Unless you've had your head buried in a terminal the last week, you'll have no doubt realized a marked increase in the number of off-topic submissions, accompanied by a spattering of shitposts.
At first, @Disappointed and I were willing to let that slide, and see if matters could not be resolved without any moderator action, and at first it looked like that was going to be the case.
Despite what I can only assume were other shitposters and alt accounts upvoating each other's posts, the vast majority of their submissions did not gain any SCP and quickly ended up buried.
However, now someone has started posting completely off-topic nonsense designed to draw the ire of /v/FatPeopleHate, and that is one step too far I feel.
I have already deleted that submission, as you can see from the ModLogs.
I don't want to turn this sub into another heavily moderated niche sub, but also believe there is only so much bad behaviour you can tolerate from visitors,
before you have to slap them.
Therefore I am posting this sticky to get feedback from /v/Linux Users to decide on how you want us to deal with this sort of behaviour in the future.
The way I see it, we have two main options.
Option 1: Mods do nothing and we continue as we are, downvoating any off-topic, shitty posts that add nothing to /v/Linux.
Option 2: We create Subverse Guidelines that either strictly forbid or places controls on shitposting. For example, having a specific day for Linux shitposts.
Any such guideline would be crafted by the community and have to be specific on what a shitpost was, so it could not be abused or circumvented.
Off-topic spam posts will continue to be subject to deletion, as they always have been. This isn't /v/Whatever, after all.
Any additional constructive suggestions are welcome.
No doubt they will take the mere crafting of this sticky as a victory, but the smooth operation of /v/Linux has always been more important than their egos. So, what aught to be done?