I can’t count how many low effort memes have amounted thousands upon thousands of upvotes here. Memes every week reaching the #1 spot, oftentimes with 8k upvotes. It is harmful to the subreddit because it turns this place into some kind of Insta-Conspiracy™ slapjob hub. It’s tiring to see really low effort memes, usually of the Instagram variety, reaching the frontpage – while users putting in a lot of time providing research with sources, only get 2 upvotes for their work.
I understand that a large sum of users here want to just scroll mindlessly and upvote memes, but it really is harmful for the subreddit. We don’t want to see this subreddit become a place for memes. In many cases, the memes lack sources, which isn’t good. Sources should always be provided, sources are typically found in research styled posts (good). This really is one of the most important subreddits on Reddit, if not on the internet as a whole, as far as conspiracies are concerned (this is why so many shills exist here). I don’t want to see it become Insta-Conspiracy™
Might I direct you to /r/Conspiracymemes where you can view and post all of your memes. I’m sure they would really value your great content.
Rule 6. No memes… use /r/ConspiracyMemes.
Downvote memes! Upvote researched content!
Please. I don’t want to sub to degrade further.
Edit: Moderator response(s):
“In general, out of a deference to user curation/voting, we try to weigh a balance when approaching a highly upvoted post which has sparked discussion(s) in the comment section but may also run afoul of the subreddit rules. While each post will, inevitably, have its own set of circumstances (such as the potential for a brigade or other outside influence artificiality inflating upvotes , which would in turn lead to a removal), we try to allow those discussions to continue wherever possible.”
“We also use a process of consensus to determine if a given post should be removed or stay up, and after discussion related to some of the concerns raised here (and counter points related to the discussion occurring within the post) the decision was made by the modteam to leave up the submission in this instance.”
“There have been plenty of times when I attempt to remove a rule violating post on the Front page and my actions are either reversed immediately or they are bickered about long enough that the initial mod action no longer matters.”
For the sake of transparency, I have formally requested that the /r/Conspiracy moderation team provide the moderator deliberation/conversations, with regards to these two meme posts on the front page. A moderator has forwarded the request to the mod-mail. We are expecting the imminent decision on whether or not they will decide to release the mod discussions. They will take a group vote to see if they should comply with the request for transparency.