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New suggestion for the forums

Discussion in 'Forum Suggestions & Feedback' started by SmileAtmyWins, May 8, 2010.

  1. SmileAtmyWins

    SmileAtmyWins BANNED BANNED

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    I was going around the forums today and I see these "please ban this idiot" posts around. Well i was thinking maybe on the far right side of your posts, there could be a "vote to ban" option. For people who sell there services or are ban worthy. Inside your profile,privately and only seen by moderators, could be a box of some sort with "Users you voted to ban" with a link to the users post so the mod could see why you suggested they be banned, and another link with "Times you've been voted to be banned" and the post links and users could be only viewed by mods. I dont know, just a thought really. Any thoughts?
     
  2. peter2002

    peter2002 Senior Member

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    When you see a post where someone violated the forum rules (spamming, etc.) you can click on the red 'report' button and report that post. Admins/mods will then take care of the issue, if needed. Banning a member is not a voting contest. And it is not allowed to initiate a voting by starting a thread to get a member banned, for instance.
     
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  3. GreyWolf

    GreyWolf Executive VIP Jr. VIP

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    @SmileAtmysins - More often than not, those posts your talking about aren't asking for the member to be banned. Except for reporting spammers and scammers, most of the time what you'll see is observations that a member is heading in that direction if he doesn't change his ways. It a little like watching a train wreck. Some times we'll try to give the member a heads up, that the person is heading for a ban, but except in extreme cases there's really no need to even bother the mods about it. They see the same new posts as the rest of us, and they'll come across the threads in due time.

    Once the mods come across a thread they usually give the guy a chance, and don't ban him until after he ignores their suggestions. It's not a perfect system, but voting for bans would just turn membership into a popularity contest.

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    Harro started a thread a few weeks ago asking members to vote on having a mass un-ban. That was due to a different situation. There were a lot of members who's accounts had been compromised which resulted in a lot of accounts being banned. But that was an esceptional circumstance so they asked for a vote just to get everyones input. That thread wasn't about voting for any specific members, even though a few members took it to mean that.

    I made a suggestion in that thread that I still think was a good idea. That is to have a SHUN level that mods can put a member in before giving an outright BAN. Hopefully they are giving that thought some consideration, but changes like that involve a lot of work so I wouldn't expect to see any changes for awhile.

    It would be nice if the mods would use the Banned Members subforum a little more often when they ban a member. Or maybe post a message on the members public profile about if its a temp ban or permanent ban. The mods are already spending a lot of time trying to keep the forums running smoothly, so I guess it just seems like more trouble than it's worth to post an additional message.
     
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