Hi, and sorry for my bad English, I live in Europe and English is one of the 4 languages I speak.
I moderated the Dream Market subreddit until it got banned 1 week ago. I am not a Dream Market staff and I am not affiliated with them in any way. I don't do drugs and the only things I buy off darknet are prescription meds and some other small things.
I created the first Dream subreddit about 2 years ago, as I had a lot of spare time and there wasn't a DM subreddit yet. Back then Dream was a small market and I posted my affiliate link along the market mirrors to receive some tips for my time spend removing spam posts and phishing links.
Here is how DM sub looked back then: Web Archive
But after the market became No.1 and started to grow someone started to DDOS the main link, so I had to change it and after that introduce my affiliate code to the other links as well to receive affiliate commissions for my increased time spent organizing content, removing spam/scammers and so on.
While I moderated that sub, I never tried to censor posts, ban legit users, facilitate phishing, scamming, ddos other markets or other shady stuff . During that time I blacklisted dozens of phishing links and banned dozens of phishers. The only benefits I received was the tips received from the users that registered using my affiliate link.
There were also some questions remained unanswered to me: Why and who was behind the DDOS attack? Why was I banned from r/DNM for "using their old subreddit theme"? Why were the r/DNM mods spending their time moderating that sub if they didn't receive any benefits?
When my Voat account will have enough "karma" I will create another Dream Market sub, as open and uncensored as the Reddit one. I will do everything I can to keep it open and transparent. I understand that I promote a marketplace that sells illegal and harmful goods, but it also sells life changing prescription meds that are otherwise hard to get especially if you live in a foreign country. It's not the substances that are harmful, it is the people who are using it in a harmful way.
Feel free to ask me any questions.