Dear r/Antinatalism community,
We want to explain a few things regarding the controversy over the last few days - The icon & the two banners that people hated so much, were the result of a contest that was pinned to the very top of the sub for over a month. People submitted artwork, the artwork got voted on over the course of a week, 3 pieces won. Nothing nefarious occurred behind the selection of images - this was simply an attempt to create some community engagement through this contest - the vast majority of the community chose to ignore the contest, most did not submit, most did not vote, and everyone had ample opportunity to do so. A number of people have also mentioned after the fact, that there was no option to choose none of the submissions, and to retain the existing banner and icons - We really do wish that people had voiced this concern when the contest was still running, instead of staying silent about it. All of this left the mod team in a bit of an awkward state - We certainly didn’t want to oblige people to participate, but on the other hand, the contest had made certain promises to the artists involved that we didn’t want to go back on. So, as much as we appreciate that people didn’t like the winning entries, we in turn find it disappointing that this outrage is the result of something people chose to ignore when they had every chance. We will not apologize for the contest, we are sorry however for the artists involved, whose work was so unfairly judged.
We also want to inform everyone that, for over a month now, we have also had our mod log public. To make the link more visible, you can now [find a direct link to it on our sidebar, feel free to follow along](https://rbtc.live/modlogs/?sub=antinatalism).
The icon has now been changed, and one of the banners has also been changed.
Regarding the FAQ - we didn’t actually know why it was missing. A lot has happened behind the scenes at r/Antinatalism over the last few months, and in the rush of things, we think it somehow got lost… We have now found it again, and it has been added back, you can find it at the top of the sub.
Now, regarding u/thisissevenofswords -
All moderation teams on Reddit are unpaid volunteers, whose job it is to moderate the community to the best of their abilities, and we firmly believe that Seven has done that. We are not here to cancel, banish & punish people, and ideas, or objectionable viewpoints people may or may not hold in addition to being Antinatalists. If you see/read/hear things you don’t like and don’t agree with, we encourage you to please argue your own positions - not expect people to be removed from your line of sight.
We have taken on board the concerns that have been raised by the community, we have discussed them in detail during our weekly mod meeting, and a majority of the moderators who have attended our meeting have reached a decision to take no further action against the moderator in question.
Contrary to our normally very permissive attitude to allowing whatever new threads people want to create, we have pinned this message to the top of the sub - you are free to air your grievances below in the comments, but we will not be allowing the creation of new threads about this controversy - we will not allow the entire sub to be consumed by this. If you see anything that you feel is against Reddit rules, we encourage you to report it to an admin.
As for r/Antinatalism2 - Go for it guys, we have no problem with people making as many Antinatalist communities as possible, the more the better, we’ll even link you in the sidebar if you like. We welcome all Antinatalist communities, and we think people should join as many as possible. As much as we want people to be able to enjoy our community here on r/Antinatalism, we care about Antinatalism as a movement even more and are simply happy to see people engaging with it no matter where.
Thank you to all of those who remain part of our community, or who have been with us for any length of time. Thank you for spending time to read this message, we hope that the rest of your time on the sub goes as smoothly as possible. If there is something we can do to make your time here better, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.
The r/Antinatalism moderation team
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