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Originally posted by eriktheawful
Several of us here on ATS have been wondering if there is some sort of unknown rule here on ATS that can get one banned. A rule that you either violate one too many times, or even once is enough, and no mater what your standing here, it automatically gets you banned.
ATS'ers are curious people. We tend to be very intelligent and do not accept everything at face value (it's a conspiracy site after all).
The problem is, we see someone banned from the site. On the surface this is not unusual. Spammers and Spambots get banned all the time. People with obvious violations of the T&C's, especially repeat offenders, and many other reasons that are very obvious and can be seen just by looking at the banned member's profile and at their posting history.
But then we see long time members with very good standing with ATS become banned. And we are curious people (Deny Ignorance), but there is no obvious reason for it.
We also understand that the T&C's allow the site owners to reserve the right to ban anyone they so choose. It's their site.
However the problem is we can't even ask: why? It's against the T&C's to discuss this and those threads get locked quickly of course.
This tends to drive us ATS'ers just a bit insane. As I said, we're a curious bunch. Many of us tend to be just a bit paranoid (some a LOT), and when we see long standing members, some who have been here for many years, suddenly get banned for no obvious reason we can see, it makes us go kind of batty.
In a lot of ways this is like walking up to someone that we know is very, very paranoid, and whispering in their ears: "They are coming." just for fun and watch the guy freak out.
Worse: we have no recourse to find out the "why" of it most of the times. Some of us try contacting the banned member, but they act just as clueless, with no idea of why it happened.
This makes some of us start wondering if there is some sort of "hidden" rule, an 11th commandment so to speak, that we're not aware of that can get you banned, without notice. And if there is such a rule......then how do we avoid breaking it?
This reminds me of someone being grabbed off the street and thrown in jail, but are not told what law it was that they broke. People around them also are not allowed to know what law they broke.
I know ATS is not a public street. It's more of a house party with the site owners being the owners of the house and all of us members are guests. Owners of the house reserve the right to toss any guest they want out on their ear if they feel like it, and do not have to tell the rest of the guests why.
But a good host to a party would explain why, especially if it was not obvious at all.
So I guess what some of us are wondering is this: we're guests at your party, and for the most part try to make sure we remain civil and follow the party rules. But we're seeing other guests that seem to be both civil and following the party rules, suddenly grabbed and thrown out the door.
The rest of the guests are starting to get rather paranoid and worried: what if I'm next? Should I stop posting and just lurk? Will my next post get me thrown out because I have NO idea what it was that Johnny (made up name) who just got escorted out the front door did so I can avoid doing it too?
Would it be possible to have things change so that if someone is banned, instead of seeing just "Banned" under their profile name, we see "Banned XX, X" where "X" is simply the rule number or numbers that they violated?
I'm not asking that we be allowed to discuss it, or pester the staff about it. Simply that it allows the rest of us terrified guests to see what rule it was that got them tossed out the door.
Note: because talking about people who have been banned is against the T&C's I have made sure NOT to mention or hint at any banned member's names in this post.
Originally posted by Doodle19815
So since everyone is being open here - my question is.....can a mod get banned?
Originally posted by DaveNorris
wasnt there something like 300 original commandments in the bible? howd it get wittled down to just 10?