IAB's Community Standards Have Been Revised

Submitted by: squrlz4ever 1 week ago in Misc

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With the posting of this article, IAB's Moderation Team is using a new set of Community Standards. The new standards -- we've been calling them Version 2 -- are significantly shorter, easier to read and understand, and will help us do a better job of keeping IAB a friendly, or at least civil, place.

The new Standards can be accessed at the bottom right of every IAB page by clicking on the Standards link.


To access the new IAB Community Standards, click the sticky link labeled "Standards" at the bottom right of every IAB page.

If you have questions or comments about the new Standards, feel free to voice them on this board. Members of the IAB Moderation Team will be following the discussions here and will do their best to answer any questions.

Here are a few facts about IAB moderation some of you may find of interest:

  1. IAB moderation, in its current form, was begun on March 6, 2018, meaning it's been in place now for eight months.
  2. Counting Fancy, there are currently seven members on the Moderation Team. Their names are listed at the end of the Standards. All the team members, excluding Fancy, are serving on a volunteer basis.
  3. With the exception of deleting commercial spam, every action taken by the IAB moderators is logged. In the past eight months, there have been 165 entries recording moderator actions. Many entries record the deletion of more than one comment (such as occurs in an over-the-top argument between two IABers). In total, the Moderation Team has deleted approximately 500 comments that contained personal attacks, racist or homophobic slurs, pointless bickering, off-topic commentary, or the like. If commercial spam is included into the count, the number of deleted comments is approximately 1,700.

We hope you feel the IAB Moderation Team is making IAB a better place. We're far from perfect, and we know that; at the same time, we are continually striving to find ways to do our work better, as with the release of these new Standards.

Lastly, if you occasionally have your knuckles rapped, please don't take it personally. No one is going to find himself or herself in danger of a ban for an occasional minor slip-up. On the other paw, if the Moderation Team is addressing your behavior on a regular basis, that's not at all a good sign.

Thanks for reading.
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Male 18,342
It's interesting that the users who most often call for moderation are ones who really need moderation themselves. They goad other people into descending to their level and then call for moderation. It's a trap. I wonder if the Mods take that into account? If so, excessive request for moderation should count against the person making those requests. 
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Male 9,305
Draculya We did have one user who was routinely calling for moderation, sometimes in instances where no moderation was needed. In that case, the user was admonished (I forget if a Warning was issued; I'd have to check the log), and the behavior stopped.

What you describe is definitely a tricky situation. The Moderation Team is aware that this kind of behavior goes on and we have discussed it in the past. We'll try to stay on top of it.

Thanks, Drac.
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Male 7,136
Can't lie, i have literally never read any of the rules lol.

Are there any prohibitions about posting pics of large buttocks?
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Male 9,305
daegog Well, whatever you're doing, Daegog, it's working. As I mentioned to another user below, you've never once had a moderator action taken against you.

Per the Standards, pornography is forbidden; risqué pictures are fine. We haven't attempted to define where risqué ends and porn begins, so there's going to be some judgment involved. Keep in mind that minors as young as 14 are allowed to register on IAB and we don't want any parents flipping out. Derrières shown off in yoga pants, short shorts, jeggings, and the like are perfectly fine. I think even an occasional thong photo would be acceptable, seeing as thongs as worn as swimsuits, but that's probably about the limit.

Hope that helps, Daegog.
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Male 6,276
daegog careful, you are on the list.
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Male 9,305
rumham Far from it. Daegog has never once had any kind of moderator action taken against him. When he has issues with an IABer, he's savvy and well-mannered enough to respond in ways that aren't personal attacks and I've never seen him harass other users.

You, however, are another case. It takes a special kind of stupid, frankly, to come onto a board about Community Standards and both harass other users and interfere with moderation. In the past 30 days, you've had 13 moderator actions taken against you, mainly for harassing other users. Just today, I've had to spend approximately one solid hour dealing with your attempts at disruption on this and other boards.

I'm going to add one more moderator actions to your list with a Notice to you right now to stop harassing other users and to stop interfering with moderation.

Thanks.
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Male 6,276
squrlz4ever well atleast i'm a special stupid and not just a normal stupid. thanks for the kind words.
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Male 9,305
rumham Honestly, Rummy, I don't know what you expected.

I try to work with you, try to be friendly, and you turn right around and start harassing users all over again and, more often than not, showing contempt for any kind of moderation. I keep trying to work with you and I keep getting burned.

Addendum: Also, Rummy, let me be clear. I don't think you are stupid. The adjective was directed at your behavior on this board, not at you personally. Thanks.
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Male 6,276
squrlz4ever no its ok i like being special stupid it suits me
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Male 45,280
If they want to increase numbers, I think Fancy should look back at 
whatever content IAB had that drew so many people before... and do that again.
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Male 13,185
  • games
  • funny stuff
  • 0.000000000000000000001% political stuff
  • chad
  • fancy's pics
  • etc.
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Male 45,280
monkwarrior   Golly, I'd forgotten about Pics From Fancy's Computer.
LOL 
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Male 6,276
Gerry1of1 golly

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Male 45,280
rumham  Fancy's Pics were the berries! The bees knees
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6,813
The problem with some of these rules is they tend to be subjective to the point of the view of whichever moderator looks at it.
Will things be handled by cancel?
On this side I have often seen favoritism being the deciding factor
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Male 4,445
dm2754 More often than not the mods discuss what actions need to be taken as a team. There have been times where we have 2 hour long discussions on handle a single issue. And even on some simpler issues I have dissuaded others from taking action, and I have been persuaded on taking action.

We appreciate the feedback, but we do want it to be known that bigger issues are looked at by all eyes.

I am curious as to specific favoritisms you've seen, because that may be something the mods would like to address in the future.
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6,813
DuckBoy87 what incident occurred on a Friday open forum. Monk Warrior posted three times in a row of things he found of Interest. Squirrel forever called him a spammer and a troll and deleted his posts. It's safe to presume that many people find Monk unpleasant  but that's no reason to single him out.

Holy God is very popular with some of the mods  .so his Shenanigans goes on challenged.

myself am highly unpopular and have had many comments removed because a moderator took offense even though I broke no rules. 

But there are many situations where everything has been handled properly and people have been punished accordingly I would say most of the mods are doing their best with a difficult job
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Male 9,305
dm2754 Can you provide more information, DM? We log every deletion and if what you're saying is true, it should be easy enough to find the entries in the log.

How recently was this? Can you provide the link to the board? If I "forever called [Monk] a spammer and a troll" those comments must still exist because I wouldn't have deleted them nor would another mod.

Checking the log, the last time I deleted a comment of Monk's in an OFF was on October 20 when I deleted a spinning and pulsing black-and-white GIF. Such images can trigger symptoms in migraine sufferers and epileptics and one user had already complained about the image. I explained to Monk why I deleted the image and he himself responded with "OK." At no point in the exchange did I call Monk a spammer or a troll.

Is that what you're referring to?

You also seem to be claiming that you've had inoffensive comments deleted. Please provide more information. The last comment of yours that was deleted was on September 21, when you wrote to a user "Oh I see what your problem is because you frequent prostitutes and underage girls...."

We have the screenshot if you want it.

Thanks.
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6,813
squrlz4ever yo did ask him to remove the or you would the basically the same 
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Male 9,305
dm2754 I didn't ask Monk to remove the three GIFs; I deleted the one that was a potential problem and then told him why. I'm unclear as to why you think this is an issue.
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DuckBoy87 good to know
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Male 871
I've gotten to ENFAC Level 1.  How far have you guys gotten?
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Male 1,686
skeeter01 I got nuked from orbit once... but I got better!
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Male 9,185
No nicknames? Fair enough. I don't think I ever used one and they are quite childish.

Been tempted to refer to one poster as Walter a couple of times, but I won't.
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LordJim what does the "Walter" mean?   
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Male 9,185
dm2754 My lips are sealed.
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Male 7,409
I do not see a rule against eating squirrels 
So ...  
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Male 6,276
thezigrat im so goddamn sick of squirrel videos, we get it already..
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Male 7,409
rumham  or rummed ham
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Male 6,276
thezigrat or habanero spiced zigrat calamari
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Male 9,305
thezigrat Hmmm. That does appear to be an oversight. I'll lobby for inclusion of such a rule in Version 3.
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Male 7,409
squrlz4ever  In the mean time
How about lunch?
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Male 1,686
4. HOW TO ASK FOR MODERATION This is a handy way, thanks. I never liked using the contact links, never seemed to get anywhere :/ But now many eyes are on it so it should work well!

2.7 Whaaaat? no p0rn? Not even anime p0rn like this:

[this image has been removed]

Or this one? Tentacles are OK right?

[this image has been removed and the FBI contacted]

Just wondering eh? ;-) Oh, someone's knocking at my door...
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Male 7,409
gohikineko i see nothing wrong with tentacles
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Male 1,373
Mods are destroying this site! There's too much interesting content and the comments are too civil. Remember the good old days with constant partisan posts and endless personal attacks in the comments? What happened to people talking past each other and ignoring everything else? 

IAB is losing its roots, man! Just see for yourself:
Maury Povich once called I-Am-Bored.com “weird and sick” after he played a few I-A-B clips on The Maury Povich Show in a segment about viral videos. Very proud of that moment. - About IAB
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6,813
boredhuman I belong to a group of friends where we get together and we read each other's flame Wars and things haven't been nearly as exciting
And let's not forget the moderators have their favorites.
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Male 9,185
dm2754 I belong to a group of friends...

That seems unlikely.

and we read each other's flame Wars

OK, maybe not.
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Male 1,790
Having great trouble commenting as all personal devices not working with site.  Edge not an option.

Mods are doing amazing work.  I would not still be here, if they weren't here.  Stoney hats off to you guys !
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Male 13,185
punko YEAH HEAR YE!

anyway i'm using brave browser on some recommendations from last OFF.  I just use it for I-A-B. AND YOU ARE RIGHT! THAT EDGE IS TRASH!  I can't believe it.  "faster, better!"  someone should take them to court, it was the slowest web browser i've ever used.  Felt like i was surfing on a pentium computer with 16mb of ram with win-quake playing in the background.
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Male 18,342
punko yes. There Ther iis  something seriously seriousl wwron wwith the the te editor. t  
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Male 18,342
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Male 1,686
Draculya Did you spill soda on your keyboard recently? Lolz lookz like that sometimes...
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Male 114
We have standards..wow learn something new every day  ;)
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Female 9,780
shadistiger Well, some of us do. Don't know about everyone else though.
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Male 11
Great job, all!  Love that you guys are on board with holding to high standards... like more squirrel videos!
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Male 9,305
JHYDE Thanks for the expression of support. I appreciate it as do, I'm sure, the rest of the Moderation Team. And two squirrel thumbs up on the squirrel videos!
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Male 9,185
squrlz4ever Squirrel videos? Sure. And lets hear it for the pine martens.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrMT16J14O8
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Male 140
What was this place like before the mods? 
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Male 9,305
tinfoilhatsociety It had gotten pretty bad. Some of the personal attacks and foul insults had gotten so extreme I think you'd genuinely be shocked to read them. I'm not blameless in this regard; frankly, as a moderator, I'd have given myself a warning on a couple occasions. Things had deteriorated to such a degree that a year ago, IAB had become a website with which I didn't want to be associated.

I think what everyone learned is that since IAB is a mix of heterogeneous individuals who are being encouraged to discuss politics and religion, moderation is a must.
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Male 140
squrlz4ever Nothing shocks me anymore. I seen too much and been through too much to be bothered by anything. So it was just fancy as the moderator and no one else. And second question is fancy still around? I swear i haven't seen any of that persons post   any time recently
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Male 1,686
tinfoilhatsociety I don't speak for him (obviously) but I know he's a busy guy! With work, family and a dog, he's got little time to comment :/ But he does now and then, and I'm guessing her reads/views lots of posts too. 
But the volunteer Mods are the ones going through the comments looking for Spam and naughtiness. :-)
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Male 45,280
tinfoilhatsociety   A couple of years ago IAB was busy, lots of people commenting. 
Things have slowed a bit but hope burns eternal Fancy will save the day
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Female 9,780
Gerry1of1 I sort of miss all the people. However, the smaller group does mean I do know people better.
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Male 6,276
panth753 people are goofy and fun
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Male 45,280
panth753   What did you need to know about the old gang. They're shallow. Pmarren hated cats. There, you're up to date.
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Male 9,185
Gerry1of1 I miss Jake Justus. He had some really good content; historical, mechanical, photo-journalism. A class act.
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Male 1,373
Gerry1of1 With Trump the world has become a lot less "boring." #blameTrump :P (is that how hashtags work? I wouldn't know)
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Male 13,185
Im ok with this.

I think Modding has improved, thanks.
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Male 1,129
I think things have been working just fine recently, most discourse is civil and at least amusing enough when it isn't. The main thing that irritated me was the pointless tit for tat arguments that seemed to go on forever, thankfully they are kept to a minimum. Thanks for the work guys, I realise nobody gets paid for managing the site, it is appreciated.
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3,632
1. ENCOURAGED ACTIVITIES
(6) Don't be a dick. 
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Male 1,790
skypirate not possible if your name is Richard.
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Male 6,276
punko Richard Fingerfelt
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Male 7,409
rumham What ever happened to that race car driver named Richard Trickle?
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6,813
skypirate that's extremely subjective
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3,632
dm2754 There's another forum I visit and they summed up the rules rather nicely. They said if you won't say it in front of your grandma, don't say it here. I like that. Obviously curse words are allowed here but I think you get the idea. 
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Male 7,409
skypirate You do not know some grandmothers
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6,813
skypirate still subjective.
More like talking to your boss when you're already on probation
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Female 6,608
skypirate I dunno, man... I'm a grandmother ;)
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Male 7,409
melcervini  Hell's Grannies
https://youtu.be/Ygy7UDADXDg

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3,632
melcervini Well....

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Male 7,136
If the mods ever need plausible deniability, im your guy.
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