There's Always Another Site
To paraphrase Qui-Gon Jinn: "There's always a Bigger Fish" ,
there is always another Web Site.
In the early 90s, being chased off a site dealing with Feminism or
Star Wars was pretty devastating.
There was no Google in those days, and searching for something
was not as easy as entering a word or two in a browser window.
To be banned from one of the ancient message-boards was like losing
service, for you might not be able to find another website that matched
That of course, was then, and this is Now.
Today, there is Always another website.
If you do a Google for 'Online Writing Sites that Pay' you will get quite a number of pages. Some of the sites are wastes of time, others can get a visit.
I have written for a number of sites; some are defunct, some are rip offs, some are okay.
That means, for example, if you are using a site which doesn't pay well, or
tramples your rights, or is arbitrary, or is infested by persons of limited
mentalities, you don't have to stay there.
There is always another site about to be launched, another about to go down; the Internet is a very active place.
Don't be Faithful
Have a slurry of online sites which deal with the same and different issues.
Join as many publishing sites as you want, as many Forums, Message Boards, and do not trap yourself into one.
Whatever you publish on site X you shake up and publish on Site Y. You give new versions on site Z. In short, you keep yourself from being tied to any place.
This can't be emphasised enough; excellent writing sites go down, they stop paying, they are sold, they change their policies, they are labeled content farms, they have an influx of inferior writers....whatever happens, keep yourself from too tightly linking to one site.
Message Boards/Social Media
Yes, everyone has a Facebook page or a Twitter account.
But there are also message boards which deal with specific topics of your interest.
If you are on one, and like my friend, step on the wrong toe, do a search
and you will find another site. There is always an option. It is no longer the
Web Site's game, it is User's choice.
Some years ago, a friend of mine was thrown off of a Women's health
site because she came into conflict with a chap who had carte blanche
as he was the owner's current boyfriend.
My friend hadn't know this when she responded to his rather discomforting
posts, then suddenly, she was banned.
She felt as if she'd been locked out of her home. This is because, as those
who use message boards or fora know, one becomes involved to the extent
that being arbitrarily kicked off or demoted provokes an emotional response.
Today, it is a shrug.
Because there is always another site
Never get 'emotional' about any site. Whether a publishing venue a Forum or source Information. All sites are subject to collapse. All sites are subject to being sold or closed.
All sites are subject to change.
A fantastic site may be taken over by those who have no idea why it is fantastic, and destroy it. Another might be subject to such neglect that it becomes a district of Trollkingdom.
What you do to 'protect' yourself is join a slurry of sites under different names. When one goes down you concentrate on another and eventually you will no longer even care about the topic or the activity on the lost site.
If you are kicked off a site because of some glitch, be it the attitude of the Mods or some other reeason, move on. You'll find something better.
Be selective, and don't get sentimental.