- Nov 8, 2017
That was my primary point to raise as I agree. It's something that people have to endure an amount of because it relies on being a pattern of subtle prods than an obvious transphobic comment. If it takes 5 posts to make a clear case, it's 4 people have had to put up with. Moderators only see one post from a report, and the others that we know are there somewhere because we've been the ones affected by them, might be buried in among 500 posts across 150 threads. So tackling it isn't simple, but I think some steps proposed could definitely help, alongside the increase in severity of bans around the topic.Yeah this is probably the hardest problem to address, but it's also by far the most annoying and exhausting. At least obvious transphobia is easily spotted. These Just Asking Questions jackoffs are usually good enough at pretending to post in good faith that they can avoid moderation. There are a lot of them here.
One was in having links to threads like the Transgender 101 thread to direct people with good-faith questions to, so they don't congest the current thread while also allowing us to educate. Having to be diverted to troll in an old widely-used thread isn't as fun as the current active one, reducing the kick people get from it. If they continue they walk a thinner line as it's been made clear that general questions around identity etc. should be forwarded to the 101 (or other).
In addition a couple of staff members said they would be fine being a point of contact moving forward for reporting ones we did see. If I were to spot someone posting in bad-faith and knew they were only there to troll based on past history, I could put the posts in question into a PM to them, detailing some of the context and the pattern and these would be reviewed in addition to any reports. Hopefully over time this will help mods identify some of the behaviours we're affected by more keenly, while meaning we don't have to put up with them for as long.
Staff post I imagine will lay out the scope of the changes and implementations, but wanted to give some context because it's very much something that has been rife in the past and is extremely aggravating. Hopefully through the above and other changes we can both reduce the amount interested, and sooner identify those that still are.
These should help give some context: 1, 2 & 3.
As you can see from the OP, recent steps have been much more positive.
I wanted to to say thank you to all involved. Having just recently joined the TransEra community, I'm glad to see progress made to make the site more welcoming and safe. One good thing (of hopefully many) that came out of this, for me personally, was it got me to check out the TransEra OT, which then got me to admit some very important things about myself. Places like this matter and what people say here can have life altering effects, both good and bad. I really want this community to thrive, so more people like me can connect with others and know they aren't alone.