"Moderate based on quality, not opinion. Well written and interesting content can be worthwhile, even if you disagree with it."
That's copied direct from Reddit's "rediquette" FAQ and yet this week we've got another mod who believes he/she can control conversation that might be viewed as unflattering toward the game covered in a subreddit. Last week, it was WildStar, and this week it's ArcheAge.
A mod going by the name NSA-SURVEILLANCE -- yes, all caps -- has posted a "New changes, new rules" thread on the ArcheAge subreddit banning any talk of the game being pay-to-win and even utilizing a bot to help with moderation. As with the WildStar situation, it's understandable to take action if these types of conversations are taking over the subreddit, especially if they veer into nastiness, as such things are wont to do. But making a sweeping edit like this, even to "well written and interesting content," seems rather against Reddit's overall open policy and stifles legitimate discussion.
The thread itself has already been locked down, with several comments deleted. NSA-SURVEILLANCE promises that "Fixes can be made if you think we've done it the wrong way." The WildStar mod who banned F2P/B2P talk was removed from his position, so it'll be interesting to see how things go here. Grab your popcorn, folks.
(Hat-tip to MassivelyOP for the link!)
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Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.
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