Posted on: 11/18/23 11:02AM
The problem is people can bot upvotes on any given post. Due to someone botting upvotes, the top posts now are unremarkable excerpts of a completely random and forgotten anime, and a bad CGI image of a robot dinosaur. Which I dislike, because there was a time where the top posts seemed much more legitimate.
While posts in general may earn human upvotes, any scripting nerd with a petty grudge can just bot whatever posts they want. Including horrible fetish images or low quality work. It's not really a reliable source of what's good and what's not.
That totally almost never happens, there are just like 20 posts in the top which are clearly a joke from mods or a random troll.
That's where mods job enters, of course if it is a post that breaks the rules it's gonna be deleted, that's exactly why I emphasized so much SUBJECTIVE deletion reasons such as this one which I accidentally found yesterday thanks to the last comment: video-cdn3.gelbooru.com/i...055f6c5b9bf27ca214ea.webm
). It had 184 upvotes, a comment complimenting the animation (with support of the community) and another one sad about the deletion of it. I'm not into furries and the animation is clearly not the best, but you can clearly see that the guy who did it definitely knows his stuff. It really makes me believe that the artist just chose to do it in a "paint style". It definitely didn't deserve to be deleted imo.
What I try to say is basically: Moderation should never be based ONLY on upvotes. If mods see something that objectively breaks the rules (illegal content, scat, gore), just go on and delete it, but if it's something subjective (poor: art, edit, cosplay) take in consideration what the community has to say about it. Unfortunately if a good post gets deleted the same day it gets uploaded it's obvious that it will not have the time to get people's support, but that's what the "restore an image" thread is for. If a post that doesn't break any rule has managed to stay up for good amount of time while collecting upvotes without being flagged and then suddenly it dissapears because someone decided it looked bad even if it was doing great... idk, that sounds kinda weird, right?
This is basically a win-win because mods can avoid wasting time on dealing with people complaining in the restore thread for good posts being deleted and for users it's good because they get to keep their favorite posts.