- Mar 29, 2008
^^^For most situations. I mean I wouldn't have said a word or asked a single question if I knew that he
1. Had his own company - however small or large.
2. Used multiple accounts at the same time, using one to support the others.
1. Would be clear reason for warning.
2. Would be clear reason for a permaban.
My main point is that it should NOT be NECESSARY to explain this. **IF** the members were reading the threads, they were clearly aware that he was a returning banned member who had a small, Chinese, "gadget" company that was trying to expand into lasers, by using the forum as his main market.
It was well known that he was banned because he had multiple accounts.
Since newer members and members who did not know the history began asking for "clarification", the moderator was either forced to respond or ignore the requests of the members. The moderator, at that point, is in a lose/lose situation. They either lose lots of time and energy (explaining) or they lose the respect and trust of the membership.
BOTH of the pieces of information that you decided made the difference for YOU was available to the moderators AND to anyone who has paid attention in the last two months. (I have already explained the process and need for some threads to be deleted) However, instead of saying, "I do not know all the facts, but I trust that the moderators do not act in a capricious manner." You said, "Explain it to me well enough that I will agree that I would do the same thing."
When individual members "demand" that their personal questions be answered about a moderator's action, it opens a floodgate of drama. EACH member can have a question about a different aspect of the reason for the ban. That requires the moderator to answer EACH member individually. In addition, many members are NOT satisfied with the simple explanation (like the question herein). That leads to multiple posts and/or PM's to EACH member.
That then makes the situation a lose/lose for the forum as well. The moderator must take time away from moderating, which leads to an increase in SPAM and drama, which leads to more calls for moderation while there is less moderating going on
I, obviously, need more students to come in during my office hours today