I know admins often make lots of promises and then fail to deliver, but this seems like a good step to me.

    I would also just saw that all of their open channels like r/modsupport or r/modnews are regularly brigaded to shit by free speech trolls whenever a policy discussion is had and moderators are much less likely to be so upfront with their views when they are going to get screenshot and spammed everywhere to use for harassment. So it makes a lot more sense to me to take these conversations to video calls where folks can be much more candid.

    They keep making threads and posts and then they don't respond to comments or concerns.

    On the call I joined on Tuesday night, one of the admins said they plan on making weekly updates on all the new policies and decisions they are rolling out, like the apparent filter they (finally) put in that prevents users from sending people unsolicited chats or pms with slurs. Again,I have not actually seen any such post this week, but I saw that the head of community woodpaneled did discuss this a bit on modsupport yesterday.

    Hi Meepster,

    Thanks for checking in. As outlined in ggAlex's post, we've been spending the last week in calls with communities most affected by the recent events, with a specific focus on Black communities, to ensure we're hearing their experiences, concerns, needs, and desires for change. This week we'll be hosting the All-Council call with dozens of moderators to discuss how to evolve our policies. As outlined in ggAlex's post, we'll release the meeting minutes publicly, within a week or two. That will give everyone insight into how we're looking at evolving policies and the actual changes should follow shortly.

    Hope that catches you up on where we're at in the process.

    https://www.reddit.com/r/ModSupport/comments/has1fj/ggalex_and_spez_wheres_the_dialogue_are_we_back/fv4kl3d/

    Suggesting that reddit has as strong anti-hate policies as other social media platforms is blatantly false.

    100% agree and in my feedback to them on their policy I pointed to Twitter's which is incredibly comprehensive and much more direct.

    "Hateful conduct: You may not promote violence against or directly attack or threaten other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, caste, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease. We also do not allow accounts whose primary purpose is inciting harm towards others on the basis of these categories."

    https://help.twitter.com/en/rules-and-policies/hateful-conduct-policy

    7 votes
  18. Comment on Racism is rampant on Reddit, and its moderators are in open revolt - The site’s CEO says it will implement a new hate speech policy in ~tech

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    It is certainly a recognized phenomenon and has been an explicit tactic of white supremacists for years. It is the same reason that Breitbart for many years had a "Black Crime" tab. Their entire...

    It is certainly a recognized phenomenon and has been an explicit tactic of white supremacists for years. It is the same reason that Breitbart for many years had a "Black Crime" tab. Their entire goal is to depict black people and minorities as dangerous, violent criminals.

    7 votes