Joshua Luke Johnson
the only living boy in new york | senior content manager @ Vocal | currently searching for: the amulet of yendor and the meaning of life, in no particular order
We've Updated Our Community Guidelines: Here's What You Need to Know
Vocal's Community Guidelines are the policies by which we protect the Vocal network from hate speech and misinformation, as well as set some standards for quality and professionalism of content.
A (Brief) History of Content Moderation
In 2008, a dispute over YouTube videos criticizing the Turkish president kicked off a chain of events that included a then-shocking instance of I.P. blocking on a national scale. For a brief period, Google restricted the entirety of Turkey from streaming a parody broadcast announcing "Today’s news: Kamal Ataturk is gay!"
ADOM (Ancient Domains of Mystery): How 15,000 Lines of Code Changed RPGs
Life hasn't been the most exciting lately. I love to travel, so naturally, the shutdown that brought 2020 to a halt has forced me to take up, well, less-preferred means of adventuring. One such method is to explore the open worlds of video games that were ideated before I was born.
'Loop Hero' is the Perfect Game for a Post-Covid World
While the title of this sophomore release from indie studio Four Quarters is appropriate, albeit bromide, I find it unfortunate that "Oblivion" is already a shopworn gaming trademark, because that is the word that keeps coming to mind as I loop my way closer and closer to 100 hours of game time.
Is Fan Fiction Even Legal? Should I Finally Publish My Star Wars Novella?
“Anakin,” she said as she turned to face him again. “What if we pretended that somebody tried to attack me or something. Then you would have to rush me off planet to keep me safe, right? Or what if I was called to a secret meeting somewhere; it would be your duty to take me there, wouldn’t it?” “I couldn’t do that,” Anakin replied firmly. “My Master would know immediately if one of us were lying.” Padme sighed with frustration. “Why did we even get married if we’ll never see each other?” She wished she could jam the words back down her throat as she picked up the hurt expression on Anakin’s face. “I thought,” he said quietly, “because we loved each other.” “I’m sorry, Anakin,” she said as a wave of guilt came over her.
Conspiracy Theories and Misinformation: Where Does Vocal Draw the Line?
Section 10, Paragraph A of Vocal's internal Moderation Protocols begins with the following statement: Vocal takes a cautious approach to the moderation of stories related to conspiracy theories, especially those that contain subject matters linked to real-world violence.
"Am I Here?"
As Senior Content Manager and de facto head of Content Moderation at Vocal, I read a lot of stories. I read a lot, because I have to. We are a platform that fights back against hate speech and misinformation by employing a powerful army of human moderators. Every story is read by me or someone on my team before it goes live, to ensure that it does not contain:
RBG: "Notorious" Was More Than a Moniker
Random outbursts of applause erupted from the steps of the Supreme Court building last night. Parents carried their children, many already in their pajamas, in one arm, and held up phones, candles, and makeshift beacons in the other — beacons in remembrance of someone who, for so many, was just that.