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Opinion

On Reddit and policing fun

Chiu on This
A short and regular opinion blast from Stephen Chiu

‘Chiu on This’ is a short and regular opinion blast

There are a lot of ways I could go with this, but I’ll be simple. Yesterday, League of Legends team Gold Coin United’s put up a Korean music video as a way to promote its players, and the video was subsequently removed from Reddit. A week ago, a tweet by Richard Lewis saying he and Thorin would do a “By the Numbers” reunion show if he reached 100,000 followers on YouTube was removed from the CS:GO subreddit. Both pieces of content were relevant to their subs and both were removed. The reason is because of a vague interpretation of the rules.

That is a very strange way to enforce the rules of a subreddit as all rules can be reinterpreted to fit whatever you want. For instance, I know a random cat video made to the top of the League subreddit, and that had the flimsiest connection to League I’ve ever seen.

I’ll bring up a real world example: in the United States, there are so many laws that they are beyond counting. The Justice department tried to do it in 1982 that lasted two years, and they got to 3,000 laws before they quit. There are even more laws now. It is almost impossible to not break the law in America, and that is why we have lawyers and judges and trials so that we can arbitrate it. All I’m saying is were those two posts really worth banning? I don’t think so. One was a fun piece of content made to promote players and the other was about a possible reunion show of one of the funniest CS:GO podcasts in history.

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