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Moderation COVID-19 Policy & Updates

Postby Katganistan » Wed Mar 25, 2020 6:35 pm

In light of the recent news post detailing our policy regarding dangerous misinformation involving Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), we wish to point our users to reputable sources for information about this ongoing crisis:

If you're just in need of a smile or a laugh, drop by The Sunshine, Daisies, and Lollipops Happy Stuff Thread. Come share some good news, something that just made you happy or smile, and have a bit of light-hearted fun. Note: Arch will abuse his Mod powers to cheer you up! ;) (No COVID-19 discussion permitted.)

Further, due to social distancing and the isolation that comes with it, as well as the near-constant bombardment of news involving COVID-19, if you or someone you know is undergoing a crisis or struggling with anxiety, depression, or other difficulties at this time, please urge them to seek professional assistance.

Lastly: we know everybody is stressed, we get it. People who are stressed are more likely to lose their temper, including those who might ordinarily never come anywhere close to breaking the site rules. In light of current events, we're making some adjustments to the usual ban escalation and warnings as a whole:

  • COVID-19 related warnings and bans are being treated as entirely separate from a user's existing warning record. Essentially everyone has a clean slate with regards to COVID-19 warnings. Regular non-COVID-19 related warnings will still be applied to a player's existing record subject to the usual warning/ban progression (with some modifications, noted below).

  • Greater use of very short-term (30 minutes, 1 hour, and 6 hour) bans. Particularly for users with generally clean or very minor warning histories and if we happen to catch the perpetrator currently online, short-duration bans are meant to put somebody into time out to cool back down before they can escalate in a moment of temper and wind up earning themselves a heavier penalty. Consider it basically an official warning with a little more teeth, but not the full bite of a 1-day ban.

  • Adding a 2-week/1-month ban tier before DEAT. Call it digital social distancing. We understand that everyone is a bit on edge right now. People getting these are very likely at the "DEAT on next offense" stage. Shutting these near-DEAT users out for two weeks to a month will hopefully keep them from further riling up everybody else and from tipping themselves over the edge into getting that DEAT.

    PLEASE NOTE! In the event of a player getting one of these non-standard bans (or warnings), the warning note on their record will include the fact it was related to our COVID-19 policy so that when dealing with future violations said bans will be considered accordingly. Furthermore, please understand that information and details involving COVID-19 are changing rapidly, sometimes from one hour to the next. A certain degree of give is being provided for differences in "outdated information" and blatant misinformation.
This announcement and the manners of our enforcement of this exigent policy are subject to change without notice. We will try to keep you as up-to-date on information as possible throughout this trying time.

Please stay safe, stay civil, and stay home. ...And wash your fucking hands!

— NS Moderation Staff



Added sign-off due to popular demand. -- Kyru, MAR 25 2020
Edited to amend "6-12 hours" to "30 minutes, 1 hour, and 6 hours" for short term ban lengths. -- Kyru, MAR 26 2020
Added "The Happy Stuff Thread." Cheery Mod abuse increases by 10%. -- Kyru, MAR 28 2020
Last edited by Kyrusia on Sat Mar 28, 2020 4:57 pm, edited 3 times in total.

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