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    Steam developer gets banned for “Very Positive” review trickery / ArsTechnica · Wednesday, 17 February - 22:10 · 1 minute

An archived copy of <em>Emoji Evolution</em>

Enlarge / An archived copy of Emoji Evolution 's Steam store page shows how hard it is to distinguish the developer's "Very Positive" name from the merely "Positive" review summary (on the right).

Here at Ars, we've covered Valve banning Steam game developers for everything from sexual content and gratuitous ultra-violence to ill-defined "trolling" . But we've never before seen a case where a developer got kicked off of Steam just because of its (non-infringing) name.

That's just what happened to Emoji Evolution developer Very Positive, which said on Twitter Saturday that its developer account had been banned for "review manipulations." Unlike other prominent examples of Steam user review manipulation , though, Very Positive didn't do anything to unduly skew the reviews players posted for its games.

Instead, Very Positive exploited a vagary of the Steam store's user interface. That interface displays a game's developer and publisher name in the same font, color, and general area as the written summary of that game's overall user review summary (e.g. "Overwhelmingly Positive," "Mixed," "Mostly Negative," etc.) Thus, it was hard for users to distinguish at a glance that the "Very Positive" developer name wasn't an accurate summary of Emoji Evolution 's actual user reviews (which ranged from "Mixed" to "Mostly Positive" according to screenshots).

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    Decentralized Social Networks Report: How Flexibility Deals With Trolls And Scalability In the Fediverse

    Danie van der Merwe · / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Sunday, 3 January - 11:08

A very interesting report back from some research conducted in 2020 around how Fediverse social networks deal with scalability as well as moderation (or not) of trolling. This is also a must-watch if you don't know much about the Fediverse.

It's very true users migrate either toward instances where you have more rules or fewer rules, and the Fediverse does allow this type of flexibility to accommodate everyone. The video explains how moderation is managed differently on decentralised networks versus large centralised networks such as Facebook and Twitter.

It underlines again you must select your social network instance based on its terms of use as you need to abide by those rules, and can expect moderators to enforce the same rules. If an instance has few rules, then don't expect much moderation on that instance.

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