Just a question for the mods. Since when is arguing a bunch a bannable offense? I've seen way too many people banned on these forums for arguing with others. They weren't calling people names, or breaking any other clear cut rules. I understand that some users may be really damned stubborn, and keep arguing way past the point where they've lost the argument. I've done it myself on occasion. But is that really grounds for a ban, or even a permaban?
Some people see things in such a light that there is almost no chance of changing their mind. I get it. It's annoying to see those users flood a thread with pointless back and forth over an argument that they probably lost ten replies ago. But a permaban? Really?
Other longtime users have basically up and left the site because they were tired of getting 5 day bans for the same reason as stated above. A lot of these users happened to be fun IMO for about 3/4ths of the time, with the occasional endless debate popping up. But again, I don't think annoying behavior like that deserves a ban.
The number of longtime users that have been permabanned, or left the site in disgust is way too high.
It's clear who you're referring to here, and I'd just like to add onto what @the-pi-guy has said and clear something up.
He wasn't permabanned "just for arguing", but based on a multitude of things. He's been a problem user for a while now, and has constantly been harassing both the mod team and users in one way or another. By the end of last year it got to the point where, rather than getting rid of him there and then, we decided to extend the olive branch, we gave him a choice; he had one more chance to sort himself out and drop his bad habits. After the 60 day ban we gave him (Which is the longest we've given anyone that I'm aware of) we thought that was it, but recently he came back and has had his disruptive fingers in pies all around the forums.
As I told him in his ban note, he was actually meant to be permabanned last week for his behaviour in another thread, as was agreed upon in his previous 60 day ban note, but as I had a lot of things going on at the time, I overlooked it and gave him a week long ban instead, only realising my mistake shortly after applying it.
So yeah, fastforward to the present where he was given an accidental second chance and blew it, we saw no improvement in his behaviour, still arguing with people, we had reports of harassment, flaming, trolling, and he also sent us some strongly worded emails upon his ban too, all of which sort of proved he couldn't live up to his part of the deal we made back in November.
And that's why he's been permabanned. I could go into more detail but don't think I need to, as I feel I've clarified the reason here.
Last edited by Bristow9091 - on 11 July 2019