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  1. gmwilliams profile image85
    gmwilliamsposted 10 years ago
    What is YOUR opinion regarding the rules of receiving or being banned from the forums?  Do YOU believe that the rules applied regarding being banned is unfair, with some being singled out for being banned while others who commit more egregious acts are NEVER banned?  If YOU were even banned for one reason or another, did YOU feel that the ban was fair or unfair? Why? Why not?

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      Ben Blackwellposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      At one point recently, I was banned for a day for a very bad reason.  I made a post about something external to Hubpages.  I posted a link to it and asked other people if they've ever dealt with it before.  Minutes later, I am suddenly banned for a day with no reason and nobody to contact.  Hubpages is very good at hiding contact information or very bad at presenting it.

  2. WriteAngled profile image74
    WriteAngledposted 10 years ago

    I was banned once, last year or maybe earlier, can't remember now. At the time, I had absolutely no clue why and still do not know to this day what my supposed transgression was.

  3. wilderness profile image95
    wildernessposted 10 years ago

    I was also banned once, for what seemed a pretty silly reason.  Nevertheless, I've watched my words a little better since and have had no problems.

    No one is singled out, and the only "unfairness" is that not all are caught.  Sometimes it takes a report, sometimes it doesn't (I think), and I'm OK with that.

  4. Zelkiiro profile image89
    Zelkiiroposted 10 years ago

    Would be nice if they let us know the reason for bans. And let us be able to defend ourselves.

  5. psycheskinner profile image84
    psycheskinnerposted 10 years ago

    It seems pretty straightforward to me.  And for minor things it is only temporary.

  6. Shanna11 profile image74
    Shanna11posted 10 years ago

    I was banned once.

    I totally deserved it, too.

    I feel like I'm the only one who will own up to deserving her banning.

    1. wilderness profile image95
      wildernessposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Oh, what I said could have caused hurt feelings.  To a 4 year old, not an adult.

      But, of course, that is only my opinion, and my opinion isn't worth squat when it comes to that.  Only HP's counts for anything.

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    Beth37posted 10 years ago

    I didn't know "bannation" was a word... Apparently my spell check didn't either. Well maybe it should be.

    1. gmwilliams profile image85
      gmwilliamsposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Bannation is a coined word; it is a cross between ban and damnation.

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        Beth37posted 10 years agoin reply to this

        lol. Very imaginative. It works.

        1. Kiwi Max profile image64
          Kiwi Maxposted 10 years agoin reply to this

          When I first read it, it sounded like a mix of banana & badminton. Cool word!

          1. janshares profile image94
            jansharesposted 10 years agoin reply to this

            LOL! That's what I saw, too. LOL!

            Well, maybe not badminton, but certainly banana. smile

    2. donotfear profile image82
      donotfearposted 10 years agoin reply to this


  8. snakeslane profile image82
    snakeslaneposted 10 years ago

    I've not been banned from HP forums that I know of, how would I know. Question mark has disappeared with bilingual keyboard, hope that is not cause for banning...

  9. Kiwi Max profile image64
    Kiwi Maxposted 10 years ago

    I haven't been banned from Hubpages before but is there a post that explains how you can get banned & what can you do if you are banned?

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    Beth37posted 10 years ago

    I was really surprised when I was just banned recently. I couldn't think of anything I'd said to deserve it, so I sent a note asking HPs about it. The funny thing was, I was actually trying to avoid a fight by being lighthearted and making jokes, but once you've been banned, that's that. This is the note HP's sent me.

    "Hi Beth,

    You were banned from the Forums for three days for bickering and personal attacks: … ost2520774 … ost2520784
    Please let us know if you have any other questions/concerns."

    1. gmwilliams profile image85
      gmwilliamsposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      No Beth, say it isn't so.  You are so sweet.   You are the LAST person who would be banned.  You are one of the sweetest pesons around.  NO NO NO!

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        Beth37posted 10 years agoin reply to this

        lol. I never know whether you're joking or not. I have been banned maybe 3 times, I believe they were all talking to the same person. You'd think I'd learn, but I always *feel a sense of humor when I'm talking. I think ppl in real life know me for that, but on here, I spose we miss a lot of each other's meaning and tone. Guess the only choices are to keep trying or to give up.

    2. LuisEGonzalez profile image78
      LuisEGonzalezposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Your posts seemed benign at best. If you were banned for those posts then it seems, to me at least, to be a "childish" attitude from the powers that be.

      Anyway on a lighter note " bannation" sounded like "banananation" and it brought memories of something Key West used to be referred to a while back.
      I remember they used to be proud of

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        Beth37posted 10 years agoin reply to this

        It was a "debate thread". I felt like the tone was getting kinda heavy and I didn't want to fight. I do two things to avoid a fight. I run, or I stay and make jokes. It's an attempt to play with the other person and get on a new wavelength, I suppose, but like I said earlier, tone doesn't always come across. Sometimes you can't win I guess. lol

    3. Muttface profile image80
      Muttfaceposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Oh, I missed this thread completely.
      Lol bickering Beth!

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        Beth37posted 10 years agoin reply to this

        The rules are very clear. No digested food words, no lighthearted banter.

  11. MelissaBarrett profile image61
    MelissaBarrettposted 10 years ago

    I've been banned a few times. Absolutely deserved it and knew I was going to be banned as I wrote the post.

    1. gmwilliams profile image85
      gmwilliamsposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Oh God NO, you are one of the most civil and eloquent persons around.  You are pleasant and a great conversationalist.  What is this world COMING to?  NO NO NO!

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        Beth37posted 10 years agoin reply to this

        haha... that's very kind, thank you.. There are those who wouldn't agree with you (one very nearby. lol)
        I kind of like Melissa's attitude, if you're gonna do it, get it all out.

  12. oceansnsunsets profile image86
    oceansnsunsetsposted 10 years ago

    I have observed a lot in the forums over the years, and my experience is mostly in the religious and political threads.  It seems to me that the reporting and banning has gotten worse, though it had been bad for some time.  Sometimes it seems the people that have the best actual arguments or that stick up for others being especially targeted and/or ridiculed, are way too easily banned.  This comes at a time when I see people using really poor arguments, or outright lying, or distorting, to buffet their "sides" which are easily rebutted.  This would obviously cause frustration and I think instead of looking at the problems within their own arguments, they maybe take it out on others.  (This last is one guess, but makes sense in what I observe.)

    I have never been banned myself, but I know of many that have been and try to be as fair as I can in my judgements.  When I look back to see their "crimes" I just don't see it and in the mean time see others not getting banned that probably really ought to be. (Considering who IS being banned.) I can't imagine that Hubpages wants this for their site, for the kind of people that end up being driven away from the site and what others it retains and thus attracts more of.  I have seen crazier things though in the world, and wonder at that as well.  People self sabotage the things that could benefit themselves and their community all the time and I don't understand that either.  So thanks for asking.

    1. PhoenixV profile image65
      PhoenixVposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Well said. For me I cannot even fathom an American advocating censorship of any kind. It literally makes me nauseous.

      1. wilderness profile image95
        wildernessposted 10 years agoin reply to this

        What about controlling your possessions?  The things you own, like HubPages?  Seems there is a conflict here, and to resolve it by giving the public casual permission to do whatever they wish with the property belonging to a specific group of people isn't the right way to go.

  13. Rik Ravado profile image85
    Rik Ravadoposted 10 years ago

    I can't believe so many nice people have been banned!  As for Beth's forum posts what can I say?  She's the Forum Queen for goodness sake.  If irony or gentle, humorous sarcasm be a crime so be it.  If sweetness and concern for others be a sin then ban her for ever!

    The world has gone mad.  Lets have a troll of the month contest with prizes and be done with it. 

    By the way, I must be a right goody two shoes as I have never been banned (until this post, that is)!

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      Beth37posted 10 years agoin reply to this

      lol. Thanks Rik.
      Be very careful... you never know what they might get you for. smile

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    ahorsebackposted 10 years ago

    Knowing Hubpages and the P.C. crowd that visit hub forums I consider it an honor to be banned, and  for what , who knows !   Thanks for always letting me  vent though ! So many here I truly loved bantering with though , any body wanna wrestle !.....Beth ?

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      Beth37posted 10 years agoin reply to this


  15. Muttface profile image80
    Muttfaceposted 10 years ago

    I've been banned. It was terribly bad a55ed of me! I believe it was for a curse word - I used digested food as an adjective for something.

  16. Anna Marie Bowman profile image75
    Anna Marie Bowmanposted 10 years ago

    I have never been banned, but mostly because I avoid sensitive topics on the forums when I can. That being said, I think a big part of the reason someone gets banned has less to do with HP staff, and more to do with how much, and how loud someone complains that they have been "wronged" by someone, and that mean, mean person needs to be punished so someone's overly sensitive feelings don't get hurt. I have noticed that people have become increasingly over-sensitive about a lot of things over the past few years. Things that were innocuous topics of conversation have turned into vicious arguments for no good reason. I saw someone on FB ask if they knew is some school district would be closed or not, and it somehow turned into vicious name calling, and use of words that I would rather not repeat, all because one innocent comment "offended" someone.

  17. psycheskinner profile image84
    psycheskinnerposted 10 years ago

    People don't have the right to say obscene things in a church or a persons living room against their wishes.  If decorum is such a terrible thing, 4chan is there for people who want to say and post whatever they want.

  18. paradigmsearch profile image60
    paradigmsearchposted 10 years ago

    Come to think of it, even the government does censorship. If in doubt, go on live network television and drop some F-bombs and flash some boob. Bring your checkbook...

    Psycheskinner's examples are valid. People have the perfect right to govern what is said within their domains; such as homes, churches, websites, person's place of business, private funerals, etc.

  19. Nell Rose profile image91
    Nell Roseposted 10 years ago

    You naughty naughty people, in the corner with you! being banned honestly...I I ever get banned? um, not sure...probably will now though!


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