|rabican (rabican) wrote in scans_daily,|
@ 2009-06-06 16:05:00
|Entry tags:||admin: mod post, admin: resources|
An apology, and some ground to cover.
(cross-posted to noscans_daily)
I'd like to start this post by apologizing to the members of this community, particularly those who are fans of color, for having dismissed the impact of cissie_king's words in her post on NoScans Daily last Friday. I failed to recognize people's legitimate complaints in my private response to box_in_the_box, and although my words weren't meant in harm, this did not mitigate their hurtful and racist effects.
As a whole, the moderation team would like to apologize for the manner in which box_in_the_box was banned. He was on his last chance in terms of conduct, but banning him for his response to cissie_king had the effect of silencing his protest to cissie_king's hurtful words. This, too, was a racist action, and its consequence was that many of our members became worried and feared that their speaking out against discrimination, in that post or elsewhere in the future, would be silenced as well. When encountering instances of racism (or any other kind of discrimination), we have to be more understanding and flexible in our moderation, and realize that the reaction to discrimination can be full of anger and hurt, and rightfully so.
As a result of the discussion coming from cissie_king's post and the mod post we made last Saturday, and concerns raised by members on the community and elsewhere, we're making some changes. We understand that there's been confusion and worry about the rules and our methods of moderation overall, and we hope that the improvements we've made will better serve you all and make for a happier, healthier community.
We can't realistically guarantee that the community is an entirely safe space, completely free from any and all discrimination or prejudice, but our aim is to make it a safer space for everyone. Unfortunately, we haven't been doing the best job of it. After reading many of your comments, having longer discussions with some of you, and talking to some of the moderators of debunkingwhite and foc_u - and thank you, everyone who took the time to speak with us - we're enacting some policy changes that we hope will help us continue to strive toward making NoScans Daily and Scans Daily safer spaces.
As moderators it should be our responsibility to provide members with information or resources about discrimination to offending commenters/posters, and take the appropriate discplinary measures when necessary, and so we're in the process of compiling a list of resources that the moderators plan to use as tools in future situations where issues relating to privilege, discrimination, prejudice and oppression are raised.
There were also a number of concerns raised last week about warnings and discipline. This included worries about the lack of transparency in the system, the new double-ban policy, concerns about a lack of even-handedness in the moderation and confusion over how much venting is acceptable under community rules.
All of these issues, as well as the status of box_in_the_box and cissie_king's membership are addressed in this post. Since it gets rather long, we've divided it up into different sections, each of which has its own lj-cut.
NEW COMMUNITY ETHOS.
The following now constitutes our community ethos in both Scans Daily and NoScans Daily, as quoted in full:
1. 1. Scans Daily was founded by girl geeks, and members of slash fandom but now strives to provide an atmosphere which is LGBT-friendly, anti-racist, anti-ableist, woman-friendly and otherwise discrimination and harrassment free. The moderation team is always striving to make it a safer space for all fans, but this is not a safe space. Members come from all walks of life to talk about and share extracts from comics, and not all of them are on the same page regarding anti-oppression theory. Calling out other members or creators for discriminatory or oppressive behavior is encouraged for the good of the community.
Note: Please contact a moderator immediately if you see another member making discriminatory remarks.
Soon to come: a resource list of links for those seeking more information about anti-oppression theory.
2. Do not make personal attacks or insults* in posts or comments. This applies to comments to both other members in the community and the creators whose work is being discussed. We welcome critical opinions, but please try to concentrate on the work rather than the person. It's perfectly fine to disagree with others and to express your own opinions, but if you can't do so without resorting to personal attacks or passive aggression, then that's probably a sign that you should take a step back from the conversation. Our aim is to create an atmosphere where members can be passionate about comics in all ways, and don't feel personally threatened by others. Threats or wishes of bodily harm upon other community members or creators, even in jest, will not be tolerated.
[Coming soon, FAQ posts on appropriate and inappropriate commentary. For now, refer to the section below on venting and "sanitization" of the communities.]
*Please note that calling out other members for discriminatory behavior is NOT considered a personal attack here at Scans Daily. For our specific policy on discriminatory behavior, please refer to rule #1.
If you see someone making insulting comments, contact a moderator to let them know about it.
3. NSD respects our members' rights to privacy and control over their online identities. As far as we're concerned you are your pseudonym. Trolling and attempts to dismiss other posters on the basis of their "hiding behind a fake name" will not be tolerated. Unauthorized public release of a fellow member's contact information will result in immediate banning.
POST: This comic with Batman is awesome because he punches people in the face. I think Ms. Writer Person should stay on this comic for ever and ever and ever.
NOT ACCEPTABLE: You're a fucking moron and your post fucking sucks, just like you always do. Nobody cares what you think. Ms Writer Person is such a fucktard, I don't understand why nobody's punched her in the face at a convention.
PERFECTLY ACCEPTABLE: I thought the whole issue was idiotic and the writer has produced utter garbage. I've never seen the appeal in this writer and this has convinced me even more.
STILL ACCEPTABLE: I gotta say I really disagree with you (as usual). It's pretty damn clear to me that Batman is at his most awesome when he throws batarangs at people's fucking necks. I think Ms Writer Person's run on this comic has been fucking terrible (and not in the cake-stealing way), and I really don't understand why there haven't been more complaints about this shitty, shitty pile of shit writing.
SHOCKINGLY, ACCEPTABLE: I disagree. I think Batman is coolest when he's throwing batarangs at people's necks, rescuing puppies and babysitting. I would like to see more batarangs, puppies, and babysitting, and I don't think Ms Writer Person is the one to do it.