As long as I have been online, I have never been banned from anything. Well today I broke my banning cherry when I was banned from reddit.
Now I join William Shatner, Zach Braff, CNN and a long list of other distinguished people who hate Reddit.
The whole thing was really very stupid. I asked the mods for help because a user was calling me a spammer after I made my first posts. The Rediquette rules tell you to reach out to the mods in these situations because they will appreciate it and it will help show you have good intentions. So I reached out to the mods. And he responded rudely and banned me.
I was ” clearly a spammer” he said he “had proof” and that my username WebGirl was spammy.
This made me giggle not only because anyone who knows me and what I do, I am far from a spammer. But also because the names on Reddit are pretty ridiculous and offensive. I mean one of the guys talking was “dumbassthenes”. Also spammers make a great deal of effort to try to stay under the radar, so they don’t choose obvious names or contact mods for help and draw attention to themselves.
So what was my major offense? I posted a story from my own site. (my story warning Hawaii businesses about DNS scams)
It was a newbie mistake and hardly a capital offense. I admit I know little about Reddit.
I am part of a lot of very large online communities from social networks to gaming forums, so it was strange to be banned after going to someone for help.
Reddit is not known to be a friendly place, mods don’t like to be challenged. Reddit rules are inconsistent, the people are confrontational and the enforcement of the rules changes from person to person. Unlike Twitter or Facebook, you can be banned if they don’t like you. And it is not newbie friendly. People come to Reddit , thinking it is like other social networks and they see people posting links and sharing their own content so they think it is ok. They get banned and have to delete their accounts and try again. One writer from Mashable said it took her 10 tries! If the folks at Mashable are having issues then I don’t feel bad at all
I just feel that mods should give you a warning first unless you are overly abusive or offensive. Allow you a chance to fix it or remove the content in question and let them know why. People are contributing to their community so rudeness and snap judgements just gets the Reddit community a bad rep. A moderators job is to put his personal feelings aside and do what is in the best interest of the community.
Reddit tells you that when you encounter an issue with a rude Redditor, try introducing yourself, showing them who you are and what your intentions really were and if that doesn’t work, reach out to the lower level mods and ask for their help and lastly to post publicly about it and call them out.
If you decide to join a Reddit community, be sure to read all the rules before posting. Introduce yourself to the mod and the users first and tell them you are new and need help. Comment a lot and try and help people asking questions that you have answers for first, before trying to post any links. Be careful of your name choice (still confused about that one considering the crazy names people use there).
Basically Reddit wants you to earn your place, otherwise expect to have to start over multiple times.
***Hawaii Reddit Reddit mods fastest banning finger in the Pacific, Mahalo for the experience!