Question about the Funsub rules
by mialinay · 18 comments 1 week ago
mialinay · 1 week ago
@SuperDave this is the second time a post of mine has been removed because it's political, and I've read the funsubstance rules like 5 times by now, why can't I post it? It was still fun.
Not to start a fight or anything, I just think it should be mentioned in the rules if I'm not allowed to post it.
fly_to_mordor · 1 week ago
There are rules?!
timebender25 · 1 week ago
Yeah, you see the thing at the bottom? With the keyboard shortcuts when on PC.

"About - FAQ - Contact - [Rules] - Terms - Privacy - Feedback"
fly_to_mordor · 1 week ago
Well, guess who's giving it a read tonight. :)
xvarnah · 1 week ago
Never know for sure. I've posted memes with political ideas. Sometimes they stay, sometimes they get the axe. Same with watermarks at times. Granted I'm not trying to post content not permitted, but sometimes it happens
SuperDave · 1 week ago
In my opinion political posts are always going to bring negative vibes, that's why we should stay away from those. I'll add it to the rules.
riyriamistborn · 1 week ago
Is there a way to block political ads then? I'm super sick of Trump getting shoved down my throat on every other page...
SuperDave · 1 week ago
We have a filter already for political ads, unfortunately its impossible to block 100% of them
xvarnah · 1 week ago
Political posts are already mentioned in the rules, but not very well defined. I see memes slagging on Trump and Trudeau and Winnie the Pooh and King Kong Un, and wars, and UN aid, etc etc etc all the time. And I don't have a problem with that, or want it to go away necessarily. So if you're planning on removing political posts I feel you're going to run into a consistency problem
SuperDave · 1 week ago
If the majority feel we should keep then we will keep. Then make sure the ones you want out are reported! thanx
lolcats121 · 1 week ago
So the official stance is that it's a case by case basis whether or not political posts are allowed? @SuperDave
vulture_ · 1 week ago
The two topics that should always be avoided are politics and religion, discussion of the two will always spark negativity.
timebender25 · 1 week ago
Okay so here's my Hot Take that no one asked for:
Banning or disallowing Political and Religious posts is a very slippery slope. And while they almost always spark arguments, they're part of the life of the site. The joy and care of FS is that despite differing opinions we all still get along, we all still come here to laugh at memes. And while yes there have been a LOT more political memes than is comfortable or necessary, I don't think disallowing them all together is a good idea. Sure,t here are trolls that come to spark contempt and animosity. But that shouldn't lead to the removal of the posts. Blame the hitman, not the bullet.

It seems kinda, counter intuitive. And hell it probably is, but I genuinely fear that banning political and religious topics all together will take away from the site, and lead down a very steep slope to the end of the site as an enjoyable platform for everyone who enjoys it today. A Utopia is never built to last.
timebender25 · 1 week ago
But anyways, no one asked so I'm gonna go chill in the aether for a while.
xvarnah · 1 week ago
I've had several topics about religion on this website that have gotten significantly less heated than similar conversations I've seen about much less significant things
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And, again, then you run into the:
"No religion you say? So does that mean no resurrection memes? No memes about hijabs? Do we ban Christmas memes entirely? What about memes related to pedophilia in the Catholic church?
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What about the memes relating to people think churches should be forced to pay taxes?"
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Where is the line? I posted a song awhile back that mentions Jesus by name at one part, is that unacceptable?
xvarnah · 1 week ago
Religion and politics are hot-button topics, but they far from always spark negativity. And people SHOULD be able to have discussions about things on this website and disagreements whether it's positive or not, as long as it's within reason
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Lbtq topics always spark differing opinions but that doesn't mean they should be banned.
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Corona Virus can spark full on rage-fests between people, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't be allowed to talk about it.
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Indeed, if we STOPPED being allowed to, this site would lose much of it's appeal. At least to me
guest_ · 1 week ago
To make a long story short, and I can elaborate the stance if required- I think that the “let it pass (so long as it is from humans and not bots) and review based upon reports, is probably the best way to handle “political” content. Case by case in other words. I think there should be some clear guidelines. That which is a clear and blatant advocacy directly pertaining to current issues: ie: a post urging people to vote a certain way or support a certain candidate- posts which negatively compare one political entity to another, or posts that only contain biased politicking without any humor or other relevance beyond stating an opinion etc.
nicengelman · 1 week ago
I think the simplest way to look at it is that people are coming here for a good time. If something gets reported by multiple people then it's being disruptive. And this is funsubstance, not the newspaper, you kind of don't have free speech here.