The purpose of this community is to draw attention to - and elicit meaningful action upon - instances of the growing problem of radicalization on Reddit.
We call for moderators and admins to take responsibility for their roles in the meme-ification & normalization of:
"Hate Subreddit" is defined here in AHS as:
Reddit communities that exist primarily and materially for the purpose of incitement to hatred --
hatred against a group of persons, or a specific person, on the basis of:
• race • ethnicity • national origin • gender • religion • sexual orientation • other inherent characteristics.
Hate subreddits regularly show disdain for human rights and emotions, the results of academic research, and, of course, basic human decency.
"In a racist society, it is not enough to be non-racist, we must be antiracist.” — Angela Davis
• We organise resources for moderators to help them be educated about hatred and harassment - how to identify and combat it.
• We organise a community to :
• Identify subreddits which host or promote cultures of hatred
• Report items (posts / comments) in those subreddits which violate the Reddit Content Policies. Hate speech is a violation of the Reddit Content Policy against Harassment.
• Act in Good Faith - We take /AgainstHateSubreddits' mission seriously, and you should, too. Irony poisons sincerity, and bigots rely on tiring people out by making them wonder "is this person just joking or are they sincere?". Irony provides a shield for bigots.
Don't ask people to vote on items. Don't ask people to go to hate subreddits and dogpile comments on them.
We don't do those things - because they are violations of the content policies, and because they serve the goals of bigots.
We will ban accounts that do these things.
"When these people come for you, they cannot be reasoned with. When well-intentioned people fall for bad-faith tactics, bad-faith people continue to employ them."** -- Lindsay Ellis
• We DO NOT organise offsite. We do not, and never have had, a Discord for AHS. We have a Slack channel, where we organise our moderation team and only our moderation team.
If someone tells you that they've seen an AHS Discord / IRC Channel / Pinterest / Tumblr / whatever - that person is lying to you to smear our moderators and users, and is probably a neoNazi. Those are not the first time they've tried to fake evidence of moderators being paedophiles, and it will not be the last time either.
• We DO NOT participate in posts / threads / comments in hate subreddits. We don't vote; We don't comment; We don't feed the trolls. Engagement and recruitment is Priority #1 of bigots - they don't want to debate you sincerely -- they want you to get angry, and bring your friends, and have those friends bring their friends - so they get lots and lots of attention and an audience and a list of potential recruits. They want to steal time and peace of mind from us, divide us and fracture our united front. Don't fall for it.
• We DO NOT amplify the hate messages of the bigots. Censor slurs in your posts and comments wherever possible. Use the NSFW tag on your posts if submitting material that is patently offensive, hateful, pornographic, unsuitable for a work environment, etc. Use an archive service to submit posts wherever possible to make it inconvenient to join the bigot's efforts.
If you are a bigot, and you want to participate here, you must do so in Good Faith -- if you come here to platform your bigotry, recruit, proselytise, or abuse people: you will be promptly banned. Your only reason to participate here is to help you find a way to get away from the people reinforcing your bigotry.
• We DO NOT Debate Economic Theory There are other venues, of varying quality, and varying effectiveness, to recruit people to defend or critique capitalism / communism / barter / mutualism / welfare / Bitcoin / the Dahrendorf hypothesis / Bayesian regret. THIS IS NOT THE PLACE FOR THOSE.
• We DO NOT delete or retroactively radically edit comments. That's Bad Faith.
• We are NOT your Personal Army. If the members of one demographic are traditionally vilifying / vilified by another demographic, we will not "take sides" "for" the representatives of either demographic using their respective subreddits as proxies - No International Political Slapfighting.
We do make exceptions for subreddits, named for a demographic or international geographic compartment (i.e. country), that are clearly being operated to platform hatred. Those require substantial, objectively evaluatable evidence of a pattern of hatred, bigotry, harassment, or violence, and the misfeasance of the moderators of the subreddit. We do not want submissions of 4-month old comments by suspended users that never went live or which received no upvotes, in innocent / well-moderated subreddits.
• We DO NOT accept posts about Child Sexual Exploitation material on Reddit. Because of legal and ethical considerations, we do not allow the use of /AgainstHateSubreddits to direct attention to sexual or suggestive content involving minors on Reddit -- nor for making allegations that any content on Reddit is sexual or suggestive content involving minors.
Please report any content which you reasonably believe to be sexual or suggestive content involving minors using this link:
Please do not solicit other people to view such material, nor direct others as to where to locate it. That can be distribution of obscene material. It's also traumatic for people exposed to it. Don't share links to it with anyone but the Reddit admins, your attorney where applicable, and law enforcement!
You can also use the resources of the FBI via this webpage: https://www.fbi.gov/investigate/violent-crime/cac
and the US Department of Justice via this webpage: https://www.justice.gov/actioncentereport-crime#child
This has been our long-standing policy - we refuse to amplify child sexual exploitation.
• We DO NOT back down and we DO NOT compromise. Bigots want to run Reddit "from the bottom", Mafia-style -- by spreading Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt.
They have a track record of smearing people, harassing people, trying to ruin people's lives, trying to run them off Reddit, mocking and ridiculing them, wasting people's time and resources, extorting them into compromising their community's identity and boundaries, falsely threatening vexatious legal action or account suspension / moderator privilege revocation as retaliation for banning bigots or removing posts and comments which compromise the integrity of a community or which violate a Content Policy. They maliciously spread misinformation, rumour, innuendo, propaganda, lies, and scams.
We give bigots NOTHING.
NOT. ONE. INCH. And if you don't think you're a bigot -- but you feel that you can "peacefully coexist" with violent white supremacists, neo-Nazis, the Khmer Rouge, the KKK, the "alt-Right"?
... Historians have a word for the people who went along with the Nazis. That's "Nazi". Or, sadly, "Victim of the Nazis". Als sie die Juden holten, habe ich geschwiegen; ich war ja kein Jude
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