Apr 11, 17 / Tau 17, 01 18:51 UTC
Re: Banning of Members ¶
When a person is banned, exact reason for banning is between the banned and the moderation team, the general public (I am not going to use the terms user or citizen) only needs to be privy to the fact that that person has been banned for breach in rules and regulations. "They were acting aggressively in the forum, they were threatening to hack the site, they were engaged in illicit activities, etc." None of that is our business, it doesn't concern us because we weren't directly impacted by them being banned, nor were we part of banning them. Nowhere on this site does it say that our mods have to explain why they banned someone to the rest of the populace. The rules, regulations, guidelines, or whatever you wish to call them for posting are posted. If a person goes against these, they are subject to warning, and in extreme cases, loss of their privilege to post in the forums. They are not banned from the site, nor are they banned from taking place in certain activities within the site. They lost their right to disrupt the rest of the populace. Freedom of speech is fine, but personal attacks, threats of violence or cyber terrorism, and other disruptive activities won't be tolerated. Even in countries with freedom of speech, there are things, that if said, can still land you in a lot of trouble: spilling state secrets, threats against a government official, threats to do harm (physical, psychological, or other) to a person or the general populace. Most of the people who have been banned, just from what I have seen for myself, have been warned on several different occasions, on several different threads, by several different moderators/administrators. They were given every chance to abide by the rules posted for the forums, and chose to act the way they did anyways. If what they did to get banned is important to you, back log, do some digging. Many of the posts that led to people getting banned are still up for the general public to see (those that aren't were most likely removed to avoid further problems). Our moderators and administrators are busy enough without having to explain everything they did/do/will do and why they did it every time someone asks. Many people see this as "conformity", it's not. It is simply abiding by a sense of mutual understanding and respecting others.
They are working to give people the rights that they are asking for, they are trying to eliminate problems within the community before they have a chance to cause lasting harm, most of them are working full work weeks with no pay just to make everyone else here comfortable. But we still have those within our numbers who would bash on them or criticize every little thing they do. At the moment, the only true governing body we have is ourselves. The mods and admins are working for us to give us the community (and hopefully soon, Nation) that we are asking for. Thank them, give them respect, don't criticize them for things that we have no right to in the first place.
I apologize for this turning into such a long winded spiel. I merely want our Admins/Mods/Upper management, whatever you wish to call them, to get the respect they deserve without the heckling of the few who always want more.