Here is the modlog: https://voat.co/v/worldnews/modlog/deletedcomments
And here is the screencap: https://slimgr.com/image/R1b
The top comment is a little borderline because the user pasted it into a couple of news discussions. But to be fair many of us have done this on occasion when a discussion on a major headline spans a couple of threads. In this instance @novictim should have just permalinked to his comment to avoid the appearance of spam, but anyone with an ounce of common sense looking at his post history would have seen that he is not a spammer. In fact, look through the post histories of each of the 3 users in the modlog and tell me where they are spamming (and read @novictim 's comments, he has numerous "wall of text" comments, but they are all somewhat different- the guy just writes lengthy posts)
@chupwn is not backing down on this. Which is concerning. I believe he intends to start censoring comments in this sub and is starting the classic reddit-style slow creep (outlined below).
6 Steps to Reddit:
1) Pick "offensive" speech and allow moderators to delete it. Or use a broad, genralized, definition for "spam" that covers a lot of speech that wouldn't normally be considered "spam".
2) Of course they can't get ALL of it, right? And there are times that we want them to use their own discretion, right? So we start to accept some degree of subjectivity
3) Subjectivity from step 2 leads to an expansion of vague definitions for "spam" and "offensive" speech.
4) Since the mods already have the authority to enforce the rule with deletions/bans, the expansion is enforced the same way (again using the selectivity/subjectivity from step 2)
5) Soon what the mods agree with is ok and what they don't isn't. This has led to a lot of self-censorship and like-minded people staying on while "dissenters" are deleted/banned into silence. They subtly turn users into informers:
6) All pretense of "rules" disappear and the mods (with the assistance of their snitches) simply delete and ban whom they will and no one questions it.
What do you all think?