What do you accomplish by getting someone banned from hubpage forums? I feel like I am in an elementary schoolyard "I'm Telling". Why would you even bother with the forums if you are so sensitive? What would you do if the report button disappeared and there was nobody to tell?
I agree with lyrics. the report button is often abused. if someone stands up for themselves then they are automatically banned which is WRONG! if someone stands up for their friends same thing. and then you have the people constantly attacking and NEVER getting banned.
I feel like I'm back in elementary school too. I mean jeez...this is an adult website and a lot of the people on here act worse than the 2 year olds I use to teach!
You can certainly stand up for yourself without attacking someone else. I would suggest that people either do that, ignore the other person, or if they choose they can report a post that attacks them. If nobody reports it, we probably won't see it among the thousands of posts that are made a day. We take reports a little more seriously when they are made by the person that appears to have been attacked (rather than 3rd parties).
We also don't typically have time to unravel who the instigator was or who was "right" or "wrong", especially when a "fight" spans across many different threads, has carried on for several days, or even worse when one or both people involved have used several different accounts. Most likely what will happen is that everyone that has made a personal attack that is reported will simply be banned.
Sometimes those bans will seem arbitrary or unfair. That's just the way it goes. If you want to avoid being banned, it's pretty simple: avoid making personal attacks.
Thank you Paul for the clarification . I might be mistaken but I am sure the staff at Hubpages has alot more productive things to do than moderate an argument in the forums. I apologize for all of us loyal hubbers that we have to involve you in our petty disputes.
I understand someone being banned for doing nothing but attacking people. But it should be done without atleast some sort of warning. At the very least, they should send you an email or something telling you what you did wrong.
You know whats really sad, this stuff is not just on the net! I work at a school where there have been fights and over the top arguments carried on by the parents as well as the staff! I once had to ask a kid to go get the head because two parents were going at it so crazy that I thought they were going to hurt each other and their kids were in tears! What if those kids were friends! I can't believe that I can see more reason and rationality out of kids then adults!
Report someone just because is annoying you. For me is immature, let him/her be! Don't pay attention to what you don't like. Clicking on the forum has the same responsibilities as clicking on Report to get this person banned.
I think choosing to enter into a debate that turns nasty is one thing but posting a thread with the stated intention of badmouthing someone is something else. I've seen two of those within the past few hours.
What bugs me is that someone can, apparently, get banned for saying something as tame as "you're disgusting," but other people can post whole nasty threads calling an entire race, religion, or group of people a bunch of liars and murderers, and that's all right.
What further incenses me is that when some people question the validity of the bans, the threads in which people are talking about it get shut down.
So, racism and hate threads are okay...it's a bannable offense to call someone disgusting...AND we're not even allowed to talk about it??
Nope, you're not missing anything. The ways of the web are weird, especially writing sites. I have never actually heard anyone from HP staff give an explanation as to why they allow alter egos of members to post under multiple names. They should be allowed to comment on their own particular hubs, but I can't understand the reasoning for allowing them to use more than one name on the forums.
I also agree with many who think those with 0 hubs, or token hubs, should not be allowed to post. Surely there has to be better way of controlling those who use HP for just for arguing or stirring up the members.
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