VIP permission allows a user to have moderation-like powers in SponsorBlock. In the data base explorer you can recognize them by the 👑 (crown) next to their votes. On the discord you can recognize them by their VIP role and maybe a green or light-green colored username.
Like any other user, VIPs can downvote segments. A segment downvoted by a VIP will not be shown to users anymore. VIPs can lock segments. Locked segments are indicated by a 🔒 (lock) in the data base explorer and will take priority over non-locked segments with similar timestamps. Locked segments can only be removed by VIPs and all segments created by a VIP are locked by default.
VIPs can also lock categories on videos to prevent future submissions for one or more categories. This is done to prevent future segments from making repeated mistakes. For instance, if a video has a spoken introduction which people keep marking as an intro, then a VIP can lock the intro category so that mistake will no longer happen. Also, if a very popular video is being spammed with submissions and it already has all the required segments marked correctly, a VIP can lock all categories to prevent future submissions on that video.
If you think a VIP has made a mistake, send a link to the video along with a brief explanation to the #incorrect-submissions channel in the discord.
A VIP has two options when moderating users: banning and warning.
Warnings are issued to users who make common mistakes when submitting segments. Upon trying to submit their next segment or voting on a segment they will receive a popup prompting them to ask about their warning on discord or Matrix.
Banning a user requires the approval of at least two VIPs and the VIP has the option to hide all of their past submissions.
Behavior that will result in a ban consists of but is not limited to:
- Malicious segments such as:
- Censoring certain people regardless of what they did or who they are.
- Censoring a part of a video containing information which is not a sponsor or other valid segment. (Politics, Religion, etc).
- Submitting segments to stop people from viewing creators.
- Vandalizing a video by submitting many incorrect segments, making the video hard to watch.
- Submitting segments that are consistently badly timed. If the segment degrades the viewer experience because it is badly timed, it shouldn't be there in the first place.
- Submitting segments for sponsors, intros, self-promos, etc. that do not exist.
- Submitting incorrect segments that are absurdly long to try and farm saved time and skips.
Expectation of VIPs
- VIPs are expected to only submit perfect segments, as they are excluded from the normal voting process.
- VIPs can help moderate videos and investigate potential abuse, if they have the time for it, but there is no expectation that they will.
How can I become a VIP?
- You should have a good understanding of how categories are supposed to be applied.
- Your segments should be timed perfectly and follow the advanced submission tips.
- Your are careful with how you vote on other people's segments. VIP votes have much more weight to them.
How to show you fulfill the requirements:
- You should have saved other people a substantial amount of time across many segments.
- You should have a low percentage of ignored views and ignored submissions.
- You should have submitted lots of correct segments across various categories.
- Consider posting any incorrect segments you encounter in #incorrect-submissions on discord so we can see how you would apply the Guidelines.
To actually become a VIP you will need to request the "Requesting to be VIP" role in #help-out on discord by reacting to a message. This unlocks the channel #vip-request in which you will have to link your userID preferably via the data base explorer. It is not guaranteed that you will become a VIP and asking multiple times might reduce your chances.