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[–] axolotl__peyotl 4 points 24 points (+28|-4) ago  (edited ago)

This entire post is disingenuous at best, and I say that after developing considerable respect for OP over a number of years.

I didn't write the rules of /v/conspiracy. As a mod, it's my job to enforce them.

Here's my version of events:

About a month ago, I received a PM from a user that claimed they were being harassed, and they linked the offending comment.

After seeing that the comment had been reported multiple times and that it violated rule 2 of our sub, I opted to delete it.

FTR, in several years of moderating /v/conspiracy, it was the second or third comment I've ever removed, and it was only because a respected user of the sub personally reached out.

For those who may be unaware, until this incident /v/conspiracy has had negligible moderation.

Fast forward to OP noticing (or being informed about) this single deletion.

While reading a thread where I was being accused of improper moderation and being a reddit shill, I sarcastically referred to /v/conspiracy as a "subreddit" in an attempt at tongue-and-cheekery.

The resulting drama has been so reddit-like that my subtle jab has become practically prophetic.

Now that my "name" has been proverbially dragged through the mud, I don't really have any reason to attempt to defend my "honor".

Because of this drama (which although misguided I actually do believe is rooted in a genuine desire to protect free speech on voat and the internet in general), I've decided to remove our rule 2 (which again I didn't write!!), and I've adjusted rule 1 to target just spam.

And for the naysayers, we do get literal spam to porn sites etc. There has to be some sense of decorum, even on a voat conspiracy forum.

I will always love voat and I will always be a conspiracy theorist.

Please contribute to our sub in a positive way.

I will offer my resignation if anything non-spam gets removed from /v/conspiracy in the future.

I've been here since the beginning and I'm proud of every single contribution I've made to this site.

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[–] 10281903 1 points 10 points (+11|-1) ago 

I respect the post you made in /v/Conspiracy and I respect this comment. I can sympathize, as @kevdude has recently lashed out and dragged my own name through the mud after reacting to a conclusion I drew (and failed to immediately denounce) about a restriction theory I was putting forth. He has a tendency to be very reactionary and hostile right off-the-bat. I too have come to respect him for his dedication to freedom but I think his methods are unnecessarily dramatic.

I think you have acted perfectly in accordance with your position through all of this.

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[–] kevdude [S] 1 points 5 points (+6|-1) ago  (edited ago)

Thank you. I don't think you need to resign. Your reaction and explanation does you credit. Powermods don't willingly admit their errors and don't willingly relinquish power. No one wanted your head. Rule 2 needed to go and the bans needed reversing. If you step down take the other reddit guys with you. Or stay on and be true to the sentiment you expressed here.

I respect your statement, and you for making it.

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[–] axolotl__peyotl 3 points 5 points (+8|-3) ago 

Thanks for this.

To err is human but mistakes don't make me evil =/

Consider this a serious lesson learned and I look forward to moving forward.

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[–] redpilldessert 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

What an awesome comment. I'm just going to say it: u/axolotl__peyotl rocks.

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[–] Proxima 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Bullshit, shills are excellent liers