Guidelines Update: Attack/Shame Stories

Hey Sphinners,

I want to give you all a heads up on an update to our Sphinn Guidelines. In the News Submission Don’ts section, we’ve added a new item — it’s #11 on the guidelines page and reads like this:

(Sphinn users should not submit…)
11. attack/shame stories. Sphinn is not the place to wage reputation management battles. We may remove any submission that attacks or shames another party. Exceptions might be made in cases when there’s significant value in the submission. Our editors have final say over what constitutes “significant value.”

This is an issue we’ve been discussing internally for a long time — I’m talking at least a year or two. Attack/shame posts used to be fairly infrequent on Sphinn and we never reached a policy on them. But they’ve become more frequent in recent weeks and months, and we’ve decided it’s time to make it clear to all users how we’ll handle them in the future.

I hope the wording we’ve published is clear enough. As always, feel free to get in touch with us if you have any questions.

– Matt

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