PS thanks Texan for doing the Hub and I agree with you. What is happening to the forums? People being banned more often, and many who should, are not.
Our topics are seldom fun and don't promote topics of challenging conversations. Religion and politics dominate the site which is where people end up getting banned. I have tried to attempt posting threads of new variety but to no success. I think Texan and if you read those who added comments are feeling the same way.
Blue Dog makes false accusations...for sure. He is still going on about me being "Tex"...and I don't know how in the _____ he got us confused...to begin with...I guess 'cause we come from the same state...but then so does he??? He's a case!
There's a group of hubbers that have a vision that hub pages should be for progressives and without decent. They feel their insults and attacks are justified and any one responding is a vile hater and should be silenced.
I am certain they did, it used to be that you could have a debate on HP and each hubber would respect one another , now it is one tattling on the other isn't everyone supposed to be over 18 in here? lololo
So there are actually people trolling these forums looking for reasons to report people.. "I'm Telling" seems kind of childish. Just so everyone knows I do not respect this kind of behaviour at all. When I was in school, by the way I graduated from the school of hard knocks we called people like this RATS...
I don't know how far you have to go to get banned, but it seems to be getting more common. The only case I am aware of where someone was banned and clearly deserved it involved physical threats and intimidation.
I probably could have had at least ten people banned yesterday I had some rude comments come my way. I see insults in forums as the only way someone with a small mind can express themselves or the person is stuck in a miserable situation in real life without the courage to stand up for themselves so they vent at strangers in forums.
I agree but its not right for it to be give and take then when one party wants to win they report the other. The Hub staff shoud review the conversation and make a decision on the whole conversation. Maybe both should be banned and if it's a fair match then they should tell the tattle-tail to pipe down.
AAA A Texan if you read this I MISS YOU BUDDY! It's horrible that people get banned especially when they are sticking up for themselves and their friends from others who think it's okay to attack first. it's disgusting!
Users who have had temporary bans for personal attacks have gotten them simply for violating our rules, by attacking another user. There is no place for personal attacks in any discussion.
We make every effort to be fair, but we don't have a large team trawling the forums for possible offenses. We take a look at reports, often give a warning if we see a violation, and ban if we see repeat offenses.
The best thing to do is to ignore insults and simply flag them. Responding in kind will likely get you banned as well.
We like to keep the Forums fun as an adjunct to the main business of publishing Hubs, but hope that Hubbers can comply with our rules and make our jobs easier as well.
I know it isn't up to non-staff people like me to second-guess, or seem to be trying to second-guess the rules or the way things are done. (And, honestly, I'm not really "passing judgment" - only opinion/feedback.
I know there are reasons for "no-personal-attacks" rules, and I know what a zoo can happen when everyone gets into a big forum brawl. I'm assuming, too, that HubPages (or any online company doesn't want its members feeling attacked).
Having said that, though, there's the "Oh-grow-up" factor when someone participates in a world-wide forum that covers any number of subjects. I mean, if you come to the forums and click on something other than the food forum there's always the chance someone will call you are jerk or a pansy or a moron or a right-wing nut, or whatever. Who cares? If you care about someone insulting you, and if you want to have "all nice" and nothing else, you ought to know enough to stay off forums on the Internet. I'm not saying personal attacks should be welcomed and encouraged, but I almost think there should just be a warning: "Warning: Someone may be mean on here, so enter at your risk, particularly if you're - oh, shall we say - a pansy." Since the forums are supposed to be that "fun adjunct" to Hubbing, might it not be better if a generally lighter attitude was taken, and encouraged, by all? Thinking back to the days when my kids were little, my attitude was pretty much, "Unless someone does/says something really horrible I won't to hear about it." . I'll be honest: If I saw something that was truly "hate speech" I'd report it, whether it was directed at me or not. Other than that kind of thing, Good Lord - if someone calls you a poo-poo head (or a moron or whatever else) deal with it. What's with the reporting people thing? I have a couple of Hubs with comments that are not but personal attacks on me. That's what I get for posting writing. I've never expected HubPages to protect me from insults. Yes, if I get sick of it I can close my account but, do I want to lose earnings over a few insults or become someone else decided to be rude? There's far more satisfaction in politely standing up for yourself and letting someone have it right back than in "telling" and hoping someone gets banned. It appears a lot of people like a good banning drama, but there's that point where you just think, "Oh, stop reporting people from saying something mean. It's the Internet - and besides, there are people starvng to death in the world."
Besides religion and politics, what other topics tend to be debated/argued about the most?If you want your next family event to be sporting, but don't want to fight about politics or religion because they've been...