Thanks to a clear consensus in favour of the new moderation policies, TBAT is pleased to announce that they are in operation henceforth. Since the phrase 'excessive discourtesy' was considered problematic by several community members, we have revised it somewhat.The rule sheet now looks like this:
- Not using appropriate and specific trigger warnings after being asked to by any member of the community = yellow card.
Exception: if a trigger warning is requested that other community members consider frivolous or manipulative, they should raise it for discussion. TBAT will make a final ruling.
- Hate speech, including victim blaming and deliberate use of offensive slurs = yellow card. (Note: it's not uncommon for someone to use a problematic word with no intention to offend, simply because they're not aware of its problematic implications or history. This does not merit a yellow card. Community members are requested to point out the problems with the word politely, and to take such information in good part; a yellow card will only apply if the poster continues to use the offensive word after being asked not to. Attempts to manipulate or game this exception to the rule = red card.)
- Being too much of a jerk to other community members (this definition to be subject to TBAT's ruling) = a warning. Continuing to be a jerk after being warned once, or giving TBAT grief about getting a warning = a yellow card.
- Sockpuppeting = yellow card
- Giving TBAT grief about their rulings = yellow card. If people feel they have been unfairly carded, they should send a private e-mail to TBAT explaining why. If this e-mail is courteous, it will be considered; if it is discourteous, it will get another yellow card and the sender will, consequently, be on at least two yellow cards and find themselves banned. If people feel a third party has been unfairly carded, they should likewise send TBAT a private e-mail; again, it will get a yellow card if it is rude but be considered seriously if it contains good points.
- Threats or violently abusive language = red card.
- Deliberately attempting to trigger people, including deliberately graphic or mocking trigger warnings = red card.
- Using anonymizing and redirect services without explanation and a consistent name/email address = red card. After this has happened, a notification will be posted on the relevant thread explaining the banning and linking to this policy page. If the person who has received the red card was using the redirect/anonymizing service because they weren't aware of the policy, they can contact TBAT to explain their situation and set up a system for using one.
The question of whether yellow cards should have a time limit was discussed. Our decision is that there should be no fixed time limit after which a yellow card should expire, but if a poster who has received a yellow card has participated in the community for a while after being carded and has shown good faith, they should e-mail TBAT to ask whether the yellow card might be rescinded. We do not guarantee that cards will be rescinded simply for the asking, but we will consider on a case-by-case basis.
If anybody in the community is feeling particularly harassed or picked on by another poster, they should feel free to e-mail TBAT in confidence and call our attention to the problem.
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