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[–] Owlchemy 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

What do you mean by soft lock? Just curious.

Actually, I post to many small subs with inactive mods. Few ever really need a mod at all, especially smaller ones, so don't see a problem here. If I really like it, and it does become a target of spam, I can report spam to v/reportspammers and it's dealt with. Or, if I choose, i can ask for it ... but rarely see the need, since we're limited in the number of subs anyone can mod, and a mod isn't actually needed there. Anyway ... that's my humble opinion. A non-issue.

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[–] Codewow [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Soft-lock would mean new submissions can't be made until it's reactivated. All older content would remain visible and you'd even be able to comment on them too.

And I only mean any sub that isn't being posted to at all in X amount of time. If you're genuinely posting content to a sub that doesn't have active moderation, that's fine. It's just a bit harder to deal with genuine spam in those cases like the spam wave earlier.

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[–] Owlchemy 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I understand what you're saying about spam. But many of us make occasional attempts to revive old subs that we think others may find interesting when we stumble across them. Your idea would make that impossible without submitting a sub request, which, as I mentioned, is impractical because of Voat's mod limits. That's all I'm saying. Take as an example, v/reloading. I post stuff there that pertains to the subject, people see it in v/all and drop by to check it out. I'm not personally interested in modding the place, at least at the moment, but would be thrilled if someone jumped in and requested it. If it's soft locked, it may never get reactivated ... no one will ever even know it exists. At least as it is now, there's a chance someone will see it and run with the ball so to speak. But again, what do i know ... your spam thought has merit ... but spam janitors could handle that.

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[–] Cynabuns 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

A lot of these subs never go "inactive" because spam hits them.

Like Owlchemy, mentioned, you can submit a report (there's a link in the sidebar for this, v/ReportSpammers) and the sub will get disabled so that spam stops hitting it.

I have a list of all the subs that I've gone thru for 2016 that were created by spammers that are slowly being disabled and will eventually be deleted.

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[–] Codewow [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I didn't realize you disabled entire subs. Welp, nevermind then.

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[–] Cynabuns 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

There's a screen that pops up when you try to hit a disabled sub to message the Admins if this is your sub. They are easily reopened as I understand it, but it does stop the spam from making a nest and drawing other spammers to the sub.