One day, out of the blue, I was shadow banned. Also, multiple non-rule-breaking very run of the mill subreddit communities I worked hard to cultivate, were banned without reason. This was all in one swoop, with no warning or notification. They refused to respond to any form of appeal they provided, which they provide a painfully hidden multitude of.
I found, after haggling with many moderators of large subs, that administrators had silently and selectively removed a bunch of comments I had made, which appear to be for strategic, but petty, political reasons of manipulating discourse. I believe this manipulation by administrators is wide spread and done with laser precision focus on topic manipulation. It is hard to tell your comments were silently made invisible to everyone else, so this routine manipulation goes largely unnoticed, especially if done temporarily.
Long ago, I found from r/Bitcoin moderators that temporary comment hiding is a super effective and widely used method of manipulating conversation, when I caught them using the technique on me. Simply shadow ban the comment until the conversation is over, then restore it, having only moderator downvotes, because it was invisible when the conversation was active. "It looks like no one agreed with you, ha ha."
Like all users, I've been seriously abused repeatedly by ridiculous moderator bans.
A small depiction of how that is
SaidIt.net was extremely difficult to find. I actually tried like a dozen social media's before even noticing it. It seems very difficult to get to show in Google/DuckDuckGo. I was focusing more on decentralized platforms though. Many were great for messaging, blogging, and Twitter replacements, but I hadn't found one with the same feeling of engagement as SaidIt/Reddit's design.
SaidIt.net looks and feels just like I remember Reddit more than a decade ago, when moving therefrom Digg. It's time to give up escape from the abusive relationship with Reddit forever.