Common Users in the Controversy
Users Who Have Requested /v/AskVoat
2015-07-23 01:42:43: Discussion about /v/AskVoat Guidelines[ar], where AskVoat mods agreed to not take the rule of there needing to be a literal '?' mark so seriously[ar].
The Subverse Request Drama
2015-07-23 03:33:11: A few hours after the new guidelines are discussed, @she requests AskVoat[ar].
2015-07-23 16:32:55: @nomerasques is the first to accuse she of being an SJW[ar]. @Scandanavian jumps in support.
2015-07-23 16:38:13: @nomerasques attempts to brigade(?) she's request by linking it on fatpeoplehate[ar] and askvoat[ar]. Both he and @Scandanavian are there soapboxing.
2015-07-23 19:01:42: When pressed, @nomerasques fails to provide any evidence[ar] and another user (@Scandanavian) encourages other users to not provide evidence[ar] claiming it to be a "bait tactic".
2015-07-23 19:42:47: @PuttItOut puts the request on hold[ar].
2015-07-24 06:26:16: @Ganeshaha: "Why does /u/she deserve to be a mod?" Another brigade attempt on askvoat[ar].
People speak up against witch hunts. (1 2 3 4)
2015-07-26 00:19:42: @Ganeshaha requests AskVoat[ar], using this post[ar] to justify his actions.
2015-07-26 21:47:15: @Ganeshaha posts "Why no one should 'own' AskVoat"[ar].
2015-08-07 23:47:37: @nomerasques:
Yeah well, ok, you got me, I love drama. sue me. And I am only putting about 10% effort, wait until they catch me inspired one day.[ar]
The Great Witch Hunt of 2015
2015-08-11 12:52:17: @she makes a controversial comment[ar] on /v/MeanwhileOnReddit.
2015-08-11 12:54:09: @funroll-loops references 21 day old She request for AskVoat[ar]:
Have SJWs/SRS started their takeover of Voat?
2015-08-11 15:21:23: @gatordontplaythatsht posts about the controversial comment[ar] on /v/AskVoat. The post gets deleted for not including a question mark.
2015-08-11 16:17:10: @MCVoat posts a comment implying that an idea's merit is somehow affected by how controversial it is[ar].
2015-08-11 18:51:24: @SomeScientologist: Another post is removed[ar] for breaking rule 3 (no soapboxing).
2015-08-11 19:53:18: @JTtheGhost makes a troll post on /v/Conspiracy[ar].
2015-08-11 20:07:45: @Represent601 posts another /v/AskVoat post[ar] accusing @she. The post is not deleted.
2015-08-11 20:07:45: @Represent601: "Is it a coincidence that the thread deleted with 300+ upvoats at the top of askvoat was deleted by the mod under scrutiny?"[ar]
2015-08-11 21:00:09: @ElectroLumus: "Do you think we could benefit from a voating system to elect mods and to depose mods?"[ar]
2015-08-11 21:03:36: @ElectroLumus: "Will you be switching to /v/AskVoat2 in protest of the terrible moderation by /u/She?"[ar]
2015-08-11 23:11:43: All of /v/AskVoat is taken over by controversial posts and Shiny makes a Megathread[ar] to explain what has happened and to try and contain the discussion within one thread. Every moderator reply on the thread gets downvoted and hidden.
2015-08-11 23:25:48: KingOfPrussia/JTtheGhost Shitposting Cabal Timeline[ar]
2015-08-12 01:32:43: The front page is filled with posts against she. None of which were removed.
2015-08-12 12:09:32: @CptCmdrAwesome posts "Voat of No-Confidence in /v/AskVoat mods (up/down to signify agree/disagree)"[ar].
2015-08-12 20:43:29: People accuse @SpaceRosa of being a sock puppet of She, as well as @Fact_Checking_Alien in obvious trolling[ar] of those who disagree with them.
2015-08-12 11:24:41: @ElectroLumus admits to exploiting the way voat works to create drama[ar], explaining how in this comment[ar].
2015-08-13 14:43:13: @ElectroLumus:
Which mods do you think need to be ousted from their positions of privlage?[ar]
2015-08-14 17:40:02: @Clayton makes a comment in an announcement thread[ar] challenging Atko on the position he took during the controversy. @gatordontplaythatsht responds, claiming Atko has, in fact, conducted an investigation[ar]. @CptCmdrAwesome also replies in a similar way[ar].
A dangerous view on how moderating should be.
In the announcement post, Atko has stated that he will not "support subverses with moderators who impose questionable rules such as 'your post has to end with a questionmark'". The problem with this view is that it is highly subjective, since it cannot really be properly defined, objectively, what is and isn't 'questionable'.
For example, in my sub, /v/seriousdiscussion, I have set the tone of the sub early on to reflect a strictly serious environment void of low effort, irrelevant comments and posts to protect a value I held early on in Voat. In order to protect this tone, I implemented a few 'questionable' rules that I thought were objective enough so they would be unabusable and protect the values that the sub was founded on. Granted, a lot of leeway is given to many posts and comments depending on how popular they are.
I would like to press the community here for their thoughts on this issue.