Moving forward from the witch hunt of AgentLame (self.tech_mods)
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We all know that /u/AgentLame is being witch hunted by a crowd of idiots right now. They really don't care why they are witch hunting him. It's was Friday and they were bored. Some guy ran around with a some screen shots of a mod mail discussion with him where AL made a joke about the guy working for Tesla Motors, and they decided to believe the joke was serious.
Every time something like this happens I get disappointed in the Reddit community as a whole. I've been witch hunted previously myself. It is never fun for the person they decide to hunt.
We have a rule where we remove submissions about Tesla motors that we put in place back in November, because most of the submissions about Tesla cars aren't really technology related. They are about current fluctuation in stock prices, or minor news items with regard to the brand and stuff. There was a fire in a Tesla car back then, where it was just a new story about a fire in a car. If there was a news story about a Cadillac that started on fire, we wouldn't consider that a Technology story. It might be a good story for a news-subreddit, but not for a technology subreddit.
We use Automoderator to remove these stories because wee lack moderators right now. A lot of us are not on-line dealing with the day to day mod mail, submissions and spam queues. That means there is too much work for the remaining few moderators who are active.
That said, if anyone ever sent us a mod mail asking us to approve a story that was about the technology behind the Tesla car, I know we would have approved it.
So, all that said.... I propose that in a few days we make a mod announcement (with the /u/Technology_mod account) where we outline why the Telsa articles were removed (lack of moderator presence) and tell everyone that we are going to be adding new moderators soon. When we add mods, that we will then remove the "Tesla" keyword from the automod configuration, and that we will try to be more attentive to the needs of the community.
I made a thread with the 39 moderator applications we got. That was a lot of cut and pasting. Which makes it sound a lot easier to do than it really was.
I think we need to add a good 10 moderators. At least ten. Maybe we could look to add ten, and then add another ten a month later. This subreddit is really large now. And having active moderators present would be a very good thing for us.
I don't believe that we should make any changes to the automod configuration until we actually get new mods on board.
Okay, that's my plan.
24 comments submitted at 09:09:07 on Mar 29, 2014 by davidreiss666