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Following much speculation about his suspicious posting, Mike L has been banned (from the Ebola thread!).

For the benefit of other investigative moderators, it seems as if one of the library computers at the University of Wisconsin, Madison is running bots.
 

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'elle' is banned for being a sock puppet of George P (and his two alter egos: Carmilla/Carmilla K).

And for flaming three members with 'her' only two posts.

Not very good at subtle.
 

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AlchoPwn recieves a Green Warning for bigotry and general unpleasantness.
 

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Schwadevivre recieves a Green Warning for lack of respect for other members and failure to heed instructions.
 

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18.52 The Borzoi given warning in PM and on thread - "anti-semitic conspiracy bollocks is not welcome here"

20.24-21.06 The Borzoi ignores this and so Amber warning is issued.

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22.21 The Borzoi has been handed a 6 month ban.
 

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4th of April, noon

Warning to INT21 for repeatedly ignoring communications from Mods and continuing to spin scuttlebutt about rules.

New members, and others, don't deserve to have threads derailed and waters muddied by this nonsense
 

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AlchoPwn has had a bad day:

...grow a frikkin' brain Martin!
My advice to you Martin, is wipe the dung off your face, use your torch to burn your pitchfork, and enter the 21st century you retarded dark ages peasant.
Christianity is a disgustingly hypocritical cult with a sea of blood on its hands.
...what can you expect from a hate cult like Christianity I suppose?
I apologise and promise not to call Martin a retarded dark ages peasant with dung on his face again. I will in future refer to him as "medievally challenged".
The frustrating thing is that this member is clearly knowledgable and submits interesting and well-documented posts; unfortunately, these valuable contributions are periodically interspersed with others that feature the kind of unpleasantries shown above. In this case, we have him levelling insults at a brand new poster and--once again--spitting overly generalised anti-religious venom. The only variation on the regular theme is that today it's Christianity that is foul, where yesterday it was Islam.

For the avoidance of doubt, anybody here is free to say that they dislike, disagree with and do not believe in any religion. They are equally free to enumerate the arguments against their metaphysical claims and detail their deleterious effects. What we do not want is the kind of broad-brush, incendiary rhetoric that--although undeniably fun to write--alienates perfectly reasonable members. We're not concerned specifically about 'offending believers', but if such believers are to be offended it must not be through want of nuance and specificity.

We have no interest in hosting rants fuelled by an inverted Paiselyite obsession.

Alcopwn has been contacted but has declined to respond.

TL;DR:
AlchoPwn receives an Amber Warning.
We do not want to take this further, but one more and it's farewell.
 

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After repeated informal warnings about posting behaviour @bob61 is being issued with an amber warning.

We will continue to work with him in PM.
bob61 is taking a break until Friday to allow himself time to catch up with his outstanding correspondence and swot-up on the etiquette manual.

He hasn't been banned.
 

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Shortly after the end of his wee break, @bob61 decided to continue as before.

Another short term break from us is now in operation.
 

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@bob61 is now able to post. We are hoping he takes on board the guidance he has been given...
 

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Unfortunately Bob61 declined to take advice from Mods and has now been banned

Among other things...

This isn't a place for posting rubbish about any creed, race or whatever. When asked for evidence to support the posts nothing was forthcoming.
Multiple staff tried multiple times to work with Bob61. His rare responses were rude, included ad hominem attacks and showed no understanding of the issues
A very heavy steer was given that once the temporary mute was removed Bob61 should stay away from the threads where he seemed to be unable to contribute.
Unfortunately when the mute came off he started immediately with false assertions, rudeness and repetition of the recurring issues, both on thread and in PM.

Many of us have topics we don't post about because we can't do so within the rules (me and Scottish Independence for example! :) ) It isn't impossible to do.

We really did try folks.

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Despite a succession of official warnings and some private correspondence, Alchopwn had returned to being unpleasant to other members.

Ordinarily one more warning would result in a permanent ban, but in this case we have elected to make it three months.

We do not like removing members with lengthy and interesting post histories, but this is a discussion board, not a sparring club, and his tone has often been mean-tempered--usually towards those with religious beliefs.

To be clear, all religions and faiths are fair game for criticism, but we will not have fellow members hectored and belittled.

If Alchopwn wishes to return, the door will re-open on 6/8/19.
 

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INT21 receives an amber warning for starting a thread about immigration and how a surprising number of people live in ghettos (now removed).

Yes, really.

This was jaw-droppingly tone-deaf given the fact that there has recently been a very public debate about how to keep this community together.

There have also been a number of explict warnings posted by the moderators saying that we will not see the board dragged away from Forteana and into 'Culture Wars'. Once again, we do not say your political musings are wrong (or right), but simply that we will not be debating them here.

Immigration, the perils of Islam, the evils of the E.U., SJWs Vs Antifa, the IRA, the SNP, 'black crime', Boris, Trump, A.O.C, Pelosi, Corbyn and a whole host of YouTube political 'personalities': if there isn't a clear Fortean angle to discuss, we don't want it here. Where there is a Fortean angle (usually Conspiracy), please give us a decent source, not opportunistic crap.

The amber warning lasts for six months.
 

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Nils Meijer has been issued a green warning levied in response to his excessively angry and spiteful comments posted during a flamefest on Friday.

All posts comprising this unfortunate incident - including comments from bystanders and pleas for calm - have been eradicated. Now stripped of the toxic bits, the thread in question will be returned to public view and reopened.

Follow-on posts alluding to, discussing, or continuing the deleted Friday flamefest will themselves be subject to perfunctory elimination and evaluation as potential grounds for further sanctions.
 

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Nils Meijer has been issued a green warning levied in response to his excessively angry and spiteful comments posted during a flamefest on Friday.

All posts comprising this unfortunate incident - including comments from bystanders and pleas for calm - have been eradicated. Now stripped of the toxic bits, the thread in question will be returned to public view and reopened.

Follow-on posts alluding to, discussing, or continuing the deleted Friday flamefest will themselves be subject to perfunctory elimination and evaluation as potential grounds for further sanctions.
Nils Meijer is now banned.

We tried to engage with him, but he just sent back the kind of text that was causing the problem in the first place.

Conspiracy, world emergency, fear of the truth? We're just asking you not to be a nuisance.

We really did try to engage with him, but it was unfruitful and very, very long.
 

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Despite a succession of official warnings and some private correspondence, Alchopwn had returned to being unpleasant to other members.

Ordinarily one more warning would result in a permanent ban, but in this case we have elected to make it three months.

We do not like removing members with lengthy and interesting post histories, but this is a discussion board, not a sparring club, and his tone has often been mean-tempered--usually towards those with religious beliefs.

To be clear, all religions and faiths are fair game for criticism, but we will not have fellow members hectored and belittled.

If Alchopwn wishes to return, the door will re-open on 6/8/19.
Now unbanned.
 

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And has been 'sin-binned' for 72hrs while we deal with the matter.

Fingers crossed some agreement can be reached.
Analogue Boy's account has been restored to normal and we hope he comes back to use it.

There was some confusion about its status: he is on an amber warning (well, two greens = amber).
 

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INT21 has received an official warning for what we can only suppose was a racist post. It wasn't any kind of jokey, edgy, knowing post-modern racism--it was the the brutish old-fashioned stuff.

This takes him to a 'Red' warning, which, given that we don't do 'blue' (it would mean changing the bulb), is the last level before a ban.

Whether such a ban would be temporary or permanent we shall decide as and when necessary.

We would prefer, of course, never to have to consider this at all and hope that the spite can be shelved from now on.

We're also tired of deleting sporadic whinges about how it's not possible to speak one's mind on this board.

If more appear, this user will disappear.
 

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The next person to introduce the subject of Greta Thunberg on a thread that has nothing to do with environmentalism will receive an immediate warning.
Alchopwn LIKES this post.

Alchopwn almost immediately posts this to the same thread:

Greta Thunberg has been pretty scathing about the way governments have been racing to stop covid-19 but have done nothing about the long term looming threat of climate change: Climate change or Coronavirus? Greta comments...
Alchopwn receives a GREEN WARNING (expires in three months).

I don't pretend to understand what on earth the mental process was here, but I'm not going to enter into negotiation on the matter when I could not have been clearer.
 
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