We value discussion, and we’re happy that lists are so popular. However, there is a thin line between users having fun and annoying trolling. Recently (or perhaps not so recently), there have been a few trends that I’ve noticed:
- Users creating multiple accounts to bother other users, publish bogus lists, and generally be an annoyance.
- Lists that serve no other purpose but to start a discussion in the comments section.
- Users attacking newbies who aren’t aware of the site’s cliques/conventions, etc.
Currently, the forums aren’t well integrated with the review site, so there isn’t a prominent place where users can engage in general discussion. We’re working on fixing this at some point in the future. In the meantime, here are a few small changes/guidelines we’re rolling out:
- We now have a way to track alternate accounts. In other words, expect the possibility that you may be banned on all of your active accounts if you are banned.
- We’re not going to allow people to use disposable e-mail addresses in registration.
- Users now have the option to prevent other users from commenting on your lists. If you love polka and want to post your top 15 of 2010 without instant replies of “lolololololol sucks,” this option is for you.
- Mods can now lock discussions that are getting out of hand.
- You can delete posts by other users on your lists. If someone is being offensive, just delete. If they come back repeatedly, report it to the mods in the site forum.
- We’re going to feature 1-2 lists every day or so. These lists will appear above the other lists on the main page. We’re only going to feature music-related lists.
Thanks for reading. We’re not trying to rain on anybody’s parade, but we want to make sure that a few small rules are in place to help make sputnik more welcoming to users.