I wish you guys would understand that banning isn’t any of your business. When it happens, it’s a last resort and it’s between me and the person in question. But since it makes such good gossip, I guess it’s hard not to spectulate…ya bunch of yentas!
Oh well. I understand. Here goes: With Jose, as you guys can imagine, there was a fair amount of back-and-forth. I was always worried that he was a little young for the forum. In fact, because of him, I’ve started paying more attention to the ages on new accounts.
So way back when, I asked him to chill out and we decided he was going to just lurk for a while. He then registered a new account, lied to me about who he was to get it switched on, and continued to post. When I found out he had done this, I closed both his accounts.
He continues to email me once a month or so with plaintive one-liners like ‘Do you still hate me?’ or ‘Can I please come back?’, and I have to explain that I don’t hate him, but nevertheless I don’t feel he fits in very well and there are plenty of other online forums more suited to him.
So that’s the deal with Jose.
I’ve already mentioned what happened with Brian, but just to reiterate: he posted some race-baiting stuff in P&R that, in his usual heavy-handed space cadet way, was supposed to be, I dunno, a parody of Cleve or something. I PMed him, said I didn’t think it was appropriate and would he mind if I deleted it or at least moved it to Everything Else? He responded, basically telling me to fuck off, to quit interfering with the forum, to stop being a patriarch, and other such stuff with randomly capitalized words. So I closed his account.
As you guys know, there are very few rules on the forum. If you break one of them, or if I think you’re being out of line, I’ll email you and ask you not to do it. I can even entertain some back-and-forth if you think there are grey areas. But if your immediate response is something like what Brian did, or if there are further problems, the account will be closed.
It’s very simple and I try very hard to make sure it’s never personal. There are plenty of people on this forum who I might not like, inasmuch as you can not like someone over the internet, and plenty of people on this forum who don’t like me. And they’re all welcome to be here, as long as they can play relatively nice.