But in this case, the moderators are also part of that small but dedicated group of people. And if they pack up & leave, that can spell big trouble for Reddit, since they do a monumental amount of work for the website.
Not unless in doing they can make a significant impact in the revenue coming into the site. See my other comment here. Frankly, I see the exodus of the semi-professional moderators of reddit as a good thing for the site. I would like to see the users regain some of their power within their own communities.
It might be beneficial for some subs. A lot of subs would suffer though. Foremost Iama I guess because with nobody organising amas from people that are not redditors it's going to be pretty hard. That will make a dent as amas are one if not the biggest magnet for new users. Other subs would have problems too, mainly those that are heavily moderated such as /r/science or /r/askhistorians (although I doubt they will leave).
I think it's something that could go either way. Getting some fresh new "power moderators" (ones moderating the major defaults) has the potential to swing reddit for better or worse. Some subreddits require a lot of work for mods, and many have been doing it for years. I suppose over time new mods would adjust.
There are also many communities that are moderated by users who seem to have no interest whatsoever in the subject matter of the subreddit. So actually interested users gaining control could be beneficial to them.
Yeah. Their management of subs (especially the default ones) is crucial for keeping people (lurkers and content providers) engaged in the communities. If they leave in droves, Reddit's going to face an upward battle of having to replace these lest their risk harming their profit margins.
Yeah, I think people underestimate just how important good moderators are. Not only do enforce the rules of the board, they're really instrumental in creating and maintaining a community... that's why I'm wary of Voat's focus on minimal moderation, in my experience that laissez faire mentality just ends up creating worse communities.
I thought Voat's goal was hands-off administration (barring illegal material of course). Moderation levels of the various subverses is up the individual mods to decide.
Oh, my mistake, I wasn't aware of that. I was under the impression that their 'no censorship' stance extended to lighter or nonexistent moderation as well.
I'll be interested to see if there are any entire community migrations from reddit to other competitor sites. I wouldn't have thought that would be a breach of Ts&Cs. I can imagine mods telling their community they're moving to snapzu and to use an affiliate link to sign up. It'll be interesting to see what happens when the invite system is dropped.