Guidelines to Banning

After reading the article concerning the banning of IP addresses for anyone that makes “immature, unnecessary, and stupid” comments, I felt the matter was still unresolved. I have been a regular member of this site for several years and have seen my fair share of moronic posters. However, this newly instituted no-tolerance system raises several questions.

First of all, what exactly constitutes a comment that is immature, unnecessary, or stupid? As someone mentioned in the original article, they are subjective terms, and personally I would be annoyed and disappointed to see members banned for one comment that is on the opposite end of the spectrum of their usual posts. Clearly, offensive comments about race, religion, nationality, or anything like that have no place here, in a hockey forum, or anywhere else for that matter. But “offensive” is also not a clearly defined term, and in today’s world of being politically correct, almost everything will in some way be found offensive to someone.

Answer – We are looking to eliminate members who time and time again try to instigate fights on the site. For example:

by splendidchink on Sunday, September 11 @ 19:19:39 CDT

Not with the injury prone players they signed….Try Ambulance, Anterior cruciate ligament, Ankle sprain, Achilles heel injury,…and the list goes on. How about Also-ran. Did I forget Assholes for the Flyers fans?

In this case this user has been instigating fights for some time. He is one that is banned.

Secondly, I know that I and other members of this site enjoy a good laugh. Sarcastic comments and witty comments should not be considered unnecessary or immature because it requires a higher level of intelligence to even think of something like that, and if recognized as wit or sarcasm, does little to harm anyone’s feelings or opinions.

Answer – We too have a sense of humour. Were not saying that people cant have fun but what we are saying that there is a time to stop especially if one member is starting to feel abused.

Third, I would also like to see that the administration does keep a sense of humor. In connection with my second point, I do not want to see every little thing receive a punishment of being banned. Many members on HTR are reasonable, intelligent, and receptive of other’s opinions. I see no reason for these members to be severely punished for the acts of other individuals. And severely punished is exactly what it would be, because there is a reason members stay and continue to post, and that is because they love hockey and enjoy discussing it with others. That should not be taken away for one mistake.

I also ask to see some examples of what exactly deserves banning. Maybe an article from several years ago could be brought back up, but with comments from the administration about what is acceptable and what is not. I don’t know who else caught it, but in the IP banning article, I noticed someone was afraid to print the word “hell” for fear of banishment, another reported someone else for using the word “boner,” and a third felt they would be immediately banned for simply speaking their mind, even if it was against the administration. If those things are legitimate reasons, which they should not be, I would like to know, for I feel I would no longer wish to remain a member here.

I am not writing this because I believe this is some scheme of censorship. I know I can only post here because the administration allows me to do so. I also know this is something that could have been a private message, if it was a bit less long-winded. However, I wished to submit it as an article because I feel the administration has an obligation to answer questions about any new system they implement, and make those answers available to every member, and in my opinion, this is the easiest way.

This is simply a list of questions and requests, nothing personal.

HTR Reply – We are not trying to ban regular users who get angry once in a while. We are trying to remove the members who cross the line time and time again. These are the people who pester others, argue all the time and simply try to ignore others.

If you are a regular user who swears once in a while it is tolerated. That will not get you banned. Crossing the line calling some one a ******** may get you banned. Do not engage others. This is a hockey site not a playground.

Report Abuse – Please report member abuse in the following manner

Fill out the information on this page

1. Indicate the members username.

2. Indicate what the user did

3. Provide a link to the posting.

If this is not filled out in full it will not be investigated.

All users names will be protected and will not be released to the site who reports the abuse.

This is meant to clean up garbage postings at HTR.

Thank you,

HTR Staff

22 Responses to Guidelines to Banning

  1. Air33 says:

    “These are the people who pester others, argue all the time and simply try to ignore others.”

    hmmm.. i think H_E_DBL_HCKY_STCKS fits that description pretty well. haha

  2. trademan says:

    not to get in to details but you dont see him here posting for a reason.

    Trade Man

  3. TMLsundin says:

    Notice how the example he used “splendidCHINK”

    surrreee.. go right after the minority.

  4. JannettyTheRocker says:

    I may be crossing the line by what I say here, I don’t mean to offend anyone.

    THIS WHOLE SITUATION WITH THE BANNING IS GETTING RIDICULOUS!!!!! I usually really enjoy coming to this site and reading the hockey rumors and news, debating with other hockey fans, and yes having arguments. People insult me and my opinions, and I insult other fans and their opinions. That comes from being a passionate hockey fan. People talk “smack” everyday, and yeah cursing gets to be a part of it. If someone comes on here and only attacks people, curses, and insults them (race, religion, etc), fine, ban them. We do have to have some maturity on here. Let’s not make a big production out of this anymore, ban them, don’t make it public, just ban them like you say you will do……..Let’s get back to discussing hockey and forget about all this banning crap. You guys are the administrators, you own/operate the site so you have every right to run it your way. But arguing with the people who use the site about the right way and the wrong way to ban people is a waste of time. It is your site, do what you want…………Let’s just get this site back to hockey…………………I AM PERSONALLY GETTING SICK AND TIRED OF ALL THE *****ING (excuse my language) AND COMPLAINING ON THIS ISSUE…………When people complain to companies or other organizations, you don’t see the executives taking calls in a call centre to dispute the customers issues. They make the changes from high up, and the customers deal with it because the executives run the business……………So please please please, can we start posting articles about hockey again and get back to normal life. This whole situation is so lame.

    Thanks for letting me vent, or I should say “Thanks for reading my rant”…………


  5. trademan says:

    I agree. Thanks. LETS GET BACK TO HOCKEY

  6. JannettyTheRocker says:

    To make it clear, the word in my comments that is in stars (*****ING) is a word you would use for a female dog. Had I known it would be censored, I would have used a different word……..My bad, didn’t realize it was considered a swear.


  7. Flanker_Leader says:

    crossing the line to me means trashing someone else’s opinion (an opinion is an opinion – state your own, don’t belittle other opinions) or trashing another member directly (just because they are a fan of another team? let your team walk the walk on the ice, then you don’t have to say anything! …and if you do do a little harmless trashing, make sure you have a winking happy face to show it’s in good fun!)

    hockey is a game, games to me mean fun, and therefore stating your opinion and hearing other people’s opinion about something you love should all be in good fun too!

  8. JannettyTheRocker says:

    I totally understand what you’re saying, and I do agree to a degree. However, the best postings (for me) is when some Leafs or Flames fan starts bashing me and my Oilers. I never take personal offence, I just bash them back. Now some people may not like the bashing, and to that I say just don’t get involved in the bashing. A whole lot of us who use the sites really enjoy bashing each other. It’s nothing personal, it’s just defending your team and your opinion while others question your judgement, and while you do the same to others………I agree we all take it quite far sometimes, and we should have limits………..I just honestly think it would be boring if all we do is express our opinions, and nobody else debates why we are “full of crap”. If we can’t argue or bash, it is censorship so some type. We just need to make sure we are not being prejudice against race, religion, sex, etc……..But I do stand by my statement that bashing each others opinions and teams is what hockey forums are about; rumors and articles too of course.

  9. wingerxxx says:

    I’m very glad that there was an HTR response to this post. I think that everyone pretty much needed a little clarification. I think that response does clear things up. Thanks again.

  10. Air33 says:

    Nice. That takes like half of the pointless arguing away from the site.

  11. JannettyTheRocker says:

    I don’t think that is how they mean’t it……..maybe you’re trying to stir the pot a little bit, eh?

  12. Scruffy05 says:

    Dude… you are the MAN!

  13. detY192003 says:

    he does start a lot of crap

  14. Jesus_Piece says:

    If you think so. =)

  15. Jesus_Piece says:


    =) =) =) =)

  16. Jesus_Piece says:

    I love how you talk about not starting arguements or provoking others into fights and the guy off the top mentions a guys name, pretty much calling him out but that is exceptable.

    What happened to the confidentiality of suspension or bans? Why is trademan indicating what he has done to another member of this website. H_E_DBL_HCKY_STCKS does not instigate, he merely supplys his opinion and people disagree with it, there is a difference between that and “starting crap”.

    Because you disagree with someone, does not mean one is “starting crap”. This site is here for debate and opposing opinions, never once has H_E_DBL_HCKY_STCKS provoked anyone with name calling or taunting.

    PS-You can never truly get rid of anyone, remember dat.

  17. detY192003 says:

    Thanks for using my *starting crap*. Anyways….there are lines to be drawn…..where you can just stop it. He took lots of debates overboard…this i know from personal run-ins. And if trademan wants to make that statement…he can…its his webpage right? So…if he/they want to ban people for whatever reason…so be it.

  18. Jesus_Piece says:

    Explain overboard.

  19. wingerxxx says:

    That guy was a one-man provoking crew. Remember, that was the guy that compared this site to Nazi Germany just a few articles ago. And basically made fun of another member for posting what was, in my opinion, a pretty good article, with good points in it. He did go extremely overboard with some of the things he would say. And I know I’m not alone in that opinion.

  20. Jesus_Piece says:

    lol just you wait and see.

  21. wingerxxx says:

    What does that mean exactly?

  22. Jesus_Piece says:

    not really of your concern….don’t worry.

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