Banned From the Warrior Forum…Disgrace or Badge of Honor?
If it were not that this incident would eventually be discovered by someone and would ultimately come to the attention of my readers, I wouldn’t even dignify it with an acknowledgement. However, my readers and friends deserve more.
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My stomach began to churn, and I could feel my face burning! This can’t be!
How do you get banned for spamming when your best effort at marketing is a timid little line in your signature, when your blog is probably the worst monetized on the web, and my mailing list members can certainly verify that I have never attempted to sell them anything that had a dollar sign attached to it–not even in a P.S. or in a one-liner under my signature?
If you think I’m going to tell you the answer, you’re wrong, because I don’t know myself. When I was banned, I wasn’t even shown the courtesy of citing the forum post that caused the ban. The screen shot you see above just flashed on my screen when I tried to resume posting after having gone to my control panel for a few minutes.
I’m sorry that I can’t be fair and tell you both sides of the story, and I do think I know the REAL reason, but I’ll get to that later. I’ve been around long enough to know what spam is, so there’s no possibility that I did it accidentally–and I have zero tolerance for spam, myself.
There’s another thing I have zero tolerance for, too. That’s having my integrity questioned. False accusations do just that. Unsubstantiated ones do, too. Those Terms of Service in ALL forums state that they can throw you out at any time for any or no reason…no explanation or justification required. Rather un-American, isn’t it, repudiating the tenets of that justice system we’re so proud of? You know: innocent until proven guilty, the right to confront your accuser, the right to freedom of speech… That kind of banning sounds like what goes on in the third world dictatorships.
Even so, those Terms of Service are both understandable and justifiable. Forums couldn’t operate if black-hat marketers, smart-alecks, and other assorted weirdoes who demanded a ‘hearing’ or explanation as to why they were banned–or sued or threatened to sue the forum–were catered to. But, members who have been around a while, who have made positive contributions to the forum, and have had no serious issues previously (I throw that last one in because I once had a thread deleted by what I assumed to be a wannabe moderator, even though I explained in the new thread why I was starting it when a relevant thread already existed) don’t deserve the same treatment.
After rounding up and discounting the usual suspects–someone stole my username, a moderator hit the wrong button , or I was mistaken for another member with a similar username–I headed for the internet to see what I could learn. I was astonished–as in ASTONISHED!–by what I found, both in quantity and content.
- The Warrior Forum’s policy of indiscriminate banning has been drawing fire for more than a year.
- There are several blogs generated by banned members.
- This 4-page thread at Anthony Blake Online forum. A real eye-opener!
I’m getting a little ahead of myself here, but none of the people I found posting on forums or commenting on blog posts reported being banned for anything other than spamming. That has made me suspect that that is the only occasion for a permanent ban, suggesting it is what they use when they need an excuse to get rid of someone they simply don’t like.
For clarification, here’s my side of the story:
A thread had been started about the deterioration of the War Room since it was opened to the public with the subject “What happened to theWar Room?” I replied, “Excuse me for laughing, but couldn’t you see it coming from a mile away? I saved my $37 dollars.” Someone replied to me with “*Note to self…Pass over any WSO’s or skip getting on any mailing list from this one…That’s a ***poor attitude to have.” (Isn’t that cute?) I suspect that that is the origin of the ban.
This entire site (and I am the entire site) emphasizes that integrity, honesty, and openness are its foundation, and if you can genuinely challenge that, you are welcome to post a comment to that effect. (NB: Don’t try to be cute or confrontational; I’ll delete your comment.) Not surprisingly, then, I can hardly regret an incident that revealed I was associated with and participating in an organization that I consider not in accord with my own standards.
A final comment: The Warrior Forum belongs to Allen Says, and he (along with any Warrior Forum member – there’s a sticky on the forum explaining that policy) can ban anyone for any reason that suits his fancy. In the end, all of this indiscriminate and unwarranted banning says a lot more about Allen Says than it does about me and the rest his innocent victims. I fully support justifiable bans.