AUP Violation Comment Field and Other News

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Later this week, we will do a quick release that adds a comment field for down voting  AUP violations.  Please use this AUP violation comment field to indicate why you are reporting a post as AUP violation. Be as succinct as possible.  This will help us act upon reported posts easier.  When reporting for copyright violations,  use this field to provide a link to the original (source) material that is plagiarized.  Note that without a URL link, the Tribunal may not be able to take action.  

As we stated in our post How We Handle, Reported Copyright Issues, once the Canonical links and the comment field are in place, the Tribunal will have more information to take action against AUP violations, including copyright violations reported by the community.  If reported content does not have a valid canonical link and there is a clear case of copying, then the content is incontrovertibly in violation of the AUP.

When this new comment field is pushed out,  there should be no reason to call out or publicly air members who you believe are violating the AUP.   If you use this reported post process, there is no need to @mention any team member on a community or via a platform post.  

Please note that we still plan to put in place a complete AUP Review Queue, managed by the community, in the future (already on the Roadmap).

Reminder: Low quality content does not get rewarded. 


In other news, we selected two community members for the Tribunal and will be contacting them this week. Once they have formally accepted, we will announce our new members.  

Finally, we pushed out an updated AUP in preparation for the upcoming Publications release. We also added a few things  like "no linking to malware" and "no pornographic avatars" based on some things we have run into in the beta. And, we changed the no privacy information  clause to align more with other social platforms so you can share your own emails - just not other peoples.  That said, please be careful - don't share what is not already available. 

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"Reminder: Low quality content does not get rewarded."

Apologies for insisting on this issue, but is there any plan to tackle the cases of alleged voting circles? Because yes, plagiarism is bad (5 strikes and you're out? I think that's a bit too much,  with 5 posts some people can get over 100 up votes all around, it should be ONE STRIKE and you're out in my opinion, but that's another issue), alleged voting circles is where the rewards may be misallocated from actual quality content.

I'd like to have some feedback on this, because my future investments in Narrative will be highly dependent on the answer to this question.

Thanks, team.

@MOLLY O, I just read the new AUP. For the most part, I like the changes. I saw this new addition to the voting rules and have a clarification:

 No promises or bribes for upvotes and/or downvotes. 

We've already seen one niche owner openly promise upvotes to anyone who posts in his niches. This practice appears to be against the AUP. Obviously, we can't prove whether this niche owner is actually doing this, since voting is anonymous. But what provision do we have for reporting niche owners and moderators for alleged unethical behavior?

 

Garden Gnome Publications posted:

@MOLLY O, I just read the new AUP. For the most part, I like the changes. I saw this new addition to the voting rules and have a clarification:

 No promises or bribes for upvotes and/or downvotes. 

We've already seen one niche owner openly promise upvotes to anyone who posts in his niches. This practice appears to be against the AUP. Obviously, we can't prove whether this niche owner is actually doing this, since voting is anonymous. But what provision do we have for reporting niche owners and moderators for alleged unethical behavior?

 

I'm hoping that, in this particular case, they have an algorithm to detect unusual voting patterns by niche owners and moderators, because now that it's in the AUP, promises and bribes aren't going to be posted publicly anymore. *cough* Especially since it's generally understood now that certain niche owners do promise upvotes for posting in their niches, and it's fairly safe to assume that anyone they recruit is informed of this (not on Narrative) when they join.

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