Seems as the other thread was unfortunately locked, so in order to continue this line of dialogue, I'd say a new one is in order to discuss this recent addition of a rule.
My stance is that "bait" is not something easily defined, and that thus far, the primary example, being https://www.ponychan.net/ef/res/55612+50.html#55612
, is not of sufficient quality to actually make any clear cut definitions of what is or is not allowed.
This is, to me, something users will cross without ever realizing it, finding themselves banned, or their threads deleted, for something they do not understand.
I do not believe this is acceptable. Having rules is fine and dandy, you can have as silly rules as you like, but people need to be able to understand what they did wrong. They need to be able to avoid that. Even if I don't necessarily agree with a rule, out of principle, a rule like "No Posts About Griffons" is clearly defined well enough to be avoided.
I, and others, would have only ourselves to blame, were we to break that rule.
A rule like what is now evidently writ as "Moderation will combat blatant low quality trolls,", though was originally phrased as "Blatant attempts at bait are against the rules.", is not clear enough to be avoided. Worse, different administrators will have different opinions on what constitutes "low quality trolls". And as such, something that might be an issue one day might not be an issue later.
This was a major problem back on Ponychan, before the split. It's what made moderation feel much more like a popularity contest, than a just system. It's why so many users became agitated with said system and ultimately left, or eventually formed their own site.
If a solution is absolutely necessary to deal with supposed "trolls" [besides merely encouraging people to use the [-] function], it should be one with a clear definition. Something that can be universally understood. "No politics", for instance. While it might gut a major section of discussion, it at least applies a standard that does not cause people to fear a wrong step out of their control.