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modarchive submission standards
« on: April 28, 2021, 19:53:58 »

I hope the forum submission standards* will apply to MOD uploads and comment/reviews also.

With that in mind, I'd invite whoever is in charge to take a look at this and consider whether this is what you want on your website: https://modarchive.org/index.php?request=view_by_moduleid&query=100026

*Do not post pornographic or any disruptive, unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, hateful, racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable content.
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Re: modarchive submission standards
« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2021, 18:34:25 »

I have removed the comment on the module.

But just to be clear on the module itself - it may not be what we want to have on the website, but it's 17 years too late for that. As an archival site, we generally don't delete stuff because we think that something is tasteless, offensive, is not up to today's standards anymore or has similar issues (as long as it doesn't break any laws, of course). Generally we of course try to avoid getting that kind of stuff into the archive to begin with, but based on the date, this module in particular could have even been an automated import from another module archive and thus noone might have ever reviewed it in person.
So what are the options - Discuss it and criticize it? Absolutely. Delete it? There's no point in doing that, it would essentially be whitewashing. We're all aware that some people have released really dumb things into the scene when they were teeangers. We should reflect on that and do better ourselves, and in particular not post terrible comments like the one on that comment. But I think what we shouldn't do is going on a censorship spree and delete everything we find questionable.
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Re: modarchive submission standards
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2021, 15:06:18 »

I understand your rationale, and I think other archivists would agree about the whitewashing point

One thing I would suggest is that you put an official disclaimer on the entry yourselves to show that you don't condone this, but have decided to keep it as a historical item - or whatever your reason is, etc. I think this is important, otherwise the only discussion (as you have seen) has been a commenter saying they also "hate ni**ers". Not exactly what modarchive.org needs to be facilitating. Otherwise, it can appear (as it did to me) that you support and enjoy this kind of "music" as much as any other 🤮
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