/r/StarTrek, politics, and you.

/r/StarTrek, politics, and you.

For the past several months, it’s no secret that discussion of politics and civil rights on reddit has gotten somewhat er- interesting. Even /r/StarTrek has been seeing a huge influx in bigotry and trolls, and increasingly it’s coming from accounts with no history of posting on our subreddit.

Historically, our policy towards such things has always been “remove on sight”, however since Brexit and the US election, our stance on removal has softened a bit. We feel that the best way for the world to become less divided politically is for people to engage one another, and we also feel that Star Trek (a very political show in itself) provides a great forum in which to discuss today’s issues.

I just wanted to take a minute and point out our basic moderation policy to everyone, so that it’s clear to our subscribers that the mods have not gone AWOL on you. There’s a lot going on behind the scenes that is not always obvious.

  • Blatant trolling, openly hateful comments, and slurs will continue to be removed on sight. These comments contribute nothing, and will be casually disregarded. If you see a comment that falls into this category, please report it. We regularly keep up on reports.

  • Less blatant, but still “ignorant” comments – Things like “transgenderism is a disease”, remarking that having a gay character is “rubbing homosexuality in my face” etc. Will be judged on a case-by-case basis.

  • If a comment appears like a dogwhistle for something more hateful (especially if the user has never posted in /r/StarTrek before) we’ll just remove it.

  • If a comment appears unintentionally ignorant, we’ll leave it up, and give the community a chance to engage and hopefully learn a bit more about each other as humans.

Obviously, we’re just making a judgement call here, and the overall discourse will be shaped by all of you.

Feel free to ask any questions in the comments!

Edit: Concern trolls get lost pls >.<


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