As all of you know, Levitate Me’s forums are basically analogous to the first circle of hell in Dante’s Inferno, only for banned Qt3ers instead of pre-Christian philosophers such as Socrates and Plato. Instead of cenobites tearing off the flesh of the damned with rusty hooks and making them scream out their eternal agonies through defecating mouths, Tyjenks and Cathcart torture Met_K and Cookiepants with rusty quips about post counts and ducks as their victims spew out vulgarities at one another typed entirely in capital letters. It isn’t quite hell, but sometimes it is as close to hell as a half-empty forum can be.
Anyway, there is an interesting thread over there about the Qt3 bannings, in which Met_K and Cookiepants lay down the four-one-one on why they were banned. It’s about what you’d expect: two grown men armed entirely with capitalized swear words typing paragraph after paragraph in which they compare their crusade against Cleve Blakemore to a Red Beret’s crusade against New York City rapists. They weren’t banned, they were martyred. It is all a real yuk and I recommend everyone read the thread for that alone.
But I’m really not calling attention to the thread in order to drudge up the silly old banning thing again, but rather because our favorite forum autistic makes a brief little appearance there and ended up hammering in his single most quotable post since the infamous “most respected thinker on this forum, by far” episode.
Here we go!
I hope just the opposite. One of the outcomes of my recent posts on the Qt3 bannings is to make the Tom/Mark entity re-think its banning paradigm.
I wouldn’t mind setting up a layered system whereby I became the first line of defense… only when my “doctoring” fails will the Tom/Mark entity step in with the ban stick. I don’t trust Tom/Mark to handle things on its own, not after its treatments this summer. What a monstrosity this whole thing was.
I really don’t trust its silence, either. It has no confidence in its actions. It can’t even talk about its motivations. Bad, bad, bad.[/quote]
Just to reiterate: Brian Koontz “wouldn’t mind” electing himself as both the first AND last line of defense between “it” -“the Tom/Mark entity” (otherwise known as “The Godhead”) - and the rest of us in actually moderating “it’s” own forums. And man, look at that wacky sentence right there, starting with “One of the outcomes of my recent posts…” Um, Mark, Tom… has a recent outcome of Koontz’ blithering doofusisms about “full disclosure” been that you have completely rethought your compartively lenient banning policy? I thought the only outcome was you seriously reconsidered banning Koontz, whom, in an alternate universe where Sparta somehow won the French and Indian War, would have been thrown into a pit with a pack of feral dogs the very first time it occurred to him to spend all of his time manually accumulating instantly-dated web board statistics that are automatically available in real time anyway.
I also like the part where Brian talks about “doctoring” those who would be banned - I can only imagine that this is the same form of “doctoring” that Koontz performs so fervently on the infertile, the prepubescent and the elderly to escape the moral taboo of rape that he has spent so much time thoughtfully redefining for all of us. Machfive - time to start pissing the Tom/Mark entity off! Better yet, Mark/Tom, perhaps you could arrange for Brian to go doctor himself?