The_Donald has gone private.
Here is the text of their reason for posterity
At 8:41pm ET on 5/19/2017 Reddit removed three The_Donald mods because we refused to comply by a special set of rules that were solely imposed on this subreddit to marginalize the only major community which doesn’t conform to the echo chamber of Reddit and corporate media.
Our mod team continues to stand strong in support of free speech, equal treatment and application of the rules for all subreddits. We are temporarily private in a show of strength against these unfair and unequal rules.
For context, /r/The_Donald has clashed with the admins for quite a while, and had several rules imposed on it, like being banned from linking to r/politics. It is also speculated that the algorithm for r/all being redone and the ability to filter r/all were specific acts taken because of and against the_donald. This crackdown from the admins also comes after a new set of much stricter rules for moderators. While resentments between t_d mods and the admins have been simmering for a long time, there are some specific recent events that have led to this which I detailed in a post yesterday, copied here
Yesterday, this post daring the admins to change the score appeared on r/all for a few hours despite showing a score of 0. Many users inside and outside of The_Donald assumed the admins had actually manipulated the score. (Although it’s worth noting there’s no evidence of this and it could be related to the same glitch that caused the entire frontpage to be r/the_donald. Others are speculating that the post had a positive score before reaching r/all and being downvoted by non t_d users, and then it took a while to disappear from the listing). A similar thing happened with a second post. To my knowledge, the admins have not responded to these accusations.
Today, a t_d mod stickied a post ( mirror ) condemning the restrictions admins have placed on the subreddit and threatning that t_d users will leave. The moderator promotes reddit clone Voat, which yesterday announced it may shut down due to lack of funds. Another user is promoting both Voat and his own site as an alternative.
A few posts are cropping up on like this in defiance of the rule against linking r/politics. There are a lot more posts like this in the anti-trump subreddits but they’re not worth linking because it’s just circlejerking.
EDIT 9:45 EST: t_d mods are announcing that the poster of the complaint and the top mod of t_d has been suspended for 3 days. As of right now, OhSnap’s complaint is unstickied and showing as [removed].
9:55 EST: kaminsky_ has provided me with this screenshot of the “rising” page, and told me it was taken after the first mod was removed from the_donald
10:00: Here is a screenshot posted to Voat of the alleged message from the admins to the mods of t_d. (I say alleged because I can never know if a screenshot is real or not)
10:04: the_donald users are reacting in this thread
10:12: here is a post made by a moderator shortly before the subreddit went private
10:46: The message in the_donald has been changed, promising an update at 9 EST tomorrow
At 8:41pm ET on 5/19/2017, Reddit Admins removed three The_Donald mods without warning. This was punishment for our refusal to comply to a special set of rules that were imposed only on this subreddit and prevented our members from fully enjoying reddit or our mods from defending users against harassment.
We are temporarily private in a show of strength against these unfair restrictions. Check back at 9 PM EST tomorrow for an announcement.
and here is a comment from wearytunes, who is lurking their discord
The general plan seems to be:
Post in pro-trump communities, link to discord, then upvote
go to /r/all/rising and upvote userpage posts and pro-trump content.
The second is obviously because the admins would have to play whackamole with accounts.
The first is a bit more devious. They’re explicitly trying to implicate as many pro-trump subs as possible, hoping that the crackdown from the admins will so wide that it forces all trump supporters onto voat.
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