UDWiki:Open Discussion/Implementation of UDWiki Discord rules

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Background

This is an unusual Open Discussion seeing as it's a meta-wiki issue, but we've had some problems in the past 24 hours on the Urban Dead Wiki Discord channel.

Drama caused by an UDWiki-permabanned trouble user coming to Discord has caused a problem with what the community expects of a sysop's responsibilities on Discord. Because the user wasn't banned once the conversation went downhill, users engaged in hostile discussion and eventually sabotaged the discord channel with inane discussion and @everyone spam. As it stands, the following discord (lol) caused more ruckus than Corn's initial arrival. If 'chat disruption' was a banworthy offence, many rightfully angry people would be banned right now.

I understand why the community was frustrated, while also understanding why the sysop team didn't feel able to satisfactorily resolve the issue as it unfolded. On one hand, the community expects fair and decent decision to be meted out efficiently. But on the other hand, sysops don't usually make up rules on the fly. They interpret rules that are decided upon by the community.

Well, I think this is a good chance for us all to discuss whether we should make some ground rules for Discord that the sysops feel more comfortable enforcing. They need to be fair, quickly enforceable, and hopefully not require a drastic increase in oversight. I think it needs to reflect the principles of the wiki, ie. no civility policy. But focus more on avoiding derailment of discussion that temporarily ruins the Discord channel for its regular uses.

Things I think we should avoid is a system as onerous on discussion as UDWiki's vandal system. It needs to be something sysops can quickly act on.

For other users of Discord channels with functioning rules systems, please share them. I'm familiar with IRC systems, not so much Discord, as it stands. Any examples are helpful.

And if anyone wants to discuss the actual drama that unfolded in the past two days, please hash it out on the talk page if necessary. Bring it up if relevant here, but let's focus on the rules at hand please. THE CENTRAL SCRUTINIZER 11:02, 16 August 2018 (UTC)

General Discussion and Thoughts

Other thoughts I had were- Having model non-sysop users given ops on the channel for coverage might be good. We have an opportunity here to avoid red tape associated with the wiki and do things that work for Discord that don't work on the wiki. I'm cool with keeping this chill and not policy-dictated. THE CENTRAL SCRUTINIZER 11:02, 16 August 2018 (UTC)

The Discord is an entirely separate entity created by Bob and only insofar official as no one has bothered to create any competition (as was the case with the UDWiki IRC for a while when there were 2 competing IRC channels). It would ultimately be up to Bob how to handle and how strictly to moderate it, and to the users to vote with their feet. -- Spiderzed 12:12, 16 August 2018 (UTC)

Bob as dictator on the wiki would make it easier to kill whatever needs to die. I say go for it! (It seems pretty easy to ban a user on discord) -- King AudioAttack (talk) 12:45, 16 August 2018 (UTC)
Having more OPs online would be an excellent idea. The next time the "Totally Not a Nazi Anymore" Permabanned User in question decided to rattle off a laundry list of holocaust denialism, having someone on the spot to take action and forestall another 5 hours of "debate" would probably be helpful. Sniper4625 The Malton Globetrotters#4625 - You rated this wiki '1'! Great job, go hog wild!|||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| TMG 13:27, 16 August 2018 (UTC)
"sabotaged the discord channel with inane discussion and @everyone spam"... that's a funny way to say "drew attention to the infestation of literal Nazis and Nazi sympathisers in the server." Fuck you, fuck your family, fuck everyone who has ever crossed paths with you, fuck the specific people who assembled the specific machine you are using to type your words, you Nazi apologist piece of shit. Igotmadenoughtomakeanewaccount (talk)
And if you think disrupting chat and no-platforming a fascist is worse than BEING A NAZI, well, fuck you etc. again. You absolutely worthless waste of space. You outhouse breeze. You schmuck. You hangnail. You piece of dog shit on the heel of a $1000 pair of Oxfords. You crisp lodged in a tooth at just the right angle you can't floss it out. You spineless apologist for all things evil in the world. You brainless toady. You chinless halfman who thinks being white makes him superior by right to all humanity. You umbrella with a hole in it. You absolute fucker. Igotmadenoughtomakeanewaccount (talk) 14:08, 16 August 2018 (UTC)
Yep, definitely said one was worse than the other. Sigh. THE CENTRAL SCRUTINIZER 22:00, 16 August 2018 (UTC)

Having just come back to the game, just about the first thing I saw when joining that discord server is literal Nazi propaganda. It shouldn't take 48 hours of debate and a signature from Daddy to decide if Holocaust Denialism is bad. It's an absolute embarrassment, and the fact that none of your "sysops" has the guts to make a stand on LITERAL NAZISM is absolutely appalling. Good luck with player retention if this is the first thing that others see when they start getting involved with the game. --Ocular 14:22, 16 August 2018 (UTC)

Most of os already left due to the amount of toxic nazi bullshit. Hail King AudioAttack (talk) 17:11, 16 August 2018 (UTC)

Hi! Sorry, I was technically out of town and thus only had access via my phone for the last 36 hours. Please see the below, and I'm really sorry to y'all and to anyone else who was driven away by the lack of prompt moderation; it was definitely not my intent, and I apologize. Bob Moncrief EBDW! 18:19, 16 August 2018 (UTC

My Thoughts (as a Sysop)

I'm a wiki sysop. I never signed up to be a Discord admin and have zero interest in being one. I'm only on Discord as a way to be more accessible to people who want to bring wiki concerns to my attention. That's it. The fact that I was given the "sysop" label on the server was something that I viewed as a courtesy so that people could more easily recognize who I was, but I have neither the time nor the desire to involve myself in Discord, let alone in its policing. I didn't ask for it, and I certainly won't allow myself to be bullied into taking action by people demanding an immediate response to a non-immediate problem that can just as easily be dealt with at a later time. Particularly so when those demands impinge on my real life comings-and-goings.

As for my thoughts as an infrequent Discord user, if the Discord server is supposed to be "the wiki Discord", then it needs to act like the extension of the community that it's supposed to be. Corn lost the privilege to be a part of this community for very good reasons. As an extension of the community, it makes no sense to allow his presence on the server while still disallowing it here. If he wants back in, we already have a process he is welcome to go through to regain access. Simple as that. Until he goes through it, permabans on the wiki should extend to Discord.

Speaking more generally, I don't think sysops should, by default, be moderators on the Discord server. It's fine to label them as "sysops", but in case people aren't aware, sysops are not moderators, so it makes sense to promote moderators on Discord via a separate process. There may be some overlap with the sysops, but there needn't be. It makes no sense to me that I have full authority to ban people or take other action on Discord despite popping in maybe once a month, while people who are modeling good behavior on a daily basis in there have no ability to take action. Aichon 16:05, 16 August 2018 (UTC)

My thoughts/decisions as creator of the discord server

I did not expect to wake up this morning to see things like "1280+ messages since 5:30pm". I did not expect to be @ed a zillion and a half times. Stelar has already disabled @everyone and @here for anyone who isn't a sysop, which I formally endorse.

I originally intended the discord server to be an extension of the wiki; however, it's not officially affiliated with Urban Dead or the wiki. If Kevan appears, I'll hand it right on over to him, but until then I am technically sole dictator on the server.

Because Corn is permabanned on the wiki, I've banned him from the discord and deleted all of his messages. I reserve the right to ban others.

I'm hereby deleting the #off-topic channel, and implementing a policy that the wiki discord is for discussions of relevance to the game, wiki and Urban Dead only. I'm not gonna go through and delete prior messages that qualify as off-topic (although I might if I have time), but will delete ones henceforth which aren't of relevance to the wiki or game.

I 100% hear what Aichon's saying above. I'm leaving sysops with powers for the moment, since my intention was never for sysops to be moderators, but for them to be readily identifiable (to answer wiki questions etc.), and to be able to assist me in moderating if they so choose. I'll try to do better being sole confirmed moder-tator.

I've sent a message equivalent to the above on the server as well, and pointed people here if they have further comments. I'll try to check in frequently over the next few days. Bob Moncrief EBDW! 18:10, 16 August 2018 (UTC)

I'm fine with you taking the role of moderator on the discord, sounds like a good option, as long as you're happy taking responsibility for stuff like this.
However I personally don't believe ban lengths (particularly permabans) should carry over to Discord straight off the bat. There are uses the channel can have in allowing permabanned users asking to be let back onto the wiki via A/DE through it's regular channels, ie. Someone puts the request in on their behalf. The fact that Cornholioo has made an alt to achieve this himself (a precedent from Izumi's A/DE that we are inclined to unfortunately allow) is something I see as a side effect to outright mirroring UDWiki's ban system onto Discord. They are different platforms. THE CENTRAL SCRUTINIZER 22:08, 16 August 2018 (UTC)
A fair point. But currently, a permabanned user could email a sysop for an appeal, no? (Also, what messages pop up for a permabanned user? Anything at all?)--  AHLGTG 00:42, 17 August 2018 (UTC)
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