Hi there. Normally I try very hard not to be in any sort of drama as I tend to get more emotionally involved than I should, but this is pretty bad. Enough that I don’t want it under a readmore.
Recently in the Yogscast subreddit there have been a lot of issues regarding moderating and cliquing, the short way of putting it is that originally moderators had been stepping in from the status quo regarding an auto-posting bot which was doing a good job. It was changed to now post all channel’s videos, which initially I was :/ about but now have come to terms that it’s a good compromise to the problems. Issue over with, right?
Not really. The problem was that the moderators (not all but a few) were stepping over the line in making changes in rules and practices without asking the community, which is not a nice thing to do when it’s a small subreddit and it’s easy to ask. Each time mods forced a rule change they were met with a small backlash because people hadn’t been asked first, and most of the time the rules weren’t good ones being implemented and later were rescinded. But here’s where it comes to a head.
One user that had been spamming the sub with his fanart with the titles spelling out his own username is receiving special privileges from the moderators without any kind of explanation other than “he’s a great contributor to the sub” which frankly could describe a lot of people on there. His completely non-Yogscast related art is currently the popup background when people downvote a thread, it’s of his own character and now including moderator’s characters. It’s repeatedly being updated despite outcry from the community, which means the mods do not care about what people think, even though what they’re doing right now is genuinely wrong and breaking the very first rule of the sub. “1: Posts need to be relevant to the Yogscast”. Today a number of comments regarding a change of the bg yet again today were outright deleted. This is not how reddit works, if a comment isn’t helpful it is downvoted by other users, not deleted. On reddit, deleting a comment that is not bigoted or dangerous is censorship. This is something I needed to post, Yogs members do visit there and it’s horrible that something like this is going on at a place that is being advertised on the videos. Luckily, I can post this here where it can’t be deleted. I have been a contributor on that sub for years and there has never been an issue until now.
Tl;dr please do not visit the Yogscast subreddit, mods have started censoring comments containing criticism of bad practices that they’re committing.
edit: as I was typing this message, the thread that informed me that my own comments were being deleted was subsequently deleted. So there you go.
edit 2: I should add, it’s up to you but I would really appreciate if you would spread this to anybody you know that might go there, it might not even be visible that there’s a problem since the threads are being deleted within hours if not minutes after being posted.
This is a shame. I visit this subreddit frequently and the user base is one of the nicest on reddit. I have seen the art posts described above and just wrote them off as mild trolling. It was even funny from time to time. Seeing however that the mods now censor content and shut up their own user base leads me to wondering who exactly these mods are? Who chooses their own characters displayed over the background over the wills of the people they have to manage? It’s quite stupid and childish in my opinion.
Is there a member/employee of the Yogscast who supervises this subreddit?