What is the point of people being banned from the HP forums if they can come back under another name?
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But it happens all the time it seems.
Thought you were leaving us?
Once started hubbing becomes addictive
That whole banning thing cracks me up, baffles me, and reminds me of seventh grade - all that the same time. I can't say I'm a big fan of letting people come to the forums under more than one name. The only that that's more "baffling" (or funny or whatever the word is) than the thing with people getting banned, coming back as other people, and being proud of being banned (etc.) is the thing with people taking any issues they have on here to other sites, starting up a whole big thing somewhere else, and then coming back here to invite Hubbers to join in. "Let no HubPages flame go unfanned - ever, and no matter how silly the issue!"
Lyndre, I have one more article I want to publish and think I'm going to take a chunk and start my own site, but it's going to take time to set it up. In the meantime, still like to read the forums and notice people who have "issues" that want to come here and spout venom still seem to come back to the forums. I don't really think HP is the place for that and when they start name calling and trying to intimidate people, I think lines need to be drawn by HP.
I agree with the drawing-the-line thing. I hope my post didn't imply otherwise. Best wishes with your next pursuits, DIY.
Thanks, Lisa. No, I understood what you meant. Banning seems a bit high school-ish, but there are people here as on many sites who I think are using the site inappropriately or perhaps are not who they claim to be and are looking for people they can persuade to their way of thinking.
If the HP programmers are/were smart, they would block the user from the forums based on IP Addy (their computer address), versus email address. It is really easy to do, same as blocking an entire network of IPs due to spam, or an entire country's IP address --which I did on a site some time back.
On the other hand, the likes of the Knowles Borg would make the forums a little more dull and certainly HP wants as much forum content posted as they do hubs. Content is content and it all gets indexed.
That is the ultimate goal of any content driven site. no matter how pretty they say it, or neat little icons, etc, it all comes back to survival and who has more toys, err topical articles.
There was a time quite awhile ago when - really - the forums were pretty much a big free-for-all (and based on some of what went on, one might suspect drinking and/or other substance use had played a role). There was one fight that - honestly - went on for, like a whole weekend. People were taking shifts based on their time zone. It got to be a little too nasty here or there, but - I'm sorry to be the big voyeur that I apparently am - it made for hilarious Internet entertainment (at least for some of us who weren't involved in it all). Things did seem a lot more "colorful" then. It wasn't always a good thing by any means, but colorful it was.
I don't normally get into the religious or political forums, because those are all a matter of philosopy, but really think that people should be here as writers first. If they want to peddle their other views, they need to take them to a more appropriate forum.
Actually, I'm a lot more "writer first" than my participation on the forums would seem to indicate. I get lots of ideas for writing on here (not always ideas for Hubs, although sometimes Hubs). (Although I'll admit that over the last couple of weeks, after having some kind of "flu thing" not long ago, I haven't felt all that up to doing anything other than fooling around on the forums a lot of the time. The end-of-the-world thing made me laugh yesterday, so maybe the time wasn't all that wasted. I suppose it may depend on what kind of stuff a person writes (on here and/or elsewhere) as far as how productive/useful being on the forums is or isn't.
Also, though, I have some very long days and some very tedious projects. If I didn't keep the HP forum window up so I can pop on and off throughout some of the tedium, I'd have one nasty, foggy-headed, headache. It breaks things up and gets me out of that intense-focus thing that - really - isn't good to have going for too long. (Things have gotten to be a little "slim-pickins" subject-wise over recent weeks, though. I just might need to resurrect my old Yahoo Answers account. )
I'm not talking about legitimate HP WRITERS who come on the forums. I'm talking about people who come here to start endless threads on the same topics when they have already been banned under one name. Is everyone asleep at the wheel and don't realize that these people are one and the same? I wish when hubbers are banned that they could be banned by their IP address as TwentyOneDays mentioned.
And btw, Lisa, I hope you feel better soon!
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