Banning Protocol

Discussion in 'Forum Rules' started by pete, Jan 16, 2008.

  1. pete

    pete Brassica Oleracea Staff Member Administrator

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    We wanted to actually write out what happens when you're banned. Sorry we didn't get this posted before we were "live" live.

    * A person gets banned for committing a bannable offense.
    * Temporary bans may be placed by a Content Expert, Administrator, Moderator, etc. but bans are reviewed and approved by the Administrators. Do not complain to a Content Expert or Moderator if you're banned. Only Administrators have the power to lift your ban.

    The main reason for this set-up is because the WF is a somewhat different kind of forum. Our Content Experts (CEs) aren't really patrolling the 'boards trying to break up fights, like moderators (try to) do. They're trying to help answer questions. So, if they find a poster getting out of hand, we've given them the equivalent of a phaser set on stun: they can zap the poster and hand him over to the Admins for us to decide what to do.

    When you're banned, when yo log on here you'll get a message that you're banned, how long you're banned and why you're banned. Further, the Administrators will do their best to send you an e-mail to the address you originally registered with to tell you why you're banned -- except if you're spamming the forum. At this point, you are more than welcome to enter into a polite dialog with the Administrators to further explain your actions.

    Several notes:
    * The WF Staff will not discuss who is banned and or the reasons why they were banned. Bringing up the subject is unfair to the person who was banned and to the Administrators since we've already told you we won't discuss it.
    * If you're going to stage a YAGE -- Yet Another Grand Exit -- consider yourself banned. However, we may grade you on how amusing your YAGE is and invite you back for another to see if you can top yourself. Or, if your attempt was really poor, the invite will be for a do-over.
    * The WF will not delete banned posters' posts. In one respect, it's because it's unworkable due to the number of posts involved. In another respect, it's because you're also destroying any other thread that you, the bannee, posted in. That's unfair to other posters.

    In the end, please keep in mind that we are a community. We want to provide some sense of how we're going to have things operate so that there's no surprises. As the great movie philosophers Bill and Ted said so many years ago, "Be excellent to each other".
     
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    pete Brassica Oleracea Staff Member Administrator

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    We've had a couple people ask exactly what a YAGE is and why it isn't tolerated. Here's the #1 definition from Google:

    Here's my expanded explanation:

    I'll include a link to the expanded discussion, after I create the thread.
     

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