My purpose is to not witch-hunt.
The Constable system I developed is meant to be simple and avoid mob mentality.
Constables are trained with these 3 guidelines
3.1: Make sure they understand that they hold no authority in the servers they are placed in
3.2: Train them to be subtle- to take things literally yet not ask pointed questions which might be exploited by impersonators or liars for predatory reasons (i.e not ask directly for age)
3.3: Learn to always capture evidence
Knowing ToS and guidelines is a pre-requisite that a Constable requires though they will be able to access them easily with a 2 click to channels that list the ToS and guidelines of Discord.
Once done- Constables are sent on a INDIVIDUAL level to servers to report violations to Server moderation and- within 6-48 hours, Discord Trust and Safety.
Constables as part of their duty are not to become a authority within these servers. The most that’d be tolerated would be a notice that they have been reported by The Constables of Discord.
Constables would only be centralized by the Discord Server and a few docs that act as instructions and a database. These would be used to track reports (with a screenshot of the report form filled out).
Any attempt by constables to use mob-mentality or get multiple reports would be punished as witch-hunting is a form of harassment, which directly goes against Discord Guidelines and ToS.
If we gained traction from more than a few members- we might introduce a trial or “proving” period for newer Constables of the Constabulary
What these should solve:
Constables being sent individually should help to prevent mob-mentality within the Constabulary.
Reports would be tracked to prevent mass-reporting, which is often carried out in a witch-hunt.
Extensive training should weed out trolls and reveal only the core of a community willing to keep Discord safer.
Trial periods would mean that people have to show their dedicated- the more dedicated they are and the longer they’ve been exposed to anti-witch-hunting reinforcement, the more effective they will likely become if they choose to stay after the trial period and the more careful they’ll try to be- as they’ve already sunk a fair chunk of time into it.
Extra: If we did go with witch-hunt-like tactics (which I’m trying to actively and subliminally prevent in every method possible), we’d be considered harassers and would violate Discord ToS and Guidelines. Our job is to report violations- not start violating.
@Yarrrr I hope this summarized what worries you might have and the potential solutions I have to them.
I HAVE NOT MADE THIS YET- This is a concept and is open to change. Your concerns have made me double check my idea and have made me decide to refine it more by potentially adding what I mentioned above.
I hope those ideas convince YOU to double-check your opinion that our aim is witch-hunting- we wholeheartedly despise harassment and toxicity to the point of harassment and we do want to leave a positive impact.
Having our server be public and having the ability let idea’s boil over to the rest of the community is a long term decision. Our goal is not harassment- we clearly don’t want that, our real test would be to see if we could grow nicely while trying to stop harassment becoming a issue in the Constables of our Constabulary. We hope that by having it public- (IF WE SUCCEED) we can eventually let this idea of following Discord ToS and Guidelines promote other people to report violations to Trust and Safety- to learn how to report and to generally have a positive ripple effect carry out through a portion of Discord’s Community.
Don’t smash it all down for the potential of bad.
Help us push to reach the potential of the good.