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The Immortal Myths About Online Abuse – Humane Tech – Medium
After building online communities for two decades, we’ve learned how to fight abuse. It’s a solvable problem. We just have to stop repeating the same myths as excuses not to fix things.


Here are the 8 myths Anil Dash picks out:

1. False: You can’t fix abusive behavior online.

2. False: Fighting abuse hurts free speech!

3. False: Software can detect abuse using simple rules.

4. False: Most people say “abuse” when they just mean criticism.

5. False: We just need everybody to use their “real” name.

6. False: Just charge a dollar to comment and that’ll fix things.

7. False: You can call the cops! If it’s not illegal, it’s not harmful.

8. False: Abuse can be fixed without dedicated resources.
abuse  comments  community  harassment  racism  reddit  anil-dash  free-speech 
13 days ago by jm
"You Can't Stay Here: The Efficacy of Reddit’s 2015 Ban Examined Through Hate Speech"

In 2015, Reddit closed several subreddits—foremost among them r/fatpeoplehate and r/CoonTown—due to violations of Reddit’s anti-harassment policy. However, the effectiveness of banning as a moderation approach remains unclear: banning might diminish hateful behavior, or it may relocate such behavior to different parts of the site.

We study the ban of r/fatpeoplehate and r/CoonTown in terms of its effect on both participating users and affected subreddits. Working from over 100M Reddit posts and comments, we generate hate speech lexicons to examine variations in hate speech usage via causal inference methods. We find that the ban worked for Reddit. More accounts than expected discontinued using the site; those that stayed drastically decreased their hate speech usage—by at least 80%. Though many subreddits saw an influx of r/fatpeoplehate and r/CoonTown “migrants,” those subreddits saw no significant changes in hate speech usage. In other words, other subreddits did not inherit the problem. We conclude by reflecting on the apparent success of the ban, discussing implications for online moderation, Reddit and internet communities more broadly.


(Via Anil Dash)
abuse  reddit  research  hate-speech  community  moderation  racism  internet 
13 days ago by jm
Reddit Users Lose Real Money After Meme Currency Bot Dies
dogetipbot runs out of money in another cryptocurrency omnishambles. 'Very lies, such betrayal, WOW.'
bitcoin  reddit  doge  dogetipbot  bots  memes  ffs  shambles  dogecoin 
may 2017 by jm
/r/ireland map
The denizens of /r/ireland have put together a map of their favourite tourist spots around the country. Some slightly odd choices but definitely a few that may be worth a visit. Thread: https://www.reddit.com/r/ireland/comments/5b0634/i_am_starting_a_rireland_recommended_map_for/
ireland  tourist  tourism  attractions  reddit 
april 2017 by jm
Amazon EC2 Container Service team AmA
a few answers here. Mostly people pointing out shortcomings and the team asking them to start a thread on their forum though :(
ec2  ecs  docker  aws  ops  ama  reddit 
april 2015 by jm
how King Cormac predicted Arguing On The Internet
From <a href='http://www.maryjones.us/ctexts/cormac3.html'>The Wisdom of King Cormac</a>:

"O Cormac, grandson of Conn", said Carbery, "What is the worst pleading and arguing?" "Not hard to tell", said Cormac. "Contending against knowledge, contending without proofs, taking refuge in bad language, a stiff delivery, a muttering speech, hair-splitting, uncertain proofs, despising books, turning against custom, shifting one's pleading, inciting the mob, blowing one's own trumpet, shouting at the top of one's voice."
internet  arguing  history  ireland  king-cormac  hair-splitting  shouting  reddit 
october 2014 by jm
Reddit’s crappy ultimatum to remote workers and offices
Reddit forces all remote workers (about half the workforce, in SLC and NYC) to move to SF, provoking a shitstorm:
In a tweet confirming the move, Reddit’s CEO justified his treatment of non-San Francisco workers with a push for Optimal Teamwork to drive the New And $50M Improved Reddit forward. I shit you not. That was the actual term! (I added the New & Improved fan fiction here).

So let’s leave aside the debate over whether working remotely is as efficient as being in the same office all the time. Let’s just focus on the size of the middle finger given to the people who work at Reddit outside the Bay Area, given the choice of forced, express relocation or a pink slip. How optimal do you think these employees will feel about leadership and the rest of the team going forward? Do you think they’ll just show up at the new, apparently-not-even-in-San-Francisco-proper office with a smile from ear to ear, ready to begin in earnest on Optimal Teamwork, left-behind former colleagues be damned?
telecommuting  reddit  working  remote-working  ceos  optimal-teamwork  teamwork  relocation 
october 2014 by jm
'You are shrunk to the height of a nickel and thrown into a blender. Your mass is reduced so that your density is the same as usual. The blades start moving in 60 seconds. What do you do?'
Brilliant responses to this stereotypically-annoying Google interview question:

"Since being shrunk down like this is impossible, I can only assume this is happening inside a dream or nightmare of some kind. I sit down and meditate, summoning up my Siddartha/Neo like mental powers and realise that there is no blender, and that this terrible dream was created by the ego of a sadistic Google employee. As the kundalini fire races up my spine, and my spirit is liberated, I open my third eye and bathe said Google employee in the light of love. I forgive him, for he knows not what he does."
funny  interviewing  google  blenders  reddit 
july 2012 by jm
good anti-deletionist comment thread on reddit/programming
Loved this great neologism: 'as with any small organization's politics, people with way more time (and insanity) to invest in trivial issues will always out-penis more casual people just trying to make a positive contribution.'
wiki  bitdecay  wikipedia  deletion  deletionpedia  reddit  comments  thread  discussion  moderation  community  neologisms  from delicious
february 2011 by jm
Why did annon attack the FG website? : ireland
all signs point to 'they didn't.'  also, interesting comment in the Reddit thread: 'From a source close to the situation; the forms [on the FG site] were not being sanitised [against SQL injection attacks] at all.'  incredibly amateurish, if true
reddit  anonymous  4chan  hacks  fine-gael  fghack  ireland  politics  security  sql  exploits  from delicious
january 2011 by jm
Reddit Comment of the Year : bestof2010
some great gags and stories.  Plus an excellent recipe for tamales in "today you, tomorrow me" (via waxy)
via:waxy  tamales  recipes  stories  funny  jokes  reddit  bestof2010  2010  from delicious
january 2011 by jm
Minecraft Subreddit
this is not going to help my addiction
minecraft  community  games  reddit  from delicious
october 2010 by jm
'Ireland' Reddit
quite a busy news aggregator, it turns out -- 1,960 registered readers and a lot of traffic at this stage. worth bookmarking
ireland  reddit  local  news  aggregation  from delicious
october 2010 by jm
I was a Doctor at an online pharmacy
Reddit thread from answers from a "doctor" at a dodgy online prescription-drugs store, supposedly not a spamvertized one though
medicine  pharma  spam  reddit  iama  scummy  illegal  law  from delicious
january 2010 by jm
IAMA person who sends "spam" email for a living
Reddit mass-interview of a spammer. apparently he's working on IPv6 support
reddit  spam  anti-spam  interviews  ipv6  iama  spammers  from delicious
october 2009 by jm

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