Banned, reasons?

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DavyJones

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Was wondering, when I read threads, some of the members seemed to be banned. what kind of thing gets you banned and do you get warned first?
 

NicolaM

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I was wondering the same thing: and how come banned people can still post? Normally someone's banned, that's them off the website..
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DrMoriarty

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They can't post after they're banned, but their existing posts don't disappear.

Banning is usually a last resort for when — despite warnings — posters persistently breach the Posting Guidelines or otherwise abuse the forum.

Blatant spamming along the lines of "60GB iPod for $299 ...LOOK NOW!!!' will obviously incur an immediate ban.
 

Sn@kebite

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They can't post after they're banned, but their existing posts don't disappear.
I've seen a few post from a couple years ago where the user was not registered and still posted (?).
If someone was banned, couldn't they just post without registration?

Or is that discontinued nowadays.
 

Brendan Burgess

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One important thing to remember is that the offensive posts are removed. So you see the acceptable posts.

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Bronte

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I asked the same question once and apparently some banned posters are alowed to post if it's not rude or offensive. I guess their posts set of a red light or alarm or something to the moderators.
 

davidoco

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Are we able to find out how many black marks are next to our names?

Usually you'll post to a particular thread. It will be deleted. You'll forget about the thread unless you come across it again and notice that your post was deleted. Stealth moderating.
 

DavyJones

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I've noticed that some posters that have been banned have lots of posts to their credit, would they have gotten a few warnings?
 

DrMoriarty

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Possibly.

Having lots of posts to your name is no guarantee of immunity from the banning stick. On a particularly bad day, I've been known to ban myself. ;)
 

MandaC

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I can understand the significant time taken in moderating this board and can only imagine the hassle involved. Think that the mods do a great job in general and I know I would not have the patience for it.

However, I feel lately that its quite difficult to ask a question without being subjected to "harsh" replies. I posted a question recently about TUPE which concerns me at at the moment. I was at the stage where I was starting to think, will I post this, or will I just leave it and search the info on the web myself.

Anyway, posted the question among my numerous questions on the topic and sure enough "is that really high on your list of priorities", type of reply. Then felt very foolish for asking the question.

In my next post, voiced the fact that my initial fear about asking the questions were those type of remarks. I was then given a black mark or whatever that is for off topic remarks.

Just a couple of days later, I then read the thread on magic mum where various people stated that they dont use the forum any more for fear of being made to feel stupid for asking basic questions.

I think thats a real shame and defeats the purpose of the forum. I am an ordinary joesephine soap and have down the years got access to some really beneficial information because of AAM.

Thinking about it, this is probably off topic too, and will probably get me a belt of the banning stick too, if I am not careful.

To quote Mr. Ian Dury......hit me with your banning stick.....hit me....hit me...(thats a joke, I just dont know how to insert the smiley face thingy!)
 

Sn@kebite

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Just a couple of days later, I then read the thread on magic mum where various people stated that they dont use the forum any more for fear of being made to feel stupid for asking basic questions.
In fairness to the Mods, if it really was a basic question, the probability is high that the answer would easily be found via the search function or google.

It can be very tiresome for members on this site to answer the same question 400 million times to different users.
 

MandaC

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Yes, totally accept your point. Some of the very basic questions being answered a million times before and titles like "question", or rambling incoherent posts are annoying to read and must be 10 times harder to moderate.

What I don't like the sound of, however, is cases where people feel they should not contradict answers given, even if in their experience, the advice is not correct. In a shared forum like this, that can be dangerous.

I also think that some answers in a very cutting manner, "is that really important to you" or "why do you want to know" are unhelpful and would put people off asking questions in future.

Just my tuppenceworth anyway.
 

Brendan Burgess

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Manda C

One thing which is very annoying for users of Askaboutmoney is where an important topic is dragged off topic. Suddenly you find people arguing about something else. This is clear in the Posting Guidelines and is respected by most people.

You dragged an important topic off topic. A moderator has to spend time editing your post. We would much prefer to ask questions and answer them to dealing with people who think that AAM should allow the free association type posts which are allowed on other forums. Your post was left but the off-topic bit was deleted. Personally, I think that the Mod was lenient. It is much easier to delete whole posts than to edit them. That is what I would have done.

Most people read the Posting Guidelines and adhere to them. But our Posting Guidelines don't suit everyone.

Brendan
 

MandaC

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We will have to agree to disagree on this one.

Again, you are right not to waste time arguing over nothing instead of spending time answering relevant questions. I am just making the point that some of the sharp replies may and do indeed appear to put some people off asking questions in the first place.
 
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Miles

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In fairness to the Mods, if it really was a basic question, the probability is high that the answer would easily be found via the search function or google.

It can be very tiresome for members on this site to answer the same question 400 million times to different users.
In fairness you could apply that logic to any question asked on the AAM forum.
 
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