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  1. Subscriber Kewpie
    chess dummy
    03 Nov '12 12:01 / 1 edit
    Forum bans are normally issued by volunteer Forum Moderators for periods ranging from 1 day to (I think) 3 years. Length of sentence is based on severity of misdemeanour, as well as the number of previous bans given. I don't recall an indefinite ban ever being issued.
  2. Subscriber Kewpie
    chess dummy
    03 Nov '12 23:34 / 1 edit
    Many/most of us have never experienced a forum ban, and those that have rarely earn more than one. The process is that subscribers can click the "alert moderator" button if something annoys them, and enter their reason in the report which the mods see. Mostly the mods don't ban on their own account, they work off the Alerts Report and have to check the original posts/threads before they do anything. So if a ban of any kind has been issued, it has to have been bad enough to annoy at least two paying site members. Spamming - one definitiion is "posting frequently and irrelevantly in practically every thread, even if you have nothing to contribute to the discussion and are simply disrupting the dialogue with an empty link-only post" - is a bit like a small mole in an awkward spot. Mostly it doesn't bother you, but after you've bumped it 27 times in 10 minutes you're about ready to take a knife to it!

    The unpaid moderators on this site do a good job in my opinion, it's a thankless task, damned if you do and damned if you don't.
  3. Standard member RevRSleeker
    CerebrallyChallenged
    05 Nov '12 01:31 / 1 edit
    The post that was quoted here has been removed
    It would be too easy for a group of people to get all their pals to 'go vote him \ her into a ban'...it has to be the moderators decision alone, without doubt !
  4. Subscriber Kewpie
    chess dummy
    05 Nov '12 03:32
    Thumbs don't serve any useful purpose, and no moderator is going to trawl through pages of threads counting thumbs. Extremely unlikely! As I said mods respond to alerts (the other button) which show up in a special alerts report.
  5. Standard member Phlabibit
    Mystic Meg
    05 Nov '12 15:34
    The post that was quoted here has been removed
    Fortunately some are less temporary than others... but you already knew that.
  6. Standard member RevRSleeker
    CerebrallyChallenged
    06 Nov '12 18:04
    I did wonder if I'd been banned from the forum this afternoon lol...unable to get 'in' yet no announcement anywhere ?
  7. 06 Nov '12 19:48
    You and Phlab are on "double secret probation", so watch your step!
  8. 07 Nov '12 18:55
    where is the alert moderator button??
  9. Subscriber venda
    Dave
    07 Nov '12 20:36
    Originally posted by johnnylongwoody
    where is the alert moderator button??
    I suspect it's the exclamation mark after the thumbs buttons
  10. Standard member RevRSleeker
    CerebrallyChallenged
    07 Nov '12 21:43
    Originally posted by venda
    I suspect it's the exclamation mark after the thumbs buttons
    I think alerting is a subscriber only 'privilege'...
  11. Subscriber Kewpie
    chess dummy
    07 Nov '12 23:16
    Originally posted by RevRSleeker
    I think alerting is a subscriber only 'privilege'...
    It is. Nonsubs have to send feedback if they want to complain, or persuade a member to click the magic button. Probably just as well, if you think about some of the new people who wander on to this site. Bad luck for the good ones though.
  12. Standard member Phlabibit
    Mystic Meg
    08 Nov '12 16:32
    Originally posted by Kewpie
    It is. Nonsubs have to send feedback if they want to complain, or persuade a member to click the magic button. Probably just as well, if you think about some of the new people who wander on to this site. Bad luck for the good ones though.
    When I was moderating I'd suggested to Russ a way to grant alerts to longtime trusted scums. I still think it would be a good idea.
  13. Subscriber Kewpie
    chess dummy
    09 Nov '12 06:01
    Originally posted by Phlabibit
    When I was moderating I'd suggested to Russ a way to grant alerts to longtime trusted scums. I still think it would be a good idea.
    Agreed. Perhaps a time-based and/or game-based qualifier.
  14. Subscriber Ponderable
    chemist
    12 Nov '12 12:21
    Originally posted by Phlabibit
    When I was moderating I'd suggested to Russ a way to grant alerts to longtime trusted scums. I still think it would be a good idea.
    HOw about giving "valuable" members (non-sub) some privileges. This would a) recognise those who do contribute and
    b) maybe give some incentive for those interested in said privileges to behave accordingly.

    Of course there should be some criteria and the "honourary" membership should be not as tall as the subscriber one and should be retractable by Russ on short notice.
  15. 12 Nov '12 14:45
    Danger! Alert! non payer has arrived on the thread.