PSA: A small group of users (30-40) are currently camping the new queue and downvoting anything that isn't a complaint about the rules into the negative. The admins are looking into it. In the mean time, please edit your preferences and blank out "don't show links with a score less than X". (self.atheism)
39 ups - 41 downs = 0 votes
If you're wondering where all of the actual content has gone, it's sitting in the new queue with negative karma. Memes, discussion, videos, jokes, articles, you name it. For every post that makes it in the negative, there are 20 that are buried beneath the threshold. A relatively small group of users (30-40) are voting down every single submission, and the only ones you are seeing on the front page are the few and far between that can cross that considerable hurdle. The first 10 votes a submission receives are extremely important (equivalent to the next 100), so if you're wondering why nothing is reaching /r/all, that's why.
For those of you who have been asking for an update:
- No changes are going to be made to the rules while this attack on the new queue is ongoing. There is no way to see what the true effect of the changes will be when everything is instantly being downvoted by the same group of users. It is extremely childish, and to those users, I would like to assure you, the mods have more patience than you do, and the admins are investigating the matter as I type this.
* The bot is removing all meta discussion for the time being, both negative and positive feedback. Meta discussion should be directed to /r/AtheismPolicy until we make an official announcement on the matter. /u/jij's feedback post was an informal poll, nothing more. The mod team will make an informed, rational decision after all options have been considered. If this upsets you terribly, I suggest you check out /r/atheismrebooted. * Death threats, doxing, racial slurs and other nastiness will get you banned. Spamming the same comment over and over will get you banned. Spamming the same thread over and over will get you banned. Cut it the fuck out. * You may notice that the mod list has grown considerably larger. Everyone who has been added so far has considerable moderator experience, and many of us mod other default subreddits as well, or have in the past. We realize that a lot of active members of the community are not represented yet, and that will soon change. Even if there are no rules except the reddit-wide rules, a default subreddit with over 2 million members needs to have a large moderation team. Legitimate posts need to be rescued from the spam filter. Mod mail needs to be answered in a prompt and courteous manner. Doxing, threats and other spam needs to be removed. There is a reason the admins were not happy with /u/skeen's utter lack of activity. At a bare minimum, the basic rules of reddit need to be enforced.
Above all, please have patience. Even if you disagree with the current rules, 30-40 users abusing the new queue and hiding legitimate content from the rest of the subreddit is not OK. The only thing the moderators are removing at the moment are meta posts, because subreddits like /r/circlejerk and /r/magicskyfairy were flooding the new queue with sarcastic "complaints," downvoting the legitimate posts and then laughing about it when they hit the front page.
TL;DR: A small group of users (~30-40) are abusing the new queue and committing vote manipulation by downvoting absolutely everything that isn't a complaint post. In response, the mods are removing all meta discussion (both positive and negative) until the attack subsides. The admins are looking into it, so it should be fixed eventually, but in the mean time, if you would like to help, please go into your reddit preferences and blank out the section labeled "don't show me sites with a score less than X". Then visit the /new queue and upvote actual content while downvoting spam. Thank you.
32 comments submitted at 13:34:42 on Jun 11, 2013 by syncretic2