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.

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This is meant to clean up garbage postings at HTR.

Thank you,

HTR Staff