Hello everyone,

I thougt it might be interesting to hear what you think about the topic 'banning people'. I'm referring to the practice that some people are banned because they misbihave in the forums. What sort of people should, in your opinion, be banned as far as a site like this one is concerned? Why are users banned in the first place? Should a person who is about to be banned receive a warning so that they know they should either change their behaviour or leave the site?

Let me know what you think.
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Hi Englishuser,

I can see that here is nearly empty Emotion: wink So I don't want to miss an opportunity to say hello to you Emotion: smile. I'm a newcomer here and I like reading your threads, Englishuser. To be frank I'm surprised that this topic has no answers. I wonder why. Maybe we don't like talking about being rejected in forum or... we're afraid that while pointing at somebody's behaviour in this forum, we may offend somebody. Well, what is your opinion?

Have a nice day!

Divine
Hi Divine,

I started this thread mostly because I think we should always try to discuss and talk about semi-controversial issues of interest rather than be quiet about them. As I'm not a moderator or adminstrator here, I could very well be banned for posting something 'improper', and my chances to appeal about the decision would be very limited. Of course those in charge of the site need to obey by their local laws, and in principle anyone could take the owner of the domain to court. My personal opinion is that people should be warned if they misbehave themselves in the forums. This way, the person who is about to be banned has the chance to change their behaviour should they like to, or alternatively leave the site (involuntarily or voluntarily). But I'm definitely against banning where people who are banned simply can't continue to post on a site without receiving an explanation for why they were banned.
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Hi folks.

We often have occasion to delete posts, for a variety of reasons (see Guidelines, Terms and Conditions - on the main page). When deleting posts we also send the user a message which advises the reason for the deletion. If the user ignores our messages we issue at least one warning, usually many. If the user continues to ignore us, we then consider a ban. Bans are usually discussed between moderators before being implemented. Users excepted from this rather tolerant treatment are blatant advertisers, and users whose obvious and sole intention is to cause offense.
We ban an average of one user a month, and over fifty percent of those banned are users who only post advertisments.

Cheers for now,

Mike
Hi Mike in Japan,

Thanks for shedding some light on this issue. It's very much appreciated.
Mike In JapanHi folks.
If the user ignores our messages we issue at least one warning, usually many. If the user continues to ignore us, we then consider a ban.
Mike
It's good to know that you warn before considering a ban Emotion: smile I feel relieved Emotion: wink
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Put it this way, no-one who is just posting innocently will get banned, even if they accidentally break the rules a bit.

You'll only get banned if you really deserve it - for example people who just come here to insult other posters, which sadly does happen sometimes.
Mike In JapanHi folks.

We often have occasion to delete posts, for a variety of reasons (see Guidelines, Terms and Conditions - on the main page). When deleting posts we also send the user a message which advises the reason for the deletion. If the user ignores our messages we issue at least one warning, usually many. If the user continues to ignore us, we then consider a ban. Bans are usually discussed between moderators before being implemented. Users excepted from this rather tolerant treatment are blatant advertisers, and users whose obvious and sole intention is to cause offense.
We ban an average of one user a month, and over fifty percent of those banned are users who only post advertisments.

Cheers for now,

Mike
Well, you also use delete users without giving them any warnings while you leave their messages on your forum. Not the most democratic approach to put it mildly.
You wouldn't know if users received a warning or not as they are not done publicly.
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