I’m sure this is a question we have all thought about but, were afraid to ask. What does it take to get thrown off the boards here at ATS?
Sure, we all know about the T&C and how posting lies or promoting other sites will get you the ban like that guy claiming to be an ex-president or
that jerk who keeps opening new accounts to post intro threads promoting his blog site. Those ones will have the Mods showing you the door pretty darn
I was wondering what are some of the biggest offences that get members banned around here? What things REALLY tick off the Mods and draw the most
I remember getting my first warn when I was new here and reading that it took 3 warns before one would get banned. A few months later, I received my
second warn and, at that time, the U2U said it took 5 warns before the ban was imposed.
It made me wonder if ATS had changed its standards or if they were more lenient on more experienced members (I had achieved Gold Member status by the
time I got my 2nd warn). Of course it could be just faulty memory and I may have misremembered what I was told on my first warn.
I remember thinking when I got the second warn that 5 seemed to be a lot of warns; it was like giving me license to be a jerk on a grand scale.
I’ve been here over a year and have only been warned three times since I’ve been here. Maybe I’m not passionate enough. I’ve seen many members
who seem to always carry around a few warns on their profiles like a badge of honor. Many of these members tend to be passionate debaters and their
posts and threads are always highly appreciated by the membership, receiving loads of stars and flags.
I’ve seen some AWESOME posters disappear from the boards and, when I check, I am disappointed to learn that they have been banned. Quite a few of my
favorite posters and members on my friends list have disappeared in this way; members who have been excellent contributors and two of whom appeared on
the WATS top 50 list.
I have read that Mods are to use the ban as a corrective measure to allow a member who has gotten especially fired up time to cool down and that most
bans are supposed to be temporary in nature, only 72 hours if my memory serves me correctly.
Funny thing is, I don’t see many members coming back after their time of penance and it makes me wonder whether they are being given the opportunity
to return or even told that their ban was meant to be temporary in nature. It makes me wonder if those “temporary” bans are really so temporary
after all. If it’s supposed to be a “temporary 72 hour ban” why do banned members need to go begging to the Mods to return after they have
served their time?
It could also be that some members were so upset about being banned that they left ATS for good but, I wonder in many cases if they even knew that
there was any possibility of return and never tried.
I’m not asking the Mods to comment on any specific cases but, I would be interested to hear what it takes to get thrown off of ATS for good and what
Mods consider to be especially egregious offences.
Also, just for fun, what do you think people SHOULD be banned for around here that may not necessarily be a violation of ATS T&Cs?