Hello from thecollective
We are a bite-size group of people who agree on many things, including the importance of humor; looking at actions (our own as well as others') with history, context, and imagination; the complicated and contradictory role of technology on human relations; and a desire for a vibrant and diverse anarchy. We will do our best to leave our egos out of the mix in moderating anews, but we also don't expect people to like all (some of you won't even like most) of the decisions we make and that is certainly not our criteria.
Posts will be deleted when they do any of the following: consist of single words or empty affirmation or accusation (eg: "this", "this is great!", "boring", etc) especially when the poster is not logged in; meaningless shit talking of this website; posts that are flamebait (yes, this is a judgement call); talking shit to another poster without actual content (eg: "You suck, idiot" will be removed but not--for example--"Comparing nihilists to literary figures is idiotically simplistic"). In the rare case of a post that is sufficiently worthwhile and yet has distracting and stupid words in it, we might edit those words out in order to keep the benefit of the good part, but in general we think that tone is part of the message, and are more likely to just remove it entirely.
As was briefly touched on in the first of the weekly topics, we will be taking long posts and/or long exchanges--in lengths that are unreasonable for a comment section--and putting them in forums instead. Our hope is that this will both make the forums a happier place, where people who enjoy and get something out of longer posts can run and play, and ease the flow of the comment section. Criteria for when this will happen are still being worked out. We are happy to get suggestions from you all.
We don't anticipate posting on here more than worker did, perhaps we will be even less present, but now you have the chance to ask questions, raise concerns (perhaps other than the ones that have been raised already so many times? but if you must repeat things, very well), and give suggestions.
Rollers may come back. If they do they might only refer to the source of the image or some other logistical information. Worker put a lot of work into being funny over the years and we are not interested in opening ourselves up to the bullshit that he received. Humor will still be present, of course, but it will require more effort to find. And of course roller-appreciators can post their own taglines. Decentralization is a virtue.
Now be unlimited by this forum: go forth and be anarchic!