I'm a slow learner, sorry. I have been getting a lot of requests recently to ban someone because someone else doesn't like something they posted. I've also had other requests to ban people because of ongoing battles between two or three or more people, although I must say that that those types of requests have dropped off drastically since the demise of the political forum. I hate to tell you this since it might encourage some to try to take advantage, but I really don't get deeply involved in board politics. In general, I don't try to keep up with who is friends with who, who hates who, and who has ongoing feuds with who. I generally let each post stand on it's own and don't try to remember what preceded it unless it is in the same (short) thread.
I also very, very rarely "ban" somebody unless they are a spammer. "Ban" to me means banning a person permanently from the board. I have "suspended" some people for a few days for continuously pushing the envelope, serious personal attacks or other violations of the (very loose) rules but I can only remember maybe two or three people in the last five years who were permanently banned, except for spammers and trolls. And, regardless of what some of you accuse me of, I try to be as impartial as I can in any of the few enforcement actions I have taken, and I have suspended several people who I consider friends. The difference between suspending a friend and someone that I don't know very well has been that the friends usually tell me they understand why I did it and apologize, while the others attack me and get all their friends to send me nasty emails. Those of you who know me, know that I don't hold grudges, have a short memory and a very thick skin, requirements to moderate this board. You also know I have no real enemies, only people who I don't yet know well enough to call friends and other friends that I haven't yet met.
Here are a few things that generally won't get you suspended but may (or may not) get your posts deleted:
Accidental or occasional violations of the rules.
Posts that push the envelope of decency.
Baiting another member or argumentative posts.
Here are a few things that may well get you suspended:
Being a troll, i.e. logging in under two names with the intention of causing arguements or fights.
Repeated personal attacks on another member.
Threats against another member.
Continuing any activity after you have been asked to stop. (i.e. posting repeated political references)
Racial, ethnic or sexual orientation slurs against another member or their family.
The above lists are not all inclusive but should give you enough to get the idea.
If you don't like another member because of something they said or did on the forum, work through it yourself and please don't ask me to intervene. We are all adults (mostly) and I'm not your mommy, so don't ask me to ban somebody who pulled your pigtails or threw a snowball at you. I, along with the help of a few others, try to keep things under some level of control but I miss a lot, and I certainly can't and don't want to control the direction the board takes (specifically on the Edge). You guys are the members, if you don't like a direction the board is going post something to redirect it. You are also pretty much free to say what you want but are expected to be civil and adult and not violate the few things listed above.
If anybody has any suggestions or complaints, as long as they aren't directed at another member, I will be glad to listen.
I don't know why I feel compelled to keep repeating this kind of post every so often, short memory and too much tequila I guess. Needles to say, I totally agree. Consider this duct-taped to the top of the forum.
"Don't listen to what they say. Go see." ~ Chinese proverb
"When you see, you will know" ~ Old Thurman proverb