Goodbye To Hubpages Forums!
You Vill Obey or Else Suffer Ze Consequences!
Well HubPages staff, you’ve finally achieved your objective. I’m now ridding myself of your horribly moderated forums. It’s one thing when you have a valid reason for banning someone, but when you use forum bans to quell dissent from your actions, then it’s time for me to kiss them goodbye.
It’s about time for me anyway. The honesty and square dealing I first thought HP represented has quickly disappeared along with most of our former traffic and earnings. I cannot abide such goings-on anymore.
My latest 3 month ban--I just got back from another one month ban for making a joke and this one is for calling an anonymous windbag a--get ready for it--“an anonymous windbag.” I’m still not sure if it was the word “anonymous” or the word “windbag.” Who knows for sure?
I was once banned for saying if someone laughed, their laugh would be ridiculous. I kid you not! You just can’t make this stuff up. What’s next for the wonderful staff/moderators, banning members for calling someone a “silly goose?”
Safely Hidden Behind Anonymity
But you guys aren’t fooling anyone with your secret moderators. They have free reign to ban anyone for anything without ever revealing THEIR identity to those they are sitting in judgment of. This is the old “Trust us, we’ll do what’s right” attitude which always leads to trouble for any content writing site. I’ve observed it happen on several other similar sites and nothing good ever comes of it.
Lets face it boys and girls, we’ve got a tyrannical moderation team here and them being anonymous only emboldens them to use their power in any manner they choose. Sad but true. But let’s take a look at why the staff/mods are allowed to remain anonymous.
When asked, they will reply it’s because of the risk of members stalking the moderators if they make an unpopular ruling. What? Do you mean they are frightened by someone actually asking them to take responsibility for their actions? Isn’t this what they are asking US to do on the forums? Aren’t they getting paid to do just this?
No, the only reason their identities are kept secret is so they can punish those who ask tough questions on the forums or who dare to criticize any new or controversial aspects of the site. Even when one is banned the email comes from a voiceless, faceless entity with no chance of getting them to explain their reasons for the particular bans. They act as judge, jury, and executioner and will not address any aspect of the punishment they've dealt out.
A Pattern of Coincidences?
Furthermore, their treatment of members is far from equal as certain groups of Hubbers are protected from being banned by their silly little titles or their ability to suck-up to the powers that be on HubPages. As I have personally experienced, these “special members” can call anyone anything on the forums and escape without even a warning from the staff/mods when reported.
Fairness towards all members is simply a joke on this site. But hey, HubPages does not guarantee fairness or equal treatment to its members. Don’t believe me? Simply ask them and see the response you’ll get.
This latest ban has finally convinced me there is no hope of things getting any better here, or that the forums are good for anything other than for HP’s furthering their control over the members here. Mark my words, it will only get worse here as the staff/mods will be even more emboldened to run roughshod over those who dare to ask tough questions on the forums.
I can almost predict now when I’m about to be banned for some ridiculous reason because there will be some controversial subject or aspect of HP coming up and they do not want my input to be seen on the forums. It is a pattern which is anything but coincidental.
A Losing Battle For Fairness
I wish to tell those with whom I’ve shared some very interesting and enlightening conversations on the former honestly run forums how much I’ve enjoyed the interaction with them. I’m sorry the forums have been tainted--as have some other aspects of the site--and hope one day they will return to such a point that those writers looking to share their thoughts with others will once again find they are not being manipulated and controlled by nameless, faceless, frightened, and obviously biased staff members.
Some of you have my private email address and are aware of the sad state the forums have become and can reach me for more information concerning other recent aspects of the degradation of HP. As of now, others may contact me through my profile page. But be careful what you write on the HP contact email as they can and will read your emails to me. Big Hubber is watching!
After all, I really have no choice in this matter because if I go back on the forums after this 3 month ban is over I run the chance of being permanently banned for the slightest reason and HP has proven they will do anything to prevent anyone from criticizing their agenda.
If they can get away with using such petty reasons to ban someone from the forums, then they can get away with manipulating many other aspects of the site. And as been shown, they certainly have no compunction about doing so and certainly will. So long and watch your backs! I invite HP staff/mods to deny my accusations and prove what I am telling you is not the truth, but they will not do so. They never do. SSSSS
Revel Oh Mighty Judges!
Somewhere HP staff is singing,
Somewhere the mods will shout,
There’s tons of joy in Frisco,
Cause Randy has bowed out!
Edited for Update
HP has now removed my contact information from my profile No surprise, of course. This is merely another way of attempting to censor the writer's views concerning the blatant censorship now in evidence on HubPages. Things are heading downhill very quickly now. This is what happens when those handing out punishment do not have to identify themselves. It's always the same result and will only get worse.
For heavens sake, don't call anyone a silly goose or protest suspicious activity. HP staff is free to deny any of my statements are true here and explain their actions. I welcome them to do so. I do however, require them to do so using their real names.