Hi guys, I was wondering if we could have a discussion about rule 3 - no memes. We talk about this one each time the sidebar rules are up for review and there never seems to be any strong feelings for or against it. Recently a meme hit the front page after being upvoated very quickly, and rather than remove the post it made me wonder if rule 3 still reflects the /v/gaming community's wishes or not.
So please weigh in on rule 3 and how you would like to see /v/gaming handle memes moving forward, whether that's continuing the ban, updating the language, or doing away with the rule altogether.
Currently rule 3 states:
No Memes or DAE posts
Meme, defined here is: ''An image, video, piece of text, etc., typically humorous in nature, that is copied and spread rapidly by Internet users, often with slight variations.'' Memes are generally 'low-effort' posts (as subjective as that is) that often don't evoke room for discussion. DAE = ''Does anybody else'')
Also, we haven't had a general rule review/revision in about half a year so it's probably as good a time as any to put the community rules as a whole up for community review/revision. I'd like to do that next, after this post has been stickied for a week or two to make sure everyone in /v/gaming's community has a chance to weigh in on memes.
Thank you for your time and for continuing to make /v/gaming the best place on the web to talk about video games!
I'm going through the comments and it seems like the majority is to keep the rule and continue to ban memes in /v/gaming. If my interpretation is correct, it seems like 5 are in favor of keeping the rule against memes, 2 are in favor of removing it completely, and 1 is in favor of relaxing/modifying the rule.
There are some insightful comments on memes' place in the community, so check out the comments in full if you'd like to hear the reasoning on all sides. I think I'll take BillDing's excellent advice and point future meme-creators to /v/GamingMemes as a meme-friendly complimentary subverse to /v/gaming moving forward.
I know it's not possible to satisfy everyone 100% of the time, but I hope this outcome is closed to the wishes of the community at large. If you have concerns or missed your chance to weigh in, please leave a comment in the thread below and I'll see it.
Thank you and happy gaming!