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A short FAQ about davis_snark [Jul. 14th, 2008|12:57 pm]
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Considering all the discussion of this comm, and as I rule it with an iron fist as the moderator, I thought it would be good to put up a short FAQ. Mods, please link any discussion about this comm to this post. Let THIS be the final word, I'll add to it if needed.

1. What is davis_snark?

A community where people who are annoyed at behavior in davis_square (and occasionally davis_meta) can go to vent without triggering (more) massive drama in the davis_square community. Often, hilariously, this triggers drama on davis_snark. Think of us as a venting system.

2. Who can join davis_snark?


3. Isn't this rather, well, rude?

Yep, pretty much. But would you rather have that in the posts on davis_square, or out of the way where you don't have to look at it if you don't want to?

4. Wouldn't it be better for members of the community to share their concerns about each other's behavior on davis_square itself?

Probably not. One of the charms of/problems with davis_square is that all too often, polite, courteous requests to, you know, flip through the tags maybe or consider whether this is truly relevant to the community are met with snotty "I don't wanna" comments, and then the butthurt spreads exponentially. Don't believe me? Ask the mods.

5. How do I avoid being featured on davis_snark?

Well, I can't promise anything, but there are a few simple rules you can abide by to make yourself less of a snark target:

A) Use cuts judiciously. If it's not relevant to a majority of the community, consider a line or two mentioning what your post is actually about and put the rest under a cut.

B) Avoid repetition ALWAYS. Check the tags for relevant information, and scan the last two or three pages of the comm quickly to ensure someone hasn't brought up this topic very recently.

C) Don't get upset if somebody makes a remark you don't like. If something is truly egregious (hate speech, etc.), the mods will deal with it. Davis_square has very clear-cut rules and they're enforced. Otherwise, it's better to let it go than throw a hissy fit.

D) Don't use hideous formatting. When in doubt, stick with LJ and ALWAYS put flyers and images under a cut.

E) Always, always, ALWAYS think before you post. If you're not sure if it's relevant, don't post it.

Really, what it's about is manners. Respect the time of other people and you'll find, by and large, that they respect you.

6. I see the davis_square mods are members of davis_snark. Do they participate?

The mods monitor davis_snark as part of their job as moderators, so they know what the ENTIRE community is thinking. They do occasionally comment or even post, but they're well aware of their role and they act properly. I'm often chided by them. :-)

7. What do you do as a moderator?

I keep a close eye on davis_snark to ensure nothing that's truly line-crossing winds up on there. Essentially I make sure the comm abides by LJ's TOS. It's a pretty free-wheeling place and mostly the tools I use to ensure everybody plays (relatively) nice is public humiliation.

8. Can you delete comments or posts/ban users?

Yes, although I haven't had to yet.

9. Will you?


-- private contact information is posted without the consent of that person.

-- it meets my or LJ's criteria for hate speech.

-- it otherwise violates LJ's TOS.

Otherwise? No.

10. But I'm offended/it hurt my feelings/I don't like it for some other personal reason!

Tough. Davis_snark is not a safe space, and you do not have the right not to be offended. The only thing you will hear from me, if you just want to whine about how the nasty people on the comm don't like you, is if you don't like it, don't read it.


[User Picture]From: srakkt
2008-07-14 05:44 pm (UTC)
I guess it had to be done sometime. Still, you'd think people would kind of get the concept, even if they don't agree with it.

The ability to vent in a way that isn't itself directly destructive is important. It is bizarre to me that people think that by removing such a facility it somehow means that they're *not* getting made fun of - yes, even by the mods.
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[User Picture]From: thetathx1138
2008-07-14 05:53 pm (UTC)
If they don't see it, it's not happening. Basic human function. Me, I prefer "I know it's happening, I just don't care" approach. Sociopathology is a useful tool.
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[User Picture]From: ron_newman
2008-07-14 05:50 pm (UTC)
Will you link to this from the profile page (or put it on the profile page) ?
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[User Picture]From: thetathx1138
2008-07-14 05:51 pm (UTC)
Will do.
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[User Picture]From: rmd
2008-07-14 05:55 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: thetathx1138
2008-07-14 05:59 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: pierceheart
2008-07-23 04:53 pm (UTC)
that was actually a boojum
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[User Picture]From: lbmango
2008-07-14 06:20 pm (UTC)
no, that goes on davis_snark_snark...
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[User Picture]From: ron_newman
2008-07-14 06:30 pm (UTC)
Or maybe just davis_(snark_)+
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[User Picture]From: thetathx1138
2008-07-14 06:40 pm (UTC)
Maybe it should be davis_snerk.
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[User Picture]From: anomie666
2008-07-14 06:32 pm (UTC)


11. Please tell us some random facts about yourself so we can get to know our mod a little better.

Well, I'm an avid flamenco dancer and in my spare time I raise hairless cats. I'm fluent in Klingon and am the President of the New England chapter of the Dolly Parton fan club.
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[User Picture]From: belladonna
2008-07-14 07:03 pm (UTC)

Re: Addendum

Ow ow ow diet coke through the nose I hate you ow.
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[User Picture]From: thespian
2008-07-25 02:29 pm (UTC)

Re: Addendum

I believe all of that, actually.
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[User Picture]From: thetathx1138
2008-07-25 02:30 pm (UTC)

Re: Addendum

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From: dianalily
2008-07-15 04:33 pm (UTC)
An edit, if you see fit:

"6. I see the davis_square mods are members of davis_snark. Do they participate?"

Just because people like me get confused. Mods? What mods? Oh, those mods.
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[User Picture]From: thetathx1138
2008-07-15 04:41 pm (UTC)
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