[quote=“In a thread in the Living in Taiwan forum, EOD”]Yes, I was banned by mistake. [color=orange]Originally I was told it was because I had updated my email address. Later a thoughtful moderator explained to me that the former owner of Forumosa, Gus did it intentionally.[/color] He had suspected that Aristotle and I were one and the same because I had permitted him to post a criticism of Forumosa in the Taiwan section at Daves ESL caf? I am the primary mod over there.
No one likes criticism but there really is no need to be insulting. [color=orange]I tried to plead my case with him only to have my email rejected as undeliverable.[/color] Miraculously when the control changed here on Forumosa as few months ago my User name was reactivated.
Thanks again Gus .
Everyone is more than welcome to post anything they like on Daves Chat Board so long as they maintain proper net etiquette. We have an open policy over there based on the freedom of speech principle. Something the mods over here might want to consider. [/quote]
Here’s what I believe happened, EOD: you were not banned. Neither were you banned by mistake. You changed your own e-mail address, and in the process, this software automatically deactivates your account.
It deactivates your account to make sure that the new e-mail address you use is a valid one. In other words, if you mistype your new e-mail address, you cannot get the activation link. So you are forced to try again.
I suspect that you misunderstood this process back then, and incorrectly believed you were banned. You probably tried to complain to me, but wrote to the wrong address. This would explain the “undeliverable” error message that you received. :boo-hoo: Since you – inexplicably – imply that I engineered the undeliverable error message as my way ignoring you, you figured that you were “banned from Forumosa”
[Edited 17 Jan 04: Found EOD’s original case here: forumosa.com/3/viewtopic.php?t=9289]
Why am I so certain that you were not intentionally banned? Because bannings happen so rarely here that they are a big deal. We have a private forum solely for archiving and discussing banning cases. And you are not in it.
Btw, according to our Ban Forum, Aristotle was banned on 7 Jan 2003 (neat, it’s an anniversary!). His alter-ego was identified and also banned a few months later (and it was not EOD)
Even an administrator (like I was) could not get away with banning someone sans discussion without causing an uproar among the team. Your alleged case would have been discussed, argued over and voted upon. None of this is on record.
Back in the ORIENTED.org days, all discussions that led to extreme actions, like bannings, were stored in a special forum. This led to the decision to disable the DELETE post capability for regular members. Our concern was that confusing accusations were arise against the admins and moderators months later. This forum was our CYA file.
Today, bannings are handled competely differently – but the notion of preserving the original reasons for a ban is still central to the banning process.
I do not recall intentionally banning you, EOD, and I doubt it happened. I would like to know which moderator told you I intentionally banned you. There must have been some miscommunication somewhere. Please PM or e-mail to me (on second thought, better that you PM me ) and I can hash it out with them.
It’s a shame that you believe we (and me, in particular) do not tolerate criticism. I think we do. In fact, I think we (esp. me) respond to criticism. Heck, some of the most critical people of this website over the years (and of me, in particular) are now moderators on Forumosa.com! Doesn’t that speak for itself?
I do agree that criticism is not something that we enjoy, and I am insulted that you think I would censor (ie. ban) you for it.
One more thing: I still do the tech support for Forumosa.com. So there’s a more than likely chance that I was the person who reactivated you after the Handover to Maoman
Don’t mention it.