Montreal Wanderer wrote:
I posted it so the matter can finally be put to rest. Personally I don't really mind to much about informing people of permanent bans, as I know members have forum relationships (no gay pun!) and should be informed if that member has been perminantly banned.
One thing we won't do though is make temporary bans public. The reasons for this are surely obvious.
Obvious or not, that is your policy and I certainly accept it. In my experience the TW mods make every effort to get posters to stop whatever behaviour is upsetting them and I'm sure PMs are exchanged before even a temporary ban is instituted. It is probable the in-group clique - sorry - the members of site admin discuss these matters at length. Permanent bans on TW are therefore most likely to be quite justified. Some on the list I was sorry to see there and have no idea why they were banned. Nozza was a long time member from a foreign team and kept me uptodate on the North-East. Trotter58 led the hilarious invasion of the Marseilles fan site. I assume that at some point they were asked to modify their behaviour and either carried right on or got into a slanging match with site admin over the matter. My own theory is that no permanent ban should take place until all parties have had a chance to sober up and reflect on matters - i.e. the process should take at least 24 hours and be ratified. Perhaps this is what happens.
Anyway I'm sorry for having created a fuss and hope there are no hard feelings over this matter. Pace.
Pace? Is that your surname Monty?
No problems with anything you have said Monty.
No-one is ever permanently banned from T-W until all other efforts to get those members to adhere to the site rules have been exhausted. We also try in most cases to moderate threads and posts as quickly as possible, so other members aren't offended by the post/thread in question. Nozza for example, who seamed a nice enough fella was guilty of one of the worse possible offences, on four separate and purposeful occasions. The lad had serious issues!
You are right in thinking that members are almost always PMed about their conduct and asked to cease or rectify their actions before any action is taken, and even then a ban, be it temporary or permanent is always put to discussion before a final decision in made.
There is absolutely no glory in the position of MOD or Admin. You are hated by most and respected by few. Not to mention the fact that it's a full time job ensuring the site is kept up to date and well presented, before we even get on the boards. Some of the Admin, Mod and editors can't even find the time to enjoy the site and read the threads and post their thoughts and opinions, because there is always something to do first. The front page, end of season awards, T-W T-Shirts, fanzines, match reports, previews, set pieces, columnists, the list goes on. We have dedicated members who go out of their way and work their nads off for no praise or reward, other then to see the site running smoothly for the enjoyment of others.
Sorry, went a little of track there
Anywooo, you will have to take our word for it, that we never ban anyone without just cause.
Right, that said, I've got to put my Larrel and Hardy tash back on and grease my hair down to the side before getting back to the boards.