the evolution of revolution

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Basics
    1. What is UPRISER?
    2. Can anyone submit a link?
    3. How is a submission’s score determined?
    4. Why does a dot sometimes show up where the score should be?
    5. I made a mistake in my submission title, how can I edit it?
    6. What is that number next to usernames? And what is karma?
    7. Why should I try to accumulate karma?
    8. What can I do to get my submissions noticed?
    9. Why don’t my submissions show up on the New page?
    10. Is UPRISER available in languages other than English?
    11. I want to change my username. Do I have to start a new account?
    12. Will you remove something defamatory about me or “my friend” from UPRISER?
    13. Is posting personal information ok?
    14. Is posting political campaign information ok?
    15. Which staff member should I write to if I have a problem or question?
    16. What do all of these acronyms mean?
  2. Commenting
    1. Is there a reference guide for the UPRISER comment syntax?
    2. What does it mean when an asterisk appears next to a comment?
    3. How is a comment’s score determined?
  3. Individual movements
    1. What are movements?
    2. How can I find and subscribe to movements?
    3. How many movements can I subscribe to?
    4. Do any movements have their own FAQs?
  4. Moderators
    1. What is a moderator?
    2. Why does UPRISER need moderation? Can’t you just let the voters decide?
    3. What if the moderators are bad?
    4. How do you get to be a moderator?
    5. How can I tell who moderates a given movement?
    6. Where can I find more information about moderation?
  5. Spam, Cheating, and the Like
    1. Is it okay to create multiple accounts?
    2. Why isn’t my submission / comment showing up?
    3. What is the “report” button?
    4. What happens when something gets reported?
    5. What constitutes cheating?
    6. What constitutes spam?
  6. Nerd Talk
    1. What is UPRISER written in?
    2. So what Python framework do you use?
  7. Anything we didn’t cover?

Basics

What is UPRISER?

UPRISER is being designed as the ultimate platform for rapid grassroots organizing, seeding revolutionary ideas, innovation, launching startups, whistle-blowing, starting and coordinating positive initiatives democratically. UPRISER was originally started in 2009, as a secret social network. In 2012, UPRISER has been re-imagined and rebuilt from the ground up.

Users like you provide all of the content and decide, through voting, what’s good () and what’s junk ().

Links that receive community approval bubble up towards #1, so the front page is constantly in motion and (hopefully) filled with interesting, important posts.

Yes — all you need is an account! However, there is a cap on how many things you can post per time increment, this is to prevent spamming. This restriction is the same for both UPRISER gold members and non-gold members.

How is a submission’s score determined?

A submission’s score is simply the number of upvotes minus the number of downvotes. If five users like the submission and three users don’t it will have a score of 2. Please note that the vote numbers are not “real” numbers, they have been “fuzzed” to prevent spam bots etc. So taking the above example, if five users upvoted the submission, and three users downvote it, the upvote/downvote numbers may say 23 upvotes and 21 downvotes, or 12 upvotes, and 10 downvotes. The points score is correct, but the vote totals are “fuzzed”.

Why does a dot sometimes show up where the score should be?

For the first few hours after a submission is created, the score is not displayed. This is intended to mitigate the bandwagon effect.

I made a mistake in my submission title, how can I edit it?

Submission titles cannot be edited. However, you can simply delete it and resubmit it. The sooner you do this, the less likely you will lose any votes or comments.

What is that number next to usernames? And what is karma?

The number next to a username is called that user’s “karma.” It reflects how much good the user has done for the UPRISER community. The best way to gain karma is to submit links that other people like and vote for, though you won’t get karma for self posts.

Why should I try to accumulate karma?

Why should you try to score points in a video game? Why should your favorite sports team try to win the championship?

Or, to look at things from a less competitive and more altruistic perspective, read what philosophers have said about the matter — namely, don’t set out to accumulate karma; just set out to be a good person, and let your karma simply be a reminder of your legacy. Note: UPRISER makes no guarantees about attaining Nirvana.

What can I do to get my submissions noticed?

Remember that adage about not judging a book by its cover? No one actually follows it. So choose your title carefully — make it useful, provide context, and be descriptive. Be careful though, if you’re too aggressive it could backfire. Phrases like, “Vote this up to spread the word!” or “AMAZING!” tend to annoy most UPRISERors, who will make sure your post doesn’t see the light of day.

Why don’t my submissions show up on the New page?

I don’t know. They really should. Maybe your account has been blocked for some reason.

Is UPRISER available in languages other than English?

Yes! In the upper-right corner of the page, there should be a link that says, “English”. Click it and you’ll get a popup where you can change to another language.

I want to change my username. Do I have to start a new account?

Yes. Once a user account is created, the username cannot be edited. You can create a new user profile but cannot migrate karma, comment karma or trophies to the new username.

Will you remove something defamatory about me or “my friend” from UPRISER?

In light of the protections afforded to online hosts of third party content, such as UPRISER, we rarely remove such material, but we reserve the right to do so for legal or other reasons.

Please note that UPRISER does not remove posts for containing insults or negative commentary, but leaves such decisions to the moderators of particular communities. Those moderators are not employees of or retained by UPRISER‚ they are the persons who initiated the particular community and their appointees. While posts that contain such content can be distasteful, UPRISER is not in a position to arbitrate disputes. Posts should be consistent with the rules of the community to which they are posted.

The best way to deal with incorrect information on the Internet is to post the correct information next to it. The UPRISER community is usually very supportive of such a response, and will likely vote to give the correction greater prominence than the original post. UPRISERors love a good counterpoint.

Is posting personal information ok?

NO. UPRISER is a pretty open and free speech place, but it is not ok to post someone’s personal information, or post links to personal information. This includes links to public Facebook pages and screenshots of Facebook pages with the names still legible. We all get outraged by the ignorant things people say and do online, but witch hunts and vigilantism hurt innocent people and certain individual information, including personal info found online is often false. Such posts or comments may be removed by moderators or admins. Repeated offenders may be banned. Posting professional links to contact a congressman or the CEO of some company is probably fine, but don’t post anything inviting harassment, don’t harass, and don’t cheer on or vote up obvious vigilantism.

Is posting political campaign information ok?

Yes. UPRISER does not discriminate among candidates or differing political viewpoints in any way, nor does it discriminate between political and non-political topics. UPRISER’s terms of service require all users not to violate any law, statute or regulation in the course of their use. UPRISER provides its basic service to all users without charge and its provision of basic services for free is not a contribution to any candidate, political committee, or political party committee. UPRISER does not control links to political sites, does not endorse them, and is not responsible for any aspects of those sites.

Which staff member should I write to if I have a problem or question?

  • Garret John LoPorto is our captain.
  • Gregg Housh is our CTO, and when he’s not busy saving the interwebs and putting out melting servers, you can probably find him browsing /r/anonymous sans cape.
  • Tim is our content director and often plays tech support for n00bs.
  • John is our iPhone/iPad developer and coolness consultant. He’s also 11.

What do all of these acronyms mean?

Well there are a lot of acronyms in use on UPRISER, so this is just a list of some of the main ones you’ll see.

  • ELI5 means “Explain like I’m 5 (years old)”
  • DAE means “Does anybody else” or “Does anyone else”
  • FTFY means “Fixed that for you”
  • IAMA means “I am a”
  • AMA means “Ask me anything”
  • TL;DR means “Too long; Didn’t read”
  • IANAL means “I am not a lawyer”
  • TIL means “Today I learned”
  • YSK means “You should know”
  • NSFW means “Not safe for work” (sexual content)
  • NSFL means “Not safe for life” (gory or gross content)
  • IMO/IMHO means “In my opinion” and “In my humble opinion”, respectively

Commenting

Is there a reference guide for the UPRISER comment syntax?

Yes — the commenting help page explains all the details, pitfalls, and workarounds.

What does it mean when an asterisk appears next to a comment?

This just means that the commenter has edited it. (On UPRISER, you can go back and edit your comments in order to fix mistakes, add new information, or be annoying.)

How is a comment’s score determined?

According to the same principles as a submission’s score.

A comment’s score is simply the number of upvotes minus the number of downvotes. If five users like the comment and three users don’t it will have a score of 2. Please note that the vote numbers are not “real” numbers, they have been “fuzzed” to prevent spam bots etc. So taking the above example, if five users upvoted the comment, and three users downvote it, the upvote/downvote numbers may say 23 upvotes and 21 downvotes, or 12 upvotes, and 10 downvotes. The points score is correct, but the vote totals are “fuzzed”.

Individual movements

What are movements?

UPRISER is made up of many sub-communities, each focused on a specific purpose. There’s a movement for science, a movement for music, and probably a movement for your nearest city. By default, new users are subscribed to a selection of the most popular ones, but you’ll get a lot more enjoyment out of the site if you take the time to subscribe to ones that appeal to you. After doing so, the front page will change to show a customized listing tailored to your interests.

How can I find and subscribe to movements?

There are several ways. If you already know what you’re looking for, or simply want to browse the list in order of popularity, the movement search page will be most direct. There are also a number of external, unofficial but authorized sites that provide different interfaces, e.g. metareddit.com, subredditfinder.com, subreddits.org. To see new movements as they’re created, subscribe to the submovement /r/newreddits. Finally, to find a random movement, visit /r/random.

You can browse a movement before subscribing to it, and if you decide to join, there’s a “+frontpage” link on the right side of every page. If you’re already subscribed you can click “-frontpage” to unsubscribe.

How many movements can I subscribe to?

You may subscribe to as many movements as you like! However, on any given visit, your frontpage will only select up to 50 movements to show you (100 for gold users). This selection is refreshed every 30 minutes. When you view the ‘MY MOVEMENTS’ dropdown, you are seeing only the current 50 selected. The only place to see *all* the movements you are subscribed to is here.

Do any movements have their own FAQs?

Yes — you can see the list at http://www.upriser.com/help/faqs

Moderators

What is a moderator?

A moderator is just a regular upriser like you except with a few humble duties within a particular community:

  • They configure parameters for the community, like what its description should be or whether it should be considered “Over 18″.
  • They set the custom logo and styling, if any.
  • They can mark their own links or comments as the community moderator’s submission, which just adds an “[M]” and turns their name green.
  • They can remove links and comments from their community if they find them objectionable or off topic.
  • They can ban a spammer or other abusive user from submitting to their community. (This has no effect elsewhere on the site).
  • They can add other users as moderators.

Again, moderators have no special powers outside of the community they moderate, and are not appointed by reddit.

Why does UPRISER need moderation? Can’t you just let the voters decide?

The reason there are separate movements is to allow niche communities to form, instead of one monolithic overall community. These communities distinguish themselves through their policies: what’s on- and off-topic there, whether people are expected to behave civilly or can feel free to be brutal, etc.

The problem is that casual, new, or transient visitors to a particular community don’t always know the rules that tie it together.

As an example, imagine a /r/swimming and a /r/scuba. People can read about one topic or the other (or subscribe to both). But since scuba divers like to swim, a casual user might start submitting swimming links on /r/scuba. And these stories will probably get upvoted, especially by people who see the links on the UPRISER front page and don’t look closely at where they’re posted. If left alone, /r/scuba will just become another /r/swimming and there won’t be a place to go to find an uncluttered listing of scuba news.

The fix is for the /r/scuba moderators to remove the offtopic links, and ideally to teach the submitters about the more appropriate /r/swimming movement.

What if the moderators are bad?

In the few cases where a moderator has lost touch with their community, someone has created a competing community which quickly siphoned off subscribers and become the new dominant one. The fear of this has tended to keep moderators in check in the past.

If you see a problem, try contacting the moderator first to see if it’s just a simple misunderstanding. If you don’t like the response you receive, you can escalate to a higher moderator. If the moderator in question is the top moderator (and is probably that movement’s creator) then the best you can do is appeal to the other, lower, mods to help you out. If that doesn’t work then consider the situation properly before making a self-post about what happened. What has this moderator done wrong? Does he/she really deserve to be called out on this, risking a witch-hunt against him/her? Try to avoid creating a post about the situation, chances are the moderator isn’t actually bad, but has a different perspective to you and is just doing his/her job.

How do you get to be a moderator?

If you create a movement, you will automatically become its moderator. If you’d like to become a moderator of an existing movement, ask one of the community’s moderators! It’s mostly a thankless task, though, but that does mean that moderators are usually looking for suckers volunteers.

How can I tell who moderates a given movement?

While visiting that movement’s front page, there should be a box on the right with the names of all its moderators. If you can’t find it, just go to http://upriser.com/r/<name-of-movement>/about/moderators directly.

Where can I find more information about moderation?

Here.

Spam, Cheating, and the Like

Is it okay to create multiple accounts?

Yes, you can create multiple/throwaway accounts as long as you do not do so to ghost vote your own submissions.

Why isn’t my submission / comment showing up?

Submissions can take a few minutes to appear on the New queue. But it’s also possible that a moderator deemed your post to be spam — or the automatic filtering program did. If you feel this was a mistake, try sending a message to a moderator of the movement in question. If they do not respond after a day or so, post a question in /r/help.

What is the “report” button?

The report button, shown on all links and comments, is a way for the UPRISER community to send feedback to the moderators that something is spam or otherwise violates the rules — for example, pornographic content submitted to a non-adult movement, or a .PDF posted to /r/videos. If your reason for reporting is time-sensitive or non-obvious, please leave a reply or send a message to a moderator explaining your reasoning.

You can also report spam by submitting the offending user’s overview page to the /r/reportthespammers movement, upvoting if an entry already exists.

What happens when something gets reported?

It will be reviewed, either by a person or a program. The more people who report it, the more likely some action will be taken. Reporting spam is the single most important thing a user can do to help keep UPRISER clean.

What constitutes cheating?

Besides spam, the other big no-no is to try to manipulate voting by any means: manual, mechanical, or otherwise. We’re not going to post an exhaustive list of forbidden tactics (lest we give people ideas), but the two major ones are:

  • Don’t use shill or multiple accounts, voting services, or any other software to increase votes for submissions
  • Don’t be part of a “voting clique”

A voting clique is a group of people who send links to their submissions around via message, IM, or any other means, with the expectation of “you guys vote for my stuff and I’ll vote for yours.”

Cheating will result in your account being banned. Don’t do it.

What constitutes spam?

It’s a gray area, but some rules of thumb:

  • It’s not strictly forbidden to submit a link to a site that you own or otherwise benefit from in some way, but you should sort of consider yourself on thin ice. So please pay careful attention to the rest of these bullet points.
  • If you spend more time submitting to UPRISER than reading it, you’re may be being selfish.
  • If your contribution to UPRISER consists mostly of submitting links to a site(s) that you own or otherwise benefit from in some way, and additionally if you do not participate in discussion, or reply to peoples questions, regardless of how many upvotes your submissions get, you are a spammer.
  • If people historically downvote your links or ones similar to yours, and you feel the need to keep submitting them anyway, they’re probably spam.
  • If people historically upvote your links or ones like them — and we’re talking about real people here, not sockpuppets or people you asked to go vote for you — congratulations! It’s almost certainly not spam. But we’re serious about the “not people you asked to go vote for you” part.
  • If nobody’s submitted a link like yours before, give it a shot. But don’t flood the new queue; submit one or two times and see what happens.

To play it safe, write to the moderators of the community you’d like to submit to. They’ll probably appreciate the advance notice. They might also set community-specific rules that supersede the ones above. And that’s okay — that’s the whole point of letting people create their own movement communities and define what’s on topic and what’s spam.

Nerd Talk

What is UPRISER written in?

Python.

So what Python framework do you use?

Pylons. You can see our source code if you want.

Anything we didn’t cover?

If you have a question that isn’t answered here, you can get near-instant assistance by posting on the /r/help movement. We also have a list of press contacts available, and a page for those looking to advertise on UPRISER. If you’re new to UPRISER and want some more information on interesting movements, confusing acronyms and so on, try this post.