We have implemented some new features today that will help Voat increase its transparency.
Reasons For Deletion
Moderators that remove any submission or comment must now provide a reason for their action. This feature was previously not implemented and had forced the moderator to communicate the reason why by other means which was often times missed or not done at all.
These reasons are displayed in the mod log as well as sent the user in the form of a PM for both comment and submission deletions. The PM sent to the users also allows the users to respond to the deletions by replying.
Here is a mod log with some submission deletions: https://voat.co/v/test/modlog/deleted
This is just another step in the direction of implementing full transparency on Voat.
In an unrelated feature we have implemented an additional moderator level called Submitter. This moderation level is basically powerless in a subverse except that they can submit to Authorized Only subverses. This allows moderators of curated subverses to add submitters without exposing moderator functions. These moderators have an [S] designation on the moderator list.
We have decided we are going to consider L3 / Janitors full moderators on @System subs. Thus our previous rule that a user may not moderate more than 3 @System subs remains unchanged. I want to sincerely thank @Cynabuns for graciously stepping down from a few @System mod positions so that this rule is not violated. Thanks a ton.
We have yet to decide on a few things but will soon. These include:
- What should restrictions be for L4 / Designers
- What should restrictions be for L99 / Submitters
Moderator Permission Changes
Based on the community’s feedback (https://voat.co/v/ProtectVoat/1322494)) moderator permissions have changed when it comes to adding / removing moderators. The new logic is as such:
We have extended the length of the ban reason field so you can be more descriptive with the reason for the subverse ban.
We have now created a dedicated canary post. This post will be updated so as to renew the notice. From this point forward we will stop including disclaimers on announcement posts.
Official Canary Notice
Cleaned up Canary text