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Atlas
Titan
No.1247
Can't Post?
email us at [email protected]
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Anonymous
No.5195
>>5193
Cuz I have a penis
Anonymous
No.5196
>>5193
Why are you responding to a post from July?
Anonymous
No.5383
test?

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/mlpol/ Policy Page and FAQ Discussion
Anonymous
No.5810
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With the revelations in these past couple days, it's become quite clear that the current /mlpol/ policy page is out of date and misleading, even intentionally so.
The most misleading statements is in the FAQ:
>What staff has administrative access to the server, and why?
>Atlas: super sexy owner of mlpol.net former /pol/lack, access because yes
This statement is untrue and misleading. Atlas is not the owner of /mlpol/ and has not been for some time now. This really should have been announced prior to the happening, but that's a separate discussion.

It is not acceptable to leave misleading information about the boards page, because it makes adequate transparency and community input impossible, so it really needs to be fixed as soon as reasonably possible. However, changing it is a very serious issue that warrants community discussion on the matter, so let's talk about what the policy board says, what anyone thinks it should say, and how it should be stated.

For starters, the topic above also relates to the staff rules, particularly rules #2:
>2. Staff will maintain a level of transparency with the community
This rule seemed clear enough when it was written, but now it seems as though it lacks specificity and is open to very liberal interpretation. The definition of transparency is easy enough to understand, but the wording "a level of transparency" is evidently vaguer than it seemed. According to recent revelations, informing the community about a change in ownership was not considered to be within that level of transparency, and leaving blatantly untrue statements on the policy page was deemed to be acceptable under said policy.

So the questions are is:
>What exactly is the staff's standard of transparency in regards to what the board deserves to know?
>What kinds of information are considered to be open to the community?
>How is the standard of transparency maintained and enforced, and what is the decision making process for revealing something or leaving it secret?
>What members of staff are responsible/accountable for making sure that the operations and issues concerning /mlpol/'s structure and community are disclosed to the public?
>On what basis is the community able to confidently trust that the staff is being honest and transparent with them, and how are users able to confirm this other than taking the policy page at face value?
>Does the /mlpol/ staff consider it necessary to inform the community about big changes in staffing, policy, ownership of the board or operations before they occur, or only after the matter?
>In the event that it occurs, do the staff have any policies concerning "sensitive" information deemed too risky to expose? (perhaps things such as personal information and doxxable data)

In addition, rule #2 outlines committments to the community made by the staff, but reveal very, very little about how the staff make decisions amongst themselves, how the staff is managed, and most importantly, how the staff policies are enforced. The Staff policy does mention some things thing in regards to rules are enforced and says in four places that staff found to break the rules face "punitive measures" up to immediate dismissal. Now, several of those lines are as-written described as zero-tolerance policies, but that is also questionable, because although rule #1 #3 and #4 serious and clear enough to call for those measures, rule #2 is, apparently, vague enough to be open to interpretation and has even be observably broken and disregarded either through premeditated intent or negligence before. Earlier discussions brought up the issue that zero tolerance policies might put persons on the defensive and potentially harm transparency. There are surely degrees of accountability between doing nothing and outright expulsion, but those degrees are not defined anywhere.

So, questions arise from that:
>How exactly does the /mlpol/ staff discipline itself?
>Are there degrees by which staff consider and account for alleged misconduct?
>Who is/are the final arbiter(s) for considering if/when actions by the staff violate the letter or spirit of the rules?
>How can the users of the board confidently trust that staff are accountable for inappropriate behavior?
>How do the staff con

The complications with rule #2 also proppose issues with rule #3:
>3. Staff will take all community suggestions into account
>As this is a community site and not a top-down dictatorship like some other sites user input is very important
Rule #3 is in essence contingent on the proper application of rule #2, because transparency is necessary for healthy site user input, and site user input is indeed very, very, very important because it distinguishes /mlpol/ from other chans where talking this stuff on /qa/ for weeks on end doesn't actually produce any long-term results. The community cannot voice it's opinions on matters if they are not punctually made aware of them, let alone if the policy page misleads them.
So, questions arise from that:
>Aside from merely using the board, how are the staff able to ensure that their decisions represent the will of the community?
>How, and through what mediums, does the staff make sure that community considerations are taken into account and fascilitate user input?
>On what matters is community consideration deemed to be necessary in decision making?
>How often does the staff seek out direct user input on matters of any kind?
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Anonymous
No.5879
>>5878
User rules #1 and #2 used be be "DO NOT TALK ABOUT /MLPOL/" listed twice. They changed it a few years back.
The policy page looks kind of awkward with them missing though. Skipping rule 10 wasfine because it's supposed to be an unwritten rule.
Anonymous
No.5880
5881
Tbh, the "no generals" rule could use some revision or clarification of what a "general" really is. /mlpol/, due to its slow nature and absurdly high bump limit (why is it so high, btw?), has a lot of threads that have lasted for months or even years, and series of threads that have lasted even longer.
Generals became cancerous in some regards on /mlp/ and /pol/, but it looks like we've got several that fit the definition but lack the name.
Ninjas
No.5881
5882
>>5880
/sp/ was the first to be excepted, when a number of contributors were banned on /pol/. Anonfilly came later after being entirely banned on /mlp/. It has since and recently been welcomed back on 4chan but there are many fillies who resent how they were treated over there and are always welcome to lewd the filly here.
/mlh/ is a harmless funposting thread that due to that very high bump limit, will not consume the catalog. Also I think there was some drama to do with a 4chan jannie. Anyway, they're fine, as are the other more obscure ones.
The general consensus has been that the generals - in name or not - are not generals in the cancerous /mlp/ general sense, but that these generals are more generally generals.
Anonymous
No.5882
5893
>>5881
>but that these generals are more generally generals
That doesn't make any sense at all, but somehow I think I understand what you mean.
Anyway, the point is that the no generals rule might actually be a bit misconstrued. There are more generals than what you mentioned, like the 2-year old art thread, the writefag circle, the garbage can, the random news thread, the gif thread, the music thread, the "Jewish containment thread" and the various RP threads; all of those could be considered generals. Perhaps the long-term bumping of threads is a product of the "check the catalog first" rule, combined with the absurdly high bump limit, but we definitely have generals on /mlpol/.
The real question is whether or not we really disliked generals in the first place, or just wanted to dissassiate from the cancerous generals of /mlp/ and /pol/? The rule was written on the 4chan board, in the midst of sudden liberation from the trifles of the other two boards, and a high-speed explosion of content; in those two golden days, threads were being made every minute as other threads slid, but the board was still comfy. Of course, mlpol.net is pretty different from /mlpol/ in terms of speed and number of users, so it's questionable if that rule should remain when it seems as though the board users don't really care about it.
It's a hot take though, there were days of debate about whether or not /sg/ should have been given an exeption, and /filly/ had some drama when it was introduced, but whether or not those same distinctions apply to various other threads currently and potentially on the board is worth questioning.
Anonymous
No.5883
Since the mainboard thread has been bu.plocked, I'll just post this here and see what happens.
>No staff member shall use the information he obtains in his position on staff for personal gain, lulz, or to harass/humiliate a user or other staff members
>The information of the users is sacred and shall not be used outside of needs by administration, we don't even have access to IP addresses from the users, we keep no logs, not even error logs, outside of what the website provides us directly.
>Using information for any purpose, including selling to others, data mining for malicious purposes, or for any reason are grounds for immediate removal from staff position, permanent banning from the site, and if the offense is serious enough, main staff will cooperate with law enforcement
Anonymous
No.5893
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>>5882
>no generals rule
Pitching in here, a lot of the rules we have here were written when we were still on 4chan and are a result of the assumption that the mods and jannies wouldn't enforce any kind of quality control on the board, as they do. They were written the way they were to cement etiquette for the board culture. While generals are cancerous, the rule was specifically meant to avoid the situation that you see on /mlp/, where 80% of the board is generals and get almost no content at all. They purely exist to be bumped. We don't generally have that problem here outside of a couple threads (OiE and its offshoot thread) because we don't have the activity or shitposting that results in fast thread cycling, and thus bumping. So I've always assumed that the no generals rule on this site would be enforced to prevent bump generals.

Thanks for coming to my ted talk, here's a horse.

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Moderation
Anonymous
No.5488
5490 5498 5626
I've been a proud member of this community for nearly four years, but I've come to realize that I know next to nothing about how the site is run, or who really runs it.
Let's have a general topic thread about this:
How many active mods are there on the /mlpol/ staff?
Who has administrative access to the /mlpol/ server? (the policy page is outdated; it mentions Fallenpinapple, and nobody has heard from him in years)
How exactly does /mlpol/ vet its staff members, and what process did the current staff go through to get there?
What powers and privileges to /mlpol/ staffers have over the workings of the site?
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Anonymous
No.5887
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>>5886
>failure to abide
/mlpol/ is running fine.
Only you cares, I wonder why.
Ninjas
No.5888
5889
>>5887
Mlpol has been operating outside its professed intent for a very long time. The highlighted section is but a part of it.
Anonymous
No.5889
5890
>>5888
Do you have any proof, anon?
Ninjas
No.5890
>>5889
OH yeah. And had staff adequately addressed the issue prior, this all could have been avoided. But no, as is par for the course, decisive individuals decided to pretend it didn't happen and assume it would go away. It wont go away.
Anonymous
No.5891
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Not sure what actually this is about, because the stated reasons don't have enough merit for such a overblown push for "clear rules"
Anyway, can we be friends again?
Anonymous
No.5892
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>>5887
To: Any Anon
Subject: RETWD
Gaze upon this sequence, backwards, inversely and fowards.
Sincerely, Anon

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Happy Birthday everyponer.
Anonymous
No.5876
The management forgot to make the proper bread, so here it goes.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY everyponer and associated faggots!!!

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MAJOR HAPPENING: /MLPOL/.NET TRANSFER OF POWER, SITE FUTURE IN QUESTION
Anonymous
No.5516
5519 5526 5588 5723
ATLAS IS NO LONGER THE OWNER OF MLPOL.NET

THE SITE IS CURRENTLY OWNED BY PUPPER

THESE EVENTS TRANSPIRED "SOME TIME LAST YEAR", WITH NO PRIOR NOTICE

Events indicated by Lotus (Admin) in >>5498 → and >>5500 →

What the heck is going on here?
What led to this decision, and how was it decided? What does this entail for the future of mlpol.net?
And, most importantly, why was the board never informed of this? If the change occurred last year, that should have been plenty of time for an announcement. When were you planning to tell us about this? The site's policy page says that Atlas is the owner of mlpol.net, but apparently that hasn't been the case for a long time now.
>2. Staff will maintain a level of transparency with the community
I thought this was supposed to be what distinguished us from 4cuck. Does this policy not matter anymore either? There was a time when this community held half a dozen strawpolls just to decide whether or not gay clop should be censored, and now site leadership is changing without announcement?!
What is happening to /mlpol/? What else has been going on behind all of our backs, and why aren't you telling us about it?

Where is Atlas? He's been silent for some time, but I thought he was just being lazy/disinterested, because he was always pretty chill about how he handled the site. He stopped doing Tea With Atlas a long time ago (i think the last one was around this time last year), so the site hasn't directly heard from him for a while. Never did he indicate that he would cease to be the owner of mlpol.net. This is totally unprecendented.
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Anonymous
No.5782
>>5781
I guess that would be appropriate. I'll wait for it and see what I believe then.
Israel Hebrewberg
## Admin
No.5783
5784 5785 5787
>>5772
>Okay, but, like, will you at least promise that from now on you will keep us informed about who exactly is not doing the dream harvesting, and in what role does he not appear during the masonic rituals? As well as admit that benevolent it may have been, not doing so kind-of went against the spirit of commandment #2, as outlined in the Codex of the Elder Ones?
Yes, we can certainly do that. We will make an effort to keep you all in the loop going forward. We apologize for not doing it before. Please copulate with hrose.
OccultFacade
No.5784
Spoilered
>>5783
I want to cum inside Rainbow Dash. Thanks
Anonymous
No.5785
>>5783
please fellate with the shotgun, kthxbye
Anonymous
No.5787
>>5783
I don't know why it had to be done in shitpost-speak, but at least we arrived there. Most of this thread could've been preempted by just saying those things in the beginning.
Now, where did I put that hrose... or did I dream that up?
Anonymous
No.5790
>>5761
I have done so and I received the following knowledge:
-She has wings on the picture
-The reflection on the pads on her back legs spell 'SS'
And of course sexual arousal

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Anonymous
No.5479
5481
Is there someplace else an anon can get those sweet, sweet pones? Is it down for good? Been at least a day or two.
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Anonymous
No.5482
5483
>>5480
Thanks poner.

>>5481
Tried that, actually. I just don't use DDG.
Anonymous
No.5483
5484
>>5481
>>5482
>Tried that, actually.
Believe it or not.
Anonymous
No.5484
5485
>>5483
I dont, actually
Anonymous
No.5485
5486
>>5484
Feels like I'm on stackoverflow here, sheesh. You know I've never once asked a question on there? And half the time the first response is "try google," when I just came from a search engine.
Anonymous
No.5486
5487
>>5485
Oh ffs
https://www.thewatchcartoononline.tv
Shoo
Anonymous
No.5487
>>5486
Oh, uh, well this is awkward. I already got what I wanted, but I guess I won't complain.

>Shoo
Don't have to tell me twice.

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/QTDDTOT/
Anonymous
No.4126
4127 5102 5301
Questions That Don't Deserve Their Own Thread.

What are the bump limits for each board?
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Anonymous
No.5403
5425
Which mod gets all the mares?
Lotus
## Admin
No.5425
>>5403
Me.
Anonymous
No.5472
5473
What kind of hardware does mlpol run on?
Anonymous
No.5473
5474
>>5472
Is it theoretically possible to plug an old smartphone in to a charger and use that to host a website?

Using things like the carrier's internet connection and the phones internal memory, I imagine it would be able to host an imageboard. Not one with a lot of traffic, I'm sure.

That might be a stupid tech question, but in my defense, it's past 3am.
Anonymous
No.5474
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>>5473
Technically yes. Theoretically doing it is the thing though.
That can be done with any hardware with an internet connection and somewhere to store data, and a degree of cpu/ram to handle the server side software of things.
There are also mesh networks and other stuff too.
If they see large data being passed through that is too big to be movies or porn cutting the connection outright would be cheaper for them. It's sending AND recieving, issue is the wide array of connections going to it as a hub of sorts.
Anonymous
No.5475
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>>5474
>t. random asshole

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WHY?
Anonymous.
No.5462
5465
Why was the "Promised Neverland" thread deleted?

I was really careful not to dance around with piss-a-gate, do you guys truly did not get the irony?, i just don't wanted to get the board involved in the controversy surrounding said "gate", it's too dangerous, that's why i called it a proposterous conspiracy theory.

Anyways, feed me on why was that deleted, but THAT thread with the cheese-sandwitch pic was allowed for around a month?
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Anonymous
No.5466
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>>5464
>but its main theme it's still politics
The way you wrote it looked to me like anime mixed with drama.
So, I ignored it without a second thought.
And I agree, /overboard/ is where most fags check what's going on.
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>>5466
>>5465
>Checking that correct assessment that the /overboard/ is pretty nice for quick /mlpol/ action personally
Anonymous.
No.5468
5469
>>5465
Okay, got it, i wouldn't be as confident about that gate thing, and i can't think of anything for my bread besides "pizzagate and the promised neverlandia" right now, but i am very glad for your attention and sorry for the inconvenience
Anonymous
No.5469
>>5468
No trouble. It isn’t inconvenient to work things out. If you have any more questions, let us know.
Anonymous.
No.5470
5471
>>5466
Got it, the quality standards to be deemed a...worthwhile baker, kinda fluctuate around here tho...
Anonymous.
No.5471
>>5470
I will not keep feeding any drama tho, later overponers

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The rewrite of the code
Pupper
Admin
No.4560
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It is I, Pupper, and I am doing a complete rewrite of the code, and wanted to get some input from you dear Anons on what wishes you have. My hope is to make the site more robust and userfriendly, and succeed on both these goals (or at leas not make it worse).

But before I get too far into the new code I thought I'd open up for input on features and improvements you want to see. It is still early in development and it is therefor still easy to change things before I weer of into a wrong direction and paint me into a corner. I am not planning on changing the overall look or function of the site just improving on what we have.

If you got any ideas, suggestions, grievances or fun jokes I am happy to hear them all. Developing something without knowing what you guys want can easily end in sorrow, so I want to avoid that with this preemptive strike asking for what you want to see.

I am looking forward to your input and I will note it all down (in this thread) and us it as help when developing the new code. I am not sure when the new code will be complete so I can sadly not make any promises in that regard, but I can promise I have begun with the rewrite.

- Pupper
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Anonymous
No.5455
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>>5451
Update completed, hopefully no new bug were introduced. Let me know if any of you encounter any.
Pupper
## Admin
No.5456
>>5455
Aaaaand. Forgot to add Capcode.
Anonymous
No.5457
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>>5455
I'm trying to post a pic in thread >>>/mlpol/301871 → and I'm getting a "Not Found" message.
Anonymous
No.5458
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>>5457
Same problem in thread >>>/mlpol/292877 →
Anonymous
No.5459
5460
>>5457
>>5458
I found a workaround.
Posting pics without text will fail, but adding some letters, the post is successful.
Pupper
## Admin
No.5460
>>5459
I will look into this tomorrow (sadly need to go to sleep). Hopefully just a tiny thing I missed and forgot to test.
Sorry for the inconvenience but glad you found a workaround.

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Anonymous
No.5449
5450 5454
Any dual-hemisphere owner knows the threads aren't gone, but I'm glad they got their dopamine and screenshots to post to their discord friends. In the future considering the recent failraid "oh wow we bumped threads off the list haha what an accomplishment" will there be any investigation into a global throttle for creating new threads? Their goal seems to be removing all the existing threads off the last page, but considering the database probably isn't being consolidated and cleaned on the hourly, they've accomplished nothing but making a little work for you. Perhaps a throttling system which would detect too many threads being created per hour, and prevent creating new threads until an admin toggles it back off? Or even adding a feature that retains old threads for 24 hours after they would have been removed due to inactivity, even if there's too many new threads, so that an admin can go in and remove any raid attempts after the instigators get bored instead of needing to flip a flag in the database by hand to restore them? Thoughts?
Anonymous
No.5450
>>5449
A Thread Retention system sounds like a good idea.
The way they're copypasting random english words/phrases reminds me of the way CCP shill drones will copypaste random english gibberish (especially the rules of the stream) into Kiryu Coco's twitch chat during livestreams.
They do this because it clogs up the chat and keeps her from seeing messages by her fans in real-time.
Normally they'd spam chinese shit but then her moderators started banning chinese-spammers.
So spamming random english copypasted shit is their attempt to be less conspicuous than if they just typed "REEEEEEEEE FUCK YOU KIRYU COCO, HOW DARE YOU IMPLY TAIWAN IS A REAL COUNTRY BY SHOWING THE STATISTICS THAT SHOW WHAT PERCENTAGE OF YOUR VIEWERS COME FROM WHICH COUNTRIES! YOU ARE HURTING CHINA'S PRIDE AND HONOUR BY SAYING SUCH INSENSITIVE THINGS, SHAME SHAME SHAME!!!"
Lefties all think the same, even when they speak Bugmen instead of human. It's bizarre.
Anonymous
No.5454
>>5449
Fucking homos.

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