[MOD POST] Regarding user harassment (self.hockey)
145 ups - 35 downs = 110 votes
MEGA EDIT: Holy shit, I hadn't even seen this thread yet when I made this modpost. That shit is even worse -- understand that if you participate in sexual harassment and other comments like what I'm seeing in there, you're getting banned. NO QUESTIONS ASKED.
Hiya /r/hockey ...
It has come to our attention (and we've been dealing with it for a while now) that some users are being harassed on /r/hockey
We have a code of conduct in /r/hockey that we enforce as strictly as we can.
Harassing a user falls under a few parts of our code of conduct that have been covered for eons and are not new additions to our rules, specifically, the very first one:
> The one foundation of /r/hockey, that governs all conduct issues, is preserving the quality of discussion for our membership. Excluding the more specific situations listed below, quality of discussion being degraded is a result of not respecting fellow /r/hockey subscribers. Treat others with respect, and the same will be afforded to you.
It also falls under this one:
> Obvious trolling is discouraged. The downvote system will handle most of these, but if you continue to be an obvious troll on /r/hockey, you will be banned.
User harassment is a serious issue. We've tried to deal with it by removing the harassing posts, but it persists.
Of course, I feel extra annoyed because I'm the author of Reddit Enhancement Suite, which is likely a tool being used in this harassment to tag certain users so as to keep bothering them every time their username shows up.
Understand this: It doesn't just have to be racist, sexist or homophobic to get you banned. Being disrespectful and attacking people in general is grounds for being banned, so don't be an asshole - it's not that hard.
We miss some stuff to be sure, because we can't possibly read every post/comment, so if you're being harassed please let us know.
In the two latest cases we're dealing with, it is a very clear cut situation.
In one, the person is not provoking anyone or doing ANYTHING wrong. People are, completely out of context, harassing him about a (silly and obviously non-literal) comment he made ages ago.
In the other, people are sexually harassing someone in a comments thread - the comments we're removing / banning people for are very, very black and white, e.g. "You shouldn't wear slutty leggings" [if you don't want to get groped at a hockey game]...
We feel the /r/hockey community is for the most part a very positive and awesome place for conversation about hockey at all levels, etc. However, the bigger it grows, the more work we have to do to keep it that way. If we see any systemic and clear-cut open/shut cases of harassment of our users, we're going to ban people. No questions asked, no warnings. You're gone.
If you have any questions or concerns about this policy, please feel free to ask. I'd like to pre-empt the major question which is likely "what constitutes harassment? isn't there a gray area? If I get cranky in a thread, might I be banned?"
Answer: No, you're not going to get banned for being cranky (usually). We understand we're emotional as hell about our game and sometimes we say stuff we regret. This isn't about someone replying "F you" in a thread (although that is something that doesn't contribute to discussion and we would STRONGLY prefer not to see it).. This post is being made about a VERY open and shut case/situation where any post this user makes in /r/hockey is followed up by totally out of context annoyance/nagging at that user.
219 comments submitted at 18:39:36 on Jun 16, 2013 by honestbleeps