Reddit’s r/Games closes on April Fools’ Day to protest bigoted, "vitriolic" users

Moderators of Reddit's popular r / Games subreddit are using April Fool's Day to protest intolerant and "intolerant" comments. The subreddit, which has 1.7 million members, is closing for the day. Posts and comments are blocked. In an announcement, the moderators highlight what they call a growing problem with discrimination, harassment and vitriolic attacks.

"This April Fools", we decided to take things a little more seriously and shed some light on a growing and widespread problem. "That has affected the r / Games community and the gaming communities in general, "wrote the moderators in a post." What is intended to be a forum for the possible dissemination of knowledge and participation in video games has become a battlefield of ideas in conflict … when that argument descends to vitriolic attacks between individuals on a regular basis without the possibility of de-escalation. that's when, in a nutshell, something has to give. "

Specifically, moderators say r / Games commentators They are demonizing and ridiculing women, color, Muslims and other groups that have been deprived of their rights or marginalized.A page of comments removed highlights a poster that justifies the mass murders of Muslims in New Zealand, several others complain about the inclusion of gay or transgender people in the games, and volumes of people who use racial slurs to attack other users (in one case, counting) "All those who bother with insults to" commit suicide ").

"Our community is increasingly responsible for perpetuating a significant number of these thoughtful and derogatory schools of thought," write the moderators. "We eliminate those comments, we ban the perpetrators, but the problem persists at a fundamental level: the idea that it is okay or acceptable to ridicule and demonize the traditionally marginalized and marginalized members of the player community."

This is not just a problem within the games. It is part of a cultural war of the whole society instigated by people who see diversity as a threat to their communities and interests. But the gaming community is huge, and it is home to some particularly virulent harassment strains, which include persistent attacks on developers, potentially lethal cheating triggered by gaming rivalries and the Gamergate diversity campaign.

r / Games subreddit is not the largest gaming community on Reddit. It is known to have a quality filter that the 21 million r / Gaming subscribers lack, and closing it temporarily is a remarkable statement. (It is also much more significant and less irritating than the average April Fools joke). The subreddit rules already prohibit inflammatory language, inciting harassment, "low effort" comments and publications that do not conform to the objective of "informing and discussing issues related to games."

Polygon reports that r / Games moderators will publish a "meta" thread that will discuss the decision later today The closing publication does not analyze how the subreddit will change in the future, but seems to point towards a zero tolerance policy for "regressive ideas" and the harassment "Preventing the cultivation of intolerance means giving you no ground to go to, and as a whole, there is only space for those who would respectfully participate."

For now, the post encourages readers to donate to a list from charities such as Able Gamers, and life after hatred, he also calls people to make positive contributions to ar / Games. "You are what keeps us going," he says. we see more and you are all that has the potential to be a strong and open community for those who love and enjoy video games the way we do. "

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