Strike Up The Banned
Perish the thought that I should not be long-winded.
As has been pointed out, post bans are nothing new. However, I want to raise awareness of them for good reason: I'm planning to use them a lot
A small minority of members are causing a large majority of trouble. This hurts everyone, including them, by diminishing the quality of discussion in
"Take Back ATS" campaigns are something of a tradition, of course, and "crackdowns" tend to come and go.
But this time I'm looking for something different. This isn't temporary.
I want to raise the bar, and keep it raised.
Banned On The Run
The AboveTopSecret.com Terms And Conditions Of Use
are the standard, and
members must meet that standard or face the consequences.
The consequences have always been the same, but I want to speed up the process by confronting problem members proactively before
piling up warn flags and polluting the forums with insults, off-topic nonsense and dramatic, public tirades about how they have been wronged by the
evil and oppressive ATS staff.
I want to put a stop to that. It's a waste of our precious time and an offense to our valued members who come here to discuss the issues.
We as staff members have agreed to enforce the T&C
, and all members have agreed
to honor them.
The vast majority of members have nothing to worry about. This is not about shooting people for jaywalking or clubbing them for flying off the handle
now and then.
We're only human, and that's fine.
Rather, members with habitual and persistent problems -- most notably a pattern of abuse toward other members -- will be given a chance to get on
board before the train leaves the station.
Keeping The Dream Alive
I'm trying not to be too dramatic about it, because this isn't a one-time shot, but a gradual revolution.
Even I know that talk is cheap, which is why I've already started post-banning and talking to some members, and will keep doing it indefinitely
without too much public fanfare or drama.
I consider removing problem members to be an ongoing duty of mine, and am going to great lengths to ensure that I never persecute members for their
I have not and never will ban any member except for egregious, habitual or deliberate violations of the
. So when the time comes, I can ban with a clear conscience -- and to date,
I don't regret a single ban I've imposed.
As for concerns about public awareness, members who get "pulled over" for rudeness or other habitual
violations will be given every opportunity to understand what's going on.
I'm fanatical about this because we deserve forums where any member can express an honest opinion without being abused for it.
Members who share and support this goal will get the royal treatment -- the absolute best our forums have to offer.
As for the rest, I wish them well, wherever their paths may take them.