Help Us Change Reddit's r/funny subreddit

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Help Us Change Reddit's r/funny subreddit

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ion citat started this petition to /u/Spez

Admins define "default" subreddits as a set of highly popular communities that the administrators of Reddit feel would give the average person an interesting first experience. They define "Breaking Reddit" as doing anything that interferes with normal use of Reddit. And from the reddit wiki: “We care about the communities we help run and would hate to see users leave because of something that we can help fix!”

The mods of the default sub r/funny are breaking Reddit.  r/funny mods are banning people on whims for doing what Reddit was made to do--post content. The r/funny mods whimsically remove posts and other content regardless of their own rules in their sidebar. They remove frontpaged, highly upvoted posts regardless of upvote percentage. They do not hesitate even slightly about banning popular, high-karma users who regularly contribute good content, not just to r/funny, but to all of Reddit. Their mods make up their own rules and will ban users in all other subs they mod just because they got banned in r/funny. The r/funny mods have turned Reddiquette--the semi-quasi rules of Reddit—into a joke, but not in a good way.  They abuse and overuse the permanent ban function and refuse to give temporary bans for users who clearly deserve them—especially new users. They have been caught conducting semi-witch hunts against various users they eventually banned. Many of their rules are confusing or otherwise ambiguous (especially #5). Due to their selective content rules, there are no default subs to post various content to that has been shown to be popular time and time again on Reddit. The mods are only acting the way they act and doing the things they do because of anonymity and a throw-away account. That is, they use an anonymous account instead of their main account to handle and communicate about the bans.  So they have no accountability for their actions.

Link to screenshots showing a short collection of proof for the above statements: http://imgur.com/a/uu5Pr

Because r/funny takes up the only default registration (automatic subscription) "funny" slot, there are practically no users or growth for the lesser replacement subs that are modded by more judicial mods. Because of the sidebar rules (especially #6 and #14), very good content is kept off Reddit.

Redditors have complained for years to admins to have something done about the r/funny problem—and it is a problem. The mods of r/funny are being accepted as other mods in other subs and are slowly turning those subs into the same restrictive and dictatorial and abusive mod style as r/funny. But nothing is being done about it. Why? Because there has not been enough unifying support from Redditors. One user contacting just one admin every time an r/funny mod bans is not going to make a difference. But acting together on a single petition might help foster change with an admin who can help make a difference—and it might even help get someone high in the administration to address the problem.

If you want to participate in trying to

A) get the Admins to remove default status from r/funny--thereby also replacing it with a better modded funny sub with more fair and fun mods  or
B1) get lesser sidebar restrictions on posts, especially their rule #6 and #14;  B2) require that r/funny mods issue an user a 5-day ban warning and, if needed, a second warning after another infraction before being allowed to perma-ban; B3) stop all bans for crossposting; and, B4) stop all bans for reposts unless they occur in a three-month period and are a repost of a post that was over 100 points,

then please show your support here by helping this petition grow.

 

 

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This petition had 11 supporters