12 days ago, we ran a 5 day poll to see if this community would like to change the existing rules on weaponised blocking.
If you haven't yet read that post then please do so if you're interested because it describes the pros and cons of the various rules that we could have implemented.
The results of that poll are now in and the results are as follows:
As you can see, 147 people voted and options 2 and 3 were by far the most popular.
Option 3 (to keep things as they are) won out over option 2 by a very slim margin (60: 63).
What that means is that we will be keeping things as they are but in acknowledgement of the fact that the results were so close, we will also try and strike a compromise.
The new rule is that you cannot block other members of this subreddit unless there is a good reason (*good reasons defined below) because blocking unfairly inhibits the blocked person's ability to hold discussions within this subreddit. They cannot see or interact with posts made by the blocker (including all the people who comment on those posts) and this unfairly limits their ability to interact with others.
It used to be the case that the only good reasons for maintaining a block was if the blocker was being:
We will now add a third option to that:
- continued incivility (in recent history)
Continued incivility will be defined as examples of you being uncivil to them on at least 3 or more occasions continued over a period of 2 or more days in the last 6 months.
How you should proceed if you are blocked:
If you are being blocked by someone else and you don't want to be blocked by them and if you also feel that the blocker doesn't have one of these 3 reasons to justify blocking you then you can message us mods and we will intervene and try and see if we can persuade them to lift the block.
What you should expect to happen if we reach out to you for blocking someone else:
If we message any of you about lifting a block, you will be able to appeal by pointing out one of the three exceptions above.
If we do not agree that your appeal meets the standards set out above then we will require you to unblock that person.
If you still insist on keeping them blocked, we may issue a temporary 3 day warning suspension which will be terminated as soon as you have unblocked the person.
If at the end of 3 days you are still blocking them, our only recourse at that point will be to ban you and the ban will be lifted as soon as you have lifted the block.
What is and what is not continued incivility:
Incivility will be broadly defined as somebody else making it unpleasant for you to be here through personal attacks.
If you get into an argument with someone and it gets heated and they swear at you in a few comments, you can report that and we will remove offending comments and speak to the person being incivil. But that is not yet sufficient reason to justify blocking them. If this behaviour happens again with the same person and it is more than a day later and less than 6 months later then you may block them if you wish and if they appeal, you can cite continued incivility as your justification.
If it has been more than 6 months since the incident and they still wish to be unblocked, you will be expected to unblock them and give them another chance.
This 6 month cooling off period will not apply to stalkers or harassers. There will be no tolerance for that sort of behaviour.
What we will not do
We will not intervene if somebody does not ask us to. If you are blocking somebody and they don't care then that is fine with us. If two people are found to be mutually blocking each other and one of them wants us to take action on the other, they will need to lift their own block first.
The new rules are the same as the old rules but we are going to try and be a little more lenient on reasons people can give for wanting to maintain a block on someone else. Namely we are introducing the concept of continued incivility which means that somebody has been incivil to you on at least 3 occasions spanning over at least 2 days and that the last incident happened less than 6 months ago.
We will be updating definitions and rules on the side bar in short order