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News: Formal rule on banning people from your thread
To all forum members:
We have historically been a lightly moderated site. One of the privileges we give to our thread starters is the ability to effectively ban other posters from their thread. We expect the thread starters to use this privilege sparingly, and to abide by the following rules:
1) If you start a thread about someone, banning them is not an option
2) If you request a person leave the thread, you may not respond to any post that person has posted in your thread, either before or after your request
3) if you ban someone, and then reply to a post of theirs, or bring them back up to another poster, they may return free of consequence
4) If you are asked to leave or not participate, you must comply immediately when a moderator tells you to.
5) If you are asked to leave or not participate, you are forbidden from providing your input to other posters for them to post on your behalf
If you are caught breaking the rules of a thread ban, you will be moderated, receive infraction points as necessary, and all of your subsequent responses in the thread will be deleted. Of course, you may appeal to a moderator for reconsideration if you can prove your case, but we ask that you do so via private message and not in the thread. You may also start your own thread to respond if you choose.
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There has been some misunderstanding and disagreements about what power the Thread Starter has over his thread, who he can ban, when he can ban them and so on. To make it clearer, in addition to the rules above this is how the actual banning will work:
Basically, we want to let the thread starter to have some power over how his thread is run. So if they want a serious thread, or a silly one, strictly on topic or wandering where it will, that is all up to them. They can close the thread anytime they want by asking a mod to close it. They can limit who participates in the thread to a certain extent. The latter is where we have been having some questions. Because of the arguments that have arisen when we just allowed anyone to ban anyone without moderator input, from now on nobody is banned until a moderator says so in an official notice.
1. The thread owner can limit who can participate in the first post. They can say "Only Christians" or "Only people who wear blue jeans" "no spamming" or whatever. IF they have a history of problems with certain posters, they may request that those people not participate. But this is not to be taken to extremes and can be denied by moderator decision if we believe it is being abused. In other words, you can't just use this power to keep any critics out of your thread so you can "win"
2. If someone is breaking the rules, the thread owner should first give them a warning to stop. If they don't, the thread owner may ASK them to leave. IF the person is being disruptive, uncivil, trolling, or off topic it will usually be granted. If the person is on topic and being civil, it will not be. This is a debate forum. We want debate. This is not a blog site. All OP rules must apply equally to everyone in a thread. For example, if you say "no spam" and you let everyone spam but try to enforce it on only one person, then that will not be allowed.
3. When a thread owner asks someone to leave, they should at the SAME time, report the post that is making them want the person to leave and say "I asked so-and-so to leave because _____________" (specify the reason.) IF the moderator agrees then he will post a notice in the thread saying that person is banned from the thread. If there is no notice, then they are not banned.
4. If after banning someone from a thread, the thread owner mentions them or responds to an earlier post by them, then the person banned can respond to that post and is no longer banned
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