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Flagging, Removing and Contesting - An Explanation

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avatar OliverFrenchie
Retired Moderator
Level 70 : Legendary Scribe
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Welcome Ladies and Gentleblocks to yet another blog. As most of you know by now, I was promoted to Site Moderator a month or so back after the promotion round came by. It took me a while to get used to my obligations, the moderating process, etc... One thing has become apparent to me throughout this entire process however and thats how users contribute and affect the entire system.

So today, I'm going to write a, hopefully insightful, blog on how to correctly flag, how we deal with removing the submission and how you should go about contesting or disputing a moderating action.

NB: I've upped my text size to 4 for blogs now for easier reading.

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The flagging system is essentially a reporting system for users to use. It helps moderators to see those submissions that need attending to and also indicates to us which users are abusing the flagging system too.

When going to flag, you are presented with a number of categories to choose from that relate to your flag. For example, if you find a skin to being an exact replica of another skin you can report the skin under the categories "Duplicate" or "Unoriginal". But clicking that button and selecting a category alone doesn't help us in the slightest. We (site moderators) have to then go and find the duplicate of that skin to see if the flag is valid. When reporting something that has been stolen or remixed, please provide a link to the original. It'll save us time and will also allow us to disable the unoriginal submission far quicker.

Selecting the category also helps us filter through more important or severe cases than others. If something is inappropriate and offensive to the community (a post covered in swear words for example), then selecting 'Inappropriate' helps us to quickly get rid of it.

When it comes to abusing the flag system, members found repeatedly reporting a user's submissions for no reason or for a meaningless reason like 'I don't like him' will most likely be punished for doing so. The flagging system isn't there for fun, for trolling or for flaming/hating another user; its there to aid moderators in ridding the site of rule-breakers.

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Moderators remove submissions that break the Site Uploading Guidelines and Rules. The reason these rules are put into place, is so that the site keeps up a high standard of content and a high standard of content policing.

We don't take removing submissions lightly, we realise that a lot of them may have had work put into them but at the end of the day, unless it follows the submission rules then it can't stay up.

Read the Submission Rules


A criteria is set in place for the removal of submissions and attitudes towards the removal of the submissions will vary from moderator to moderator, however one thing stays the same. You can keep your content 100% without it being touched as long as you follow the guidelines, its as simple as that.

Yes, having a submission being removed is hard to accept and frustrating after having worked on it but you're going to have to accept that the moderator's word, is the final word and that you wouldn't of got yourself in that predicament if you just followed the guidelines.

Notice I keep referring to the Submission Rules/Guidelines? There's a reason for that. That reason is because you should all read them before posting.

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When a moderator removes or requires a change from one of your submissions, you have the right to PM the moderator that made that action to contest their decision. There are two types of PMs moderators tend to receive.

Exhibit A- Bad
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Exhibit B- Good
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As you can probably see, the second one is clearly the more favorable type of PM to get from a user. It's a calm, well-written and apologetic private message asking a simple question concerning the removal and the reasoning behind the removal of the submission.

Asking a moderator a question, in a calm and collected way, will guarantee you a more desirable response to your complaint. If you turn around and call us "dumb moderators with no lives" - Stupiduser0598, then we'll just turn around and just say

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So you see, you'll get a better response from us if you treat us with respect and ask us in a calm and well-formulated manner. The last thing a stressed angry moderator wants after having ploughed through 100 herobrine mods and kicking spammers from the Server Hall, is a whiney unproductive offensive PM sitting in his inbox.

In any case, they'll probably just sit there and laugh at you.



Thanks a lot for reading and I'll see you in the next blog!


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02/25/2013 3:34 am
Level 40 : Master Taco
BobbyJones
How come you guys don't reply to my PMs. Whenever there is a problem I respond in a nice, calm manner but I'm always ignored :(
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02/05/2013 1:05 pm
Level 23 : Expert Robot
Lava4267
May i ask you do you know who removed my skins? They said they were copied when i have witnesses who saw me make them
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01/31/2013 12:02 pm
Level 15 : Journeyman Lava Rider
DerpyZ
RAGNUR RAGEEE
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01/17/2013 12:13 pm
Level 65 : High Grandmaster Bunny
Yuki
Oli is bestest mod <3
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01/17/2013 12:17 pm
Level 70 : Legendary Scribe
OliverFrenchie
ily
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12/18/2012 5:35 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
jarhgulf
Your'e a good moderator according to me.
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11/22/2012 11:54 am
Level 45 : Master Lad
pdog1111
GO MODS
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11/20/2012 11:59 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
Dangercreeper
Diamonded Now Wheres ma Cookie :P
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11/19/2012 5:29 pm
Level 39 : Artisan Grump
iminer978
Pretty good. It certainly makes a point :)
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11/19/2012 5:05 pm
Level 56 : Grandmaster Pixel Painter
Alpha_Legion
*ahem* Where is my cookie's for diamond, fav and sub? HMM?!

:P Anyway, on a more serious note, great blog. Was a good read. :)
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11/19/2012 4:41 pm
Level 64 : High Grandmaster Dragonborn
9ReMiX9
Exhibit A is what happened when my first mod got removed

Exhibit B is what happened when my second mod got removed.
But it is actually true. Ever since I got some of my stuff removed (LVL 2) I have been able to see what mistakes I made and how I can correct them. Thank you for making these awesome blogs and you have just gained yourself another subscriber!
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11/19/2012 3:26 pm
Level 30 : Artisan Cake
Geppetto
Good one.
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11/19/2012 11:08 am
Level 15 : Journeyman Architect
LV_Miner
Diamonded and subscribed!

For the Alliance
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11/19/2012 4:42 am
Level 20 : Expert Farmer
goreae
when I was new to this site, I did a type a, and now I feel so terrible about it. :C I have no clue who deleted the post, but if you still remember that, and are reading this, sorry. and sorry to the staff for that.
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11/18/2012 5:17 pm
Level 80 : Elite Architect
Nefashus
Exhibit B - 1 of 10 PMs haha
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11/18/2012 7:15 pm
Level 53 : Grandmaster Modder
thecakeThief
lol, too bad not everyone is a nice person :p
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11/18/2012 5:22 pm
Level 70 : Legendary Scribe
OliverFrenchie
:p sadly
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11/18/2012 6:29 pm
Level 13 : Journeyman Engineer
WhiteLava
I try to be like that, but i only did exhibit a once, when i got banned from the chat lounge because i was informing mods that there was something highly inappropriate in the project section, but I said it in all caps, and was considered spam apparently.
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11/18/2012 5:04 pm
Level 41 : Master Fox
ninjahunter120
Nice blog, I really like your logic and senseable nature about things like this.
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11/18/2012 5:07 pm
Level 70 : Legendary Scribe
OliverFrenchie
Thanks!
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11/18/2012 4:19 pm
Level 16 : Journeyman Warrior
Brocktree1234
Congratulations sir. I am an Admin on a private server that isn't very private anymore, so I know what you're talking about. Here is a diamond, and I hope you keep this level of responsibility all your life.
Brocktree1234
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11/18/2012 4:31 pm
Level 70 : Legendary Scribe
OliverFrenchie
Thanks!
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11/18/2012 4:19 pm
Level 41 : Master Zombie
CaptainCarlo
I just diamonded because my submission is deleted today -_-
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11/18/2012 4:31 pm
Level 70 : Legendary Scribe
OliverFrenchie
There's a reason though.
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11/18/2012 3:45 pm
Level 33 : Artisan Herobrine
bmyblake
Ummm, i diamonded were the free cookies? XD jk very nice
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11/18/2012 9:19 pm
Level 38 : Artisan Ninja
HeroGuy426
You didn't get any? Hmm, I got mine, but they were gluten-free, so I burned them. Trust me, you do NOT want to get those cookies.
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11/18/2012 4:30 pm
Level 70 : Legendary Scribe
OliverFrenchie
:P
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11/18/2012 12:32 pm
Level 36 : Artisan Dragon
Lord_Sauron_
Mmm... Thanks for this. I'll admit, this is the first time I actually read the submission rules. Quite interesting, actually... Many a submission breaks those rules. May the wanna-be modders quake with fear if you guys ever choose to crack down on the "More Tools!" mods... xP

Another nice blog. Diamond for you ^.^
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11/18/2012 12:35 pm
Level 70 : Legendary Scribe
OliverFrenchie
^.^

Thanks!
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11/18/2012 12:04 pm
Level 29 : Expert Architect
Flectic
a mod removed some pixel art i did once, and i sent a pm like the second one and got no reply...
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11/18/2012 12:34 pm
Level 70 : Legendary Scribe
OliverFrenchie
Try contacting another moderator then!
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11/18/2012 11:05 am
Level 45 : Master Architect
TheHydraTank_2
Gratz on the promotion! I follow you
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11/18/2012 11:29 am
Level 70 : Legendary Scribe
OliverFrenchie
Thanks!
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11/18/2012 8:17 am
Level 46 : Master Pixel Puncher
Im_feeling_UnLuCky
Hey its me Aloo020 :/ , i have been accused of things i've not done, am a level 10, now am banned :( help?
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11/18/2012 7:45 am
Level 15 : Journeyman Dragon
jordach
I've looked at this and really agree, this place has most definitely one of the most well moderated Minecraft sites. I've seen some that are horrible.

Nice blog, diamonds for you.
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11/18/2012 9:08 am
Level 70 : Legendary Scribe
OliverFrenchie
Thanks. :)
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11/18/2012 7:36 am
Level 13 : Journeyman Pokemon
Lax_People
I sent a a msg like zaphodX's but it never got replied to, im still waiting...
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11/18/2012 9:07 am
Level 70 : Legendary Scribe
OliverFrenchie
Just wait then.
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11/18/2012 10:31 am
Level 13 : Journeyman Pokemon
Lax_People
I have been waiting for a week
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11/18/2012 6:58 am
Level 75 : Legendary Baconator
Jyles
Would be nice for the mods to use precedent.

"An earlier event or action regarded as an example or guide to be considered in subsequent similar circumstances."

It's very unfair when someones post is removed, yet other have had theirs up for weeks/months even though they violate the same rule.
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11/18/2012 6:59 am
Level 75 : Legendary Baconator
Jyles
That said this is a very well written blog, and does give more insight into the way moderators work within the system.
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11/18/2012 7:23 am
Level 70 : Legendary Scribe
OliverFrenchie
Thanks. Yeah you make a good point.
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11/18/2012 6:52 am
Level 36 : Artisan Musician
MinerDiner123
no.
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11/18/2012 7:22 am
Level 70 : Legendary Scribe
OliverFrenchie
yes.
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11/18/2012 6:29 am
Level 4 : Apprentice Network
_nimbus
What?! Moderators are real people? I never noticed!
Naw-but-rly this is a long called-for blog and I'm happy that someone has posted it. Although I am not a mod myself, I have had mod-like roles on other websites and stuff and I know exactly what it's like.
183%! That means diamond!
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11/17/2012 11:40 pm
Level 52 : Grandmaster Batman
smanrt
Hi :), I Like This :)
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11/18/2012 4:32 am
Level 70 : Legendary Scribe
OliverFrenchie
Thanks!
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11/17/2012 10:06 pm
Level 54 : Grandmaster Cowboy
SnargleBlargle
In the bad PM example he said "TELL ME I BET THERE ARE MORE THEN ONE. THAT IS SPAMMING.". So does that mean if I make variations of my skin that's spamming?
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11/18/2012 4:32 am
Level 70 : Legendary Scribe
OliverFrenchie
If its your own skin, its fine.
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11/17/2012 9:01 pm
Level 69 : High Grandmaster Pokemon
Luis
I honestly find the millions of little Ragnurs very entertaining :3
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