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posted on Nov, 5 2011 @ 11:55 AM
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Ive actually been here since late 07 or 08.. cant recall! Its not hard not to be banned and I wasnt banned.. I just made another acct when we moved.
Pretty much, if you are a civilized adult, staying here is pretty darned easy.
As for your thread... I made a few jokes, but I wasnt ridiculing you. I dont agree that the moon has flipped over as there are several explanations for what you saw, but yes.. I also saw some nastiness on that thread that you didnt deserve.When you are among a whole rainbow of people/personalities youre bound to get! Dont be discouraged though from making threads or being involved in more heated conversations.. its a learning process concerning how to present your evidence.. and how to either ignore idiots or consider alternate opinions even when you dont want to. You really dont seem to be a bad poster to me and I didnt personally see you behave in any bad way or use any abusive speech.. but I didnt stay there all night last night! People repeat the thick skin thing, and its true unfortunately. Have a thick skin.. but dont be bullheaded if you are presented with alternate explanations for things.
I personally like you and hope that this little episode doesnt sour you on ATS or the posters. Hey, Im not anyone special.. but you have one "friend" in me even if I disagree!




posted on Nov, 5 2011 @ 12:24 PM
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Upside Down

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I've reviewed your complaints, we discussed this via private message and, as I mentioned, I subscribed to the thread and am (slowly, we're talking 13 pages so far) catching up while juggling a few other things both on- and offline, but...


Board Business & Questions: This forums should be used to post questions regarding site policies, problems with site functionality/features, and respond to announcements from ownership. This is not a place to post complaints.

We should be able to work this out via PMs and in the thread in question, and as always, if you see a post that violates the AboveTopSecret.com Terms And Conditions Of Use, please don't hesitate to ALERT it, whether it's made by a moderator or anyone else.

But this really isn't the thread or the forum for resolving specific complaints, and I hope you can respect that.



posted on Nov, 5 2011 @ 01:39 PM
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Pew! (sigh of relief)! You are a master at justification and now that I am all in the clear for posting slightly pearshape response to appleshaped OP I can go back and star and flag as an informed memeber of ATS forum which has me ever so slightly hooked.

Thanx for your reply.



posted on Nov, 6 2011 @ 06:44 AM
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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



posted on Nov, 6 2011 @ 06:52 AM
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I avoid being banned by ATS due to my illegal trafficking in alien blood-products that the mods need in order to pass for human.

So I can get away with more stuff. One false step, and *bam* the mods will be exposed.



posted on Nov, 6 2011 @ 08:21 AM
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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 contact page, 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.



posted on Nov, 20 2011 @ 08:33 AM
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OK one more question if that's alright. Do you ever ban someone when they're off-line like if it's night time in their country and they're in bed and then just wake up the next morning and find out they're banned. Respectfully submitted. Thank you.



posted on Nov, 20 2011 @ 09:20 AM
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reply to post by SkepticOverlord
 


Thanks for this post, It inspired me in ways not directly related to ATS.
It also inspired me to write an apology directed to you SkepticOverlord.
Whatever the outcome will be, I consider it a learning experience.
Thanks!



posted on Jun, 15 2013 @ 01:41 PM
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When it comes to maintaining websites I am a total dinosaur. So, if this next comment is beyond ridiculous it's okay to just ignore it:

I think you are making changes to the site in order to save on space(?) or bandwith, or whatever. Anyway, why are one-line comments frowned upon? Just seems this forces members to write more than they really want to, and doesn't this take up more space?



posted on Jun, 15 2013 @ 02:02 PM
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reply to post by jiggerj
 

One-liners are fine if they have content.
It's one-liners without content that aren't welcome, because if there's no content, why post at all?
If you ever went to a forum where you see six posts in a row that say "I agree", it's not very interesting to read, is it?



posted on Jun, 15 2013 @ 03:11 PM
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Originally posted by Arbitrageur
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One-liners are fine if they have content.
It's one-liners without content that aren't welcome, because if there's no content, why post at all?
If you ever went to a forum where you see six posts in a row that say "I agree", it's not very interesting to read, is it?

True on that account, but sometimes a post is so dead-on or beyond hilarious that I just want to acknowledge it with more than just a star. Ten thumbs up or five laughing smileys.





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