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

Wow, this is some fucked up shit right here. Before I even saw this thread, I posted this in reply to @stoic, relevant quote:

As an aside, I also strongly suspect that there are private groups of powermongers who have an unhealthy interest in being moderators, collecting subs like pokemon cards, and creating some kind of IRC-driven cabal. On a wider scale, this is what worries me more than anything - this is exactly what happened to Reddit, although having been on the internet for the last 20-odd years it's about as surprising as eating food and a turd coming out your ass. Having these kinds of people wield any power over this place is a fucking terrible idea.

I don't pay all that much attention to names so much as comments, and I remember only a selection of the ones I even notice, but I do recognise some of the names banned and am confident they are not just asshole troublemakers. This is frankly outrageous.

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[–] FitMachoNaziAtheist 1 points 9 points (+10|-1) ago  (edited ago)

The voat cabal is already metastasizing on IRC and elsewhere. This is why I asked Atko not to give power mods even more power.

The Cabal is the one thing more dangerous to the health of the community than SRS/SJWs. Unchecked friendships in positions of power inevitably lead to cronyism and corruption.

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

100% agree, the danger of this to the entire site cannot be understated :(

It doesn't help that moderation is a pretty shitty, thankless task sometimes, you risk painting a target on your back, and it can be a big time-sink. So, as with any position of authority, unless you have a massive hard-on for imaginary internet power, and too much time on your hands, it's not really all that alluring a pursuit. The number of defunct and lifeless subs with inactive mods that made a power-grab and shortly thereafter pissed off somewhere else is a testament to that.

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[–] HowAboutShutUp 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

How can we stop crap like this from happening? Colluding out of the light of day so to speak is what fucked a bunch of reddit up to begin with. I feel like any big change to a subverse should require a 10 day advance notice before implementation or something.

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[–] MrPim 3 points -2 points (+1|-3) ago 

and @Atko doesn't care.This place is already fucked.

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[–] Dapostman 1 points 2 points (+3|-1) ago 

Social media was a joke in corporate board rooms until they started to realize just how powerful it is, now it is their goal to use and control social media not just by having trolls inserting their agenda into threads but to have the trolls be the moderators, they also want to close the truly independent sites by manipulation of the internet through ISPs.