Banned Of Brothers
Originally posted by maybee
I'm curious as to if anyone has ever been un-banned. Also if one is banned, do they loose all access to their account including private messages. I
don't imagine they could reply but can they still read them or read posts on threads. Just wondering
There are two kinds of bans: post bans and account bans.
Post bans are temporary suspensions of posting privileges. Post-banned members can still log in, they just can't post. We use those to stop problem
behavior (such as spamming, reposting things we remove or publicly arguing with mods when we ask people to stay on topic), get a member's attention
and (hopefully) work things out via private message. By nature, they are temporary, but there's no time limit: they stay in place until we come to
agreement, which can take a long time if our PMs are ignored (as they so often are).
Account bans or "permabans" disable the ability to log in to an account, remove avatars and custom elements from public mini-profiles and are our
last resort when we can't work things out. While we may apply these immediately in some cases, such as spamming, porn, hoaxing, threats of any kind
against anyone, people that curse us out or otherwise give us grief for enforcing the
terms & conditions
and so on, we usually try to work things out first.
We specifically try to avoid permabanning people for honest mistakes or having a bad day once in a while. We will usually apply a post ban and give
members another shot first, and in some cases, we may actually go through that process more than once. While it's certainly not impossible to be
permabanned, it's generally harder than most people might think. We really do consider it a last resort, and strongly prefer to resolve differences
amicably wherever possible.
On that note, we do occasionally restore "permanently" banned accounts, but it's rare. Banned members may request reinstatement via our
, and if we believe they really are sincere and aren't likely to be banned
again, we may give them another chance.
Also, sometimes banned members return and register new accounts. While we don't officially condone that, we don't specifically look for it either.
Sometimes such members head straight back to the thread they last participated in, continue doing what got them banned in the first place and get
banned again. A few lost souls make a habit of it, which is ironic because if they simply stopped being jerks, they could probably participate all
they want without further problems.
ATSers are people from all over the world who share their opinions -- often very strong opinions -- about all sorts of controversial and
emotionally-charged subjects. The only thing that makes it possible is courtesy.
Alternatives such as name-calling, flaming and trolling are irritating, but ultimately their greatest offense is that they are boring. People
interested in a given topic couldn't care less about what people think about each other. They didn't come here for that.
Rather, as Bill pointed out almost five years ago when he started this thread, by simply being polite, members gain the "keys to the kingdom". Our
best members understand that, and the vast majority never run afoul of the mods.
Ideally, none would. Then we could slack off and focus on being members like everyone else.
Anyway, sorry to be so long-winded (as usual), but I hope that answers your questions.