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Contributor Monthly Log - May 2021


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At the beginning of a new month, someone from the Contributor group will post a topic providing a summary for discussions that were discussed in the Contributor section during the previous month. This is to allow the community to be more informed and have a better understanding of the Contributor group. If you have any concerns or suggestions that you would like to be brought to the attention of the Contributor group, message any of the Contributors.

 

You can see our previous logs here.

 

General Updates

 

Verified pawn

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Contributors previously discussed a suggestion to introduce a new pawn or hat for popular social media users who visited xat. Within this suggestion, the recipients may have a large number of followers, likes and/or subscribers on their social media pages, but did not meet the requirements to receive the celebrity cyan pawn. The discussion was ultimately forwarded to xat admins, who have now posted a public topic about a new verified (sky) pawn. You can read the topic here and all feedback is appreciated!

 

Concluded Discussions

These topics are concluded and are no longer being discussed. If you have any concerns about the conclusion of these topics, feel free to send a message and I'll see what I can do to help you.

 

Announcements and promotions via email

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Our discussion has now concluded about possibly adding an opt-in feature for users to receive promotional emails from xat about events and updates related to the website. Both positive and negative feedback has been raised, and a summary has now been forwarded to xat admins for their consideration.

 

Ongoing Discussions

These topics are currently ongoing. If you would like to offer feedback and/or suggestions, feel free to send me a message, and I'd be happy to convey it to the rest of the group. You can also post a comment if you would like to offer feedback and/or suggestions.

 

Adding new audies to xat

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A member of the group suggested we add more audies to the xat audies list. Audies are sound effects on the chat that can be added to messages, e.g. #explosion. The current list of audies has not changed for a long time, and new audies could freshen things up.

 

Help chats on auto-promotion

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It was proposed last month that either all help chats should be eligible for auto-promotion, provided they are active and well managed, or all help chats should be removed from auto-promotion. This change would be for fairness reasons, although one Contributor suggested communities should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis rather than making a broad decision for all. Our discussion is continuing.

 

Appeal against decisions to block xat access in Turkey

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xat.com is currently blocked in Turkey due to their government's social media laws. A member of the group suggested xat admins try to appeal the block via the Turkish legal process. This may help boost the number of Turkish users on the website. However, this would also be a very complex, expensive process with no guarantee of any results. The discussion continues.

 

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On 6/13/2021 at 7:40 AM, Paul said:

 

 

 

 

Appeal against decisions to block xat access in Turkey

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xat.com is currently blocked in Turkey due to their government's social media laws. A member of the group suggested xat admins try to appeal the block via the Turkish legal process. This may help boost the number of Turkish users on the website. However, this would also be a very complex, expensive process with no guarantee of any results. The discussion continues.

 

 

 

I am surprised this is even a discussion.  I would love to see some feedback on this as someone who tried to help the turkish communities for years and personally having witnessed the problems it can create.

It is not just about the expense.  You would have to fight the government and the AKP, METU and BTK.  I would think this is an area where hands are tied until there really is freedom of press as well as Freedom of

internet.  

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3 minutes ago, Christina said:

You would have to fight the government and the AKP, METU and BTK.  I would think this is an area where hands are tied until there really is freedom of press as well as Freedom of internet.  

You are probably not informed or aware of this, but the Turkish Government through the BTK has launched an application for all those companies or websites that were censored in the country and wish to appeal. Even in some cases you can see if there is a decision to block your website and what is the reason, because some sites were not communicated the block/reason, we could say that censorship and freedom are being relaxed again.

 

After submitting the application you will have to ''fight'' for what will be administrative expenses, you will have to have a physical person with rights of the website in the country or in some Turkish embassy in the world, hire a lawyer, print papers, send physical and signed documents by the owners of xat from England to Turkey, you will probably also have to pay some kind of tax or itinerary to the court that will take the case.

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28 minutes ago, Abrahan said:

You are probably not informed or aware of this, but the Turkish Government through the BTK has launched an application for all those companies or websites that were censored in the country and wish to appeal. Even in some cases you can see if there is a decision to block your website and what is the reason, because some sites were not communicated the block/reason, we could say that censorship and freedom are being relaxed again.

 

After submitting the application you will have to ''fight'' for what will be administrative expenses, you will have to have a physical person with rights of the website in the country or in some Turkish embassy in the world, hire a lawyer, print papers, send physical and signed documents by the owners of xat from England to Turkey, you will probably also have to pay some kind of tax or itinerary to the court that will take the case.

Yes but in most cases it is still denied.  Or you get the permissions to unblock and the  companies that oversee the service providers are compromised.  It is just such a losing game at this point that I would not think xat would want to invest expenses and legal strategy.  At least not until some things begin to change from within.  Do not get me wrong....I can appreciate this being a topic of discussion.  Just how ongoing it has been is what has me surprised.  Thanks for the further explanation.   

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