Originally Posted by Diesel
Ban reasons should be public.
Makes no sense "protecting privacy" of an online alias. That is crazy.
The policy is an extension of our infractions policy. When a member breaks a posting rule (personal attack, discouraging another member from posting, promoting meat, etc.
,) we try not to advertise it all over the boards, but handle it behind the scenes, through personal messages with the offending member. We prefer to privately educate rule-breakers, rather than to publicly "punish" them, which may be an humiliation for them. We feel, if we show them some courtesy, they may in turn begin to show it to others too. Whether this is the best policy I suppose is subject to debate. Six of one, half a dozen of the other. Some believe public chastisement is the way to go. We ask very little of our members, and we certainly don't tell them what to think, but we do ask for common courtesy, that they not try to sell products and refrain from promoting non-vegetarian habits, among other things.
How do we know he/she wasn't banned because some mod simply didn't like him? I wouldn't want to be in a community like that.
This isn't that sort of community. VB
mods are not permitted to ban members on their own. Bans- except in cases of obvious commercial spammers, porn-peddlers, etc.
- cannot occur, until there has been extensive discussion among the mods, and then only by majority vote; furthermore, our policy is, bans can only occur in cases of chronic, repeat offenders- by those who have demonstrated over time a refusal to follow our simple rules, by breaking them over and over.