Top Mod Site Bans All U.S. Political Mods For Rest Of The Year

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Top Mod Site Bans All U.S. Political Mods For Rest Of The Year
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Mods come in all shapes and sizes. Some turn you into Shrek. Others turn your enemies into Shrek. A few add Donkey, but they’re (sadly) rarer. There are also political mods. Or at least, on top mod site Mod Nexus, there were. Now they’re banned until at least early next year.

The site announced its decision to ban specifically U.S.-focused political mods in a post earlier today.

“Considering the low quality of the mods being uploaded, the polarising views they express, and the fact that a small but vocal contingent of our users are seemingly not intelligent or grown up enough to be able to debate the issues without resorting to name calling and baseless accusations without proof (indicative of the wider issues plaguing our world at this time) we’ve decided to wipe our hands clean of this mess and invoke an outright ban on mods relating to sociopolitical issues in the United States,” wrote Mod Nexus owner Robin “Dark0ne” Scott. “We have neither the time, the care, or the wish to moderate such things. This ban will apply to all mods uploaded from the 28th of September onwards. We will review this restriction sometime after the next President of the United States has been inaugurated.”

A blanket ban on anything of this nature is, of course, an act of both-sides-ism and false equivalence between frequently unlike concepts (leftism vs outright fascism, etc). However, it also sounds like Mod Nexus users were trafficking in low-quality troll content that referenced Donald Trump, police, and other contentious topics, mostly for the sake of edginess or shock value. For example, a Reddit post from a month ago complains about “3 Trump/police related mods [on] the front page” of Mod NexusSkyrim section. More recently, Mod Nexus’ section dedicated to Fallout 4 — itself part of a series heavy on political satire — dealt with similar issues.

“The fact [that] an obvious dog whistle mod featuring the picture of an actual shooting victim as the banner shot up to the top Mod of the Month within an hour of being posted has forever removed my willingness to consider ‘Well, it has the most votes/endorsements and so the people have spoken’ as an indicator of a quality mod,” wrote a user on the Fallout Mods subreddit.

Still, other users wonder what will end up being considered “political.” They fear that Mod Nexus’ staff might overstep.

“Only concern I have about them doing this is that ‘sociopolitical’ is a pretty broad and vague category,” wrote another user on the Fallout Mods subreddit. “What if someone uploads a LGBT-themed retexture or something. Will that be banned?”

Kotaku reached out to Mod Nexus for more information, but as of this publishing, did not receive a reply. Site owner Scott, though, seems pretty set on his decision.

“To be blunt, we do not care how this looks nor do we care if you think the mods we do or don’t moderate reflect on us, our political beliefs, or what we do and don’t want on our site,” he wrote in his announcement post. “Say and do what you want on other sites or services, we care nothing for it here.”

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  • “A blanket ban on anything of this nature is, of course, an act of both-sides-ism and false equivalence between frequently unlike concepts (leftism vs outright fascism, etc)”

    Lol

      • I could say somethjng snarky and amusing but no thanks… im frankly over this myself =P

        Im just gonna go load up some vTuber streams and chill and zone out!

    • I can’t help but wonder how much energy people like Mr Grayson expend constantly trying to inject their personal bullshit into EVERYTHING and constantly try to incite conflict.

      It wager it could power continents.

      • Whatever dude he didn’t say anything that wasn’t true and there are plenty of facts in the article.
        Since Trumps whole campaign is based on BS, lies and slander, the MOD site’s actions are completely reasonable. Sensible even.
        The more sites and social media platforms that stamp out his garbage the better.

        • No. It’s a false dichotomy set up as a strawman by fascists to paint the left as unreasonable in being intolerant of actual fascism. Fascism that is occurring right now. It’s not something that happens overnight. There is a continuum and we have been merrily sliding toward authoritarianism for at least a decade. The difference being that a decade ago people weren’t quite so brave as to say be a minister of parliament and also be an open white supremacist. They would have been worried that it would destroy their support base. Not anymore, though.

          Why do you think that is?

          • “No. It’s a false dichotomy set up as a strawman by fascists to paint the left as unreasonable in being intolerant of actual fascism.”

            “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” – Inigo Montoya

            Fascism is characterized by dictatorial power (which, Trump does not have, and cannot have, unless he institutes martial law), forcible suppression of opposition (doing a pretty bad job of rounding up his political dissidents making them disappear) and and strong regimentation of society (hard to do that when you are fighting for a citizens right to choose and to “keep and bear arms”) and of the economy (considering he wants to open up the economy so it doesn’t turn into Zimbabwe (hyperbole), and his detractors want stricter control of it, you’re wrong here also)

            Funny how countries that fall under socialist and communist rule constantly fall to actual fascism and authoritarianism. But hey…

  • I wonder how they would react to one of my mods
    “Wasteland Dairy Framework” on Loverslab
    basically I have a workbench called “Planned Parenthood”
    and I have some less than friendly options in that.

    • Unlike biden supporters who have so far:

      Stalked and killed a trump supporter
      Burnt down numerous businesses including black owned ones all in the name of BLM
      Thrown MeToo out the window and attacked and demeaned a woman who was sexually assaulted by biden
      Nearly beaten to death a man who was attempting to protect a trans woman during a BLM “protest”

      I could go on.

      Opinions like yours are why hilary lost in 2016. Insulting voters doesn’t make them change to your side.

    • How about the murder and attempted murder of two young african american males in CHAZ by their so called ” security “. And then proceeding to hinder with that crime scene by tampering with evidence?

      How about the numerous amounts of footage of them harassing and assaulting people just sitting down having dinner at restaurants because they wouldn’t raise a fist?

      Let’s also not forget the tale of nicolas sandman, how many media companies have had to pay him compensation now?

      • oh look, you DID go on.

        Actually the reason Hillary lost was rooms full of scary idiots chanting ‘Lock her up’ when she had not been found guilty of a single. damn. thing. Oh that and the fact there is this little thing called the electoral college. So while she didnt win the office, she won the popular vote that was just overruled by a political system design to unbalance the importance of individual votes.

        Furthermore your list of the lefties crimes was frankly hilarious. I am not sure that was your intention?! But thanks for the laugh.

        • The reason Trump will win again is because, for the last 4-5 months, idiot lefties have done nothing but rampage through (mostly) Democrat cities. Hell, in 4 months, more black people have died at the hands of the rioters, than all the unnarmed black men, by cops in 2019.

          “she had not been found guilty of a single. damn. thing.” I bet you still rattle on about ROOOOOSSSSSIIIIIIAAAAA 😉

          “she won the popular vote that was just overruled by a political system design to unbalance the importance of individual votes.”

          from a site: “There are 62 counties in New York State. Trump won in 45 counties. Clinton won only 17 counties.

          Clinton won the popular vote by approx. 1.5 million votes in New York City’s five counties (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Richmond and Queens). Clinton received well over 2 million more votes than Trump as Clinton won four of these counties and Trump only won, Richmond. These five counties alone more than accounted for Clinton winning the popular vote of the entire country.”

          All you have to do to win the popular vote is win New York and California. That’s it. Nothing more nothing less… While the electoral college systems has it’s flaws… It’s a good thing that 2 states can’t and don’t dictate the rest of the country.

          “Furthermore your list of the lefties crimes was frankly hilarious.”

          Go tell that to the mother of the 7 year old girl that was shot and killed by a “peaceful protester”. I’m sure she’d laugh along with you.

          • Violence is never good, no matter what side people are on. So please stop dragging out the 7 year old in a desperate attempt it to demonise all the left. It is sad and lazy. The only reason this is all happening is the refusal of the country to deal with the race issues before they exploded. A guy takes a knee in the most peaceful way and FOx News declares him an enemy of state, or some such rubbish saying ‘its not true or now is not the time’ instead of talking why he was doing it… while I dont agree with the violence, this is what happens when a country refuses to reconcile with its past.

            As for democratic neighbourhoods, spare me. In your haste to drop the dems into it, you fail to understand why that is. Funny enough it goes right to the heart of the problem, the country refuses to deal with.

          • Your willingness to sweep these incidents under the rug is very telling Blakeavon.

            Perhaps they are politically inconvenient to the cause.

            Like that instance with Michael Reinhoel, That was very inconvenient huh?

          • @blake: “So please stop dragging out the 7 year old in a desperate attempt it to demonise all the left.”

            Why not? She was a black 7 yr old girl with her life ahead of her. The “organisation”, that is backed and supported by the left, claims to care about black lives, has not said two words about it, there are no marches in the street, no-one is shouting “say her name”. Not one person on the “left” has condemned such things.

            “As for democratic neighbourhoods, spare me. In your haste to drop the dems into it, you fail to understand why that is. Funny enough it goes right to the heart of the problem, the country refuses to deal with.”

            Considering the areas that have had the worst issues in the last few months are basically all Dem cities, and have been strictly Dem for decades (and the people there keep voting Dem, I’d say that the problem isn’t so much a country “refusing to deal”. But more so a group of politicians who have seized upon consistent votes by saying “if you’re black, vote for us.” Hell, the amount of people (black or white) the who believe that the KKK, Jim Crow, Segregation, etc were enacted and encouraged by the Republicans (as a whole) is astounding, and career politicians eat that up and use it to get them to vote Dem. You can’t tell me they don’t.

            Can’t “reconcile” with the past, when people rely on others to say “hey, remember what happened 150 yrs ago”. Can’t “reconcile” with the past, when people openly refuse to move forward. Can’t “reconcile” with the past, when the only option to do so is “tear the whole thing down”.

            Such people don’t want reconciliation.

          • Just on the proportionality discussion. Broadly speaking there’s two options: proportionality based on geography, or on population.

            If each electoral division is allotted an equal amount of people, urban centres will generally dictate the winners of elections. If each is allotted based on geography, then rural areas will hold an advantage.

            Neither of these options is great – rural populations relying on urban areas to look after their interests, or vice versa. The important difference is that in the former, every individual vote counts the same. A system where one person’s vote is significantly more impactful than another person’s, simply because of where they live, is the worse option IMO. No single person’s vote should be more impactful than any other single person, regardless of their views on politics.

        • Right,

          It had nothing at all to do with her not visiting states that had been traditionally blue but swung red during the 2016 election?

          Or had nothing to do with her saying that anyone who didn’t vote for her was deplorable and racist?

        • Right,

          It had nothing at all to do with her not visiting states that had been traditionally blue but swung red during the 2016 election?

          Or had nothing to do with her saying that anyone who didn’t vote for her was deplorable and racist?

          ” So while she didnt win the office, she won the popular vote that was just overruled by a political system design to unbalance the importance of individual votes. ”

          Do you even understand how the US electrol college works and why it is used? Do you even know how our Westminster system works? Ill give you a hint, It isn’t a popular vote either bud.

          “Furthermore your list of the lefties crimes was frankly hilarious. I am not sure that was your intention?!”

          So just to confirm, You find a trans woman being robbed beaten, and the man trying to protect her hilarious?

          You find black-owned business being burnt to the ground hilarious?

          The murder and attempted murder of two young African males in CHAZ hilarious?

        • Hi Blake.
          I disagree with your statement regarding Hillary losing due to “lock her up”. She lost because the vast majority of the US didn’t want her. They didn’t want Trump either but he played the game while like djbear said, she preached to the choir.

          I believe that ultimately the democrats lost because the DNC are out of touch with the American people. Bernie Sanders would have won both elections but because he’s not a DNC puppet they sabotaged him both times.

          • “She lost because the vast majority of the US didn’t want her. ” The voting numbers completely disagree with your OPINION.

          • The US election is not a popularity vote
            Our elections are not a popularity vote

            Look up how the US electoral college works and why it is used instead of a popular vote before you look like more of a fool.

            I’ll give you a hint, a popular vote would mean only a couple of states with the highest population would decide elections rather than the entire country.

          • Hi Blame.
            What I meant by the vast majority is that as I recall, 2016 had one of the lowest voting numbers in US history, with only half of the population actually voting. Taking into consideration that the vote for Clinton/Trump was so close (roughly half and half) it means that 1/4 Americans voted for Clinton. You are right to say she lost due to the electoral college shenanigans, but I am not wrong to say lost because she was unpopular.

            I did a quick Google and it’s actually 58% of the voters did vote so it would be 29% each way, with 71% not wanting one or the other, but I think my point still stands.

      • @derrick of course all of those pros/cons would be countered with the addition if one thing… compulsory voting. As this would really just boil it down to what the WHOLE NATION wants or feels is lesser of 2 evils as opposed to complications of yes we have x in this state/district but no voter turn out vs y has less ppl but ore viters, etc. which requires so much more “balancing” as the popular vote would really be the nations vote.

        • Yeah absolutely, compulsory voting is by far the most sensisble change the US could make to it’s electoral system. Unfortunately it’ll probably never happen. Whichever party implemented it would almost certainly get punished at the polls for a long time by the people who are – inexplicably – vehemently against it. And they don’t seem to do bipartisan over there any more, for the most part. Also preferential voting probably a good idea.

          • More so. To make voting compulsory, you’d have to actually ID the person voting, like they do here (even if it’s just a big book of names).

            It’s pretty ridiculous that the main argument against voter IDs (in America), is that they are “racist”. Obviously because then the illegal aliens and non-citizens would not be able to vote…. Which, I don’t see as a bad thing… But hey… That’s coming from a guy who’s country only allows citizens to vote ????lol

  • This article screams of the author saying: “I’m fine with a ban of political content as long as its politics I don’t like, If you ban politics I align with though its not okay”

  • Hey Kotaku staff,

    I’m just curious again about how much you have to support proto-fascist strongmen or how much of a generally abusive reactionary you have to be and still be allowed to keep posting here all the damn time? I didn’t get an answer last time.

    Regards,

    Pokedad

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