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Doctor Q

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The "Banned" title used to apply to both temporary and permanent bans. Even though moderation issues are handled privately, we added the separate "In Time-Out" title for temporary bans so that others would know it wasn't permanent.

The reason and length of the "time-out" are not shown, but they are known to the member involved.

If someone is "Banned" or "In Time-Out" it means they broke forum rules. The severity, frequency, or circumstances determine which type of ban it is.
 

kwood

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In the Great White North.
that first link was well a long read but a good read.
And also ironic that the third and sixth person to post in that thread are now currently banned. They even read how and why banning works. Must have used the "Do not" list as a guide.:D

Kidding, I don't know why they got banned, and I apologize in advanced if the comment offends anyone.
 

Blue Velvet

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Jul 4, 2004
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As a newish mod, I just want to add a personal note here.

There are very few people that I personally enjoy banning... commercial spammers usually. The decision to time-out or ban someone isn't taken lightly, or honestly, even with much pleasure, and is usually in agreement with others or after a review of their actions.

As jsw and Q mentioned in the thread linked to by devilot, we're volunteers, we do this because we've also come to love the site and its community in our own ways, and we don't need or want our time taken up with vendettas and persecuting certain forum members... it's just too draining.

So if you find yourself attracting attention from a particular mod, it's usually because they've noticed a pattern of behaviour that breaks forum rules in some way or another and the mod is perhaps being more active in one forum or thread where the transgressions are taking place.
 

CalBoy

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this thread. Along with the Forum Rules, and hell, the FAQs, too. Lotsa great info.
That OP by jsw was very informative...I didn't even know it existed. Can it be stickied again?

The decision to time-out or ban someone isn't taken lightly, or honestly, even with much pleasure, and is usually in agreement with others or after a review of their actions.

As jsw and Q mentioned in the thread linked to by devilot, we're volunteers, we do this because we've also come to love the site and its community in our own ways, and we don't need or want our time taken up with vendettas and persecuting certain forum members... it's just too draining.

So if you find yourself attracting attention from a particular mod, it's usually because they've noticed a pattern of behaviour that breaks forum rules in some way or another and the mod is perhaps being more active in one forum or thread where the transgressions are taking place.
This is a bit of a tangent question, but how are situations handled wherein the poster creates only minor annoyances? For example, new posters which refuse to use multi-quote, or who create duplicate threads on a repeated basis (even if they've already been told before not to do it)? I only ask because this seems to be happening with greater frequency now than before.
 

Blue Velvet

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This is a bit of a tangent question, but how are situations handled wherein the poster creates only minor annoyances?
A number of different strategies are employed. Let's just say they're handled in different ways depending on the situation and forum member involved.
 

dukebound85

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As a newish mod, I just want to add a personal note here.

There are very few people that I personally enjoy banning... commercial spammers usually. The decision to time-out or ban someone isn't taken lightly, or honestly, even with much pleasure, and is usually in agreement with others or after a review of their actions.

As jsw and Q mentioned in the thread linked to by devilot, we're volunteers, we do this because we've also come to love the site and its community in our own ways, and we don't need or want our time taken up with vendettas and persecuting certain forum members... it's just too draining.

So if you find yourself attracting attention from a particular mod, it's usually because they've noticed a pattern of behaviour that breaks forum rules in some way or another and the mod is perhaps being more active in one forum or thread where the transgressions are taking place.
how is being picked to become a mod determined? as i would like to be considered sometime down the line. lol im surprised madjew isn't one or dare i say lacero (i know he/she/it is gone but he/she/it dominated these boards during his time!)

blue velvet, did you become a mod this past summer? i ask because i remember you not as one then i went somewhere where i had no internet for the summer and then came back and noticed you were one.
 

rdowns

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The chosen few never asked for the job except one who practically begged. :p
 

CalBoy

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The chosen few never asked for the job except one who practically begged. :p
I can't possibly figure out who you're talking about:rolleyes::p

Although it will be interesting to see who/if bousozoku's replacement will be (his status says retired...I hope nothing bad).
 

CRAZYBUBBA

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how is being picked to become a mod determined? as i would like to be considered sometime down the line. lol im surprised madjew isn't one or dare i say lacero (i know he/she/it is gone but he/she/it dominated these boards during his time!)
i just wanted to second that, Mad Jew is def a solid contributor.
 

CalBoy

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i just wanted to second that, Mad Jew is def a solid contributor.
MJ is a lot like those wise karate masters; he has the knowledge, wisdom, and ability, but he won't take on any position of power:p In a way, I think it's good because Mods have a lot of work to do (I imagine), and MJ is much better at helping others. If he had to waste time cleaning up bad posts, fixing threads, etc, would he be able to help as many posters with their problems? I'm not so sure, since he is human (we think:p).

Just my 2 cents.
 
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