Banned from HubPages
OK, So I got Banned
Logged on to HubPages this morning, checked HubTivity, zeroed in on a request for help from a fellow hubber. Clicked on Reply;
Sorry, you are not allowed to make forum posts.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Here's the boilerplate email that I received:
We regret to inform you that you have been banned from the HubPages
forums for a period of 3 days. This is because of personal attacks,
which are against our Terms Of Service, and make the HubPages forums a
hostile and unfriendly place. We appreciate your understanding, and
want you to know that you are not being singled out -- other people
are being banned as well.
It's All Good
In my ongoing effort to by just like my mentor, Hal Licino, I will squeeze a hub or three out of this experience. I may never go back to the forums again, but I'll continue publishing hubs. That's where the cash flows.
Sharing my feelings
Perhaps I can get a paragraph from my feelings. I feel annoyed. That's about it. Sorry for the short paragraph.
Who's mad at me?
Somebody in authority at HubPages thinks I personally attacked, thereby creating hostility and/or unfriendliness in the HubPages forums. We'll probably never know who or why, so I'll speculate why and I don't care about the who. I've always made a point of avoiding name calling in my posts. I've not referred to anyone as stupid, as being from another planet, or as ignorant. I've never questioned someone's credentials. Oddly enough, I've been called stupid, I've been asked what planet I was from, and I've been called a liar in reference to my level of education (which is clearly posted in my profile).
Through it all, I never felt threatened or unsafe at any time.
If someone thinks I pooped in the sandbox, I accept that. It would be nice to know precisely how they formed that opinion, but my life goes on either way.
Feel free to leave comments here. As long as you avoid profanity, I'll gladly allow you to have your say. If I read your cussin', I'll click Deny and you'll have to try again. No one will ever be banned from my Hubs.
Where do I stand?
Call me Ishmael the Conservative, but you probably already knew that. I believe in personal freedom and small government. I believe the government has become too intrusive on our daily lives and virtually every elected official at the federal level has betrayed us.
I believe you have the human rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness (plagiarized, yes). That's all the government owes you. You don't have the right to free health care, free food, free housing, free school lunches, free college, free transportation, Those things don't exist anyway.
I believe that there is no nobility whatsoever in configuring the government to confiscate wealth in order to provide free stuff to someone else. Donating to charity is noble, voting yourself another citizen's money facilitates tyranny.
I believe that Liberals think they know what is best for everyone else, especially the poor. A prime example is their attitude toward Rush Limbaugh. A typical Liberal will say that Mr. Limbaugh misleads millions of people, implying that they are not smart enough to see through his supposed ruses. Their logical conclusion is that those millions desperately need Liberals to rescue them.
A Prime Example of a poor Liberal debater
Consider the case of the WHO survey that ranked the United States 37th in "Health Care". Here's the link:
Now, some unfortunate Liberal in a HubPages forum tried to use this 'fact' as an argument for socialized medicine. I researched the rankings and discovered the WHO spreadsheet serving as the basis for our poor showing. The spreadsheet contained a set of incomprehensible headings over columns of numbers with no units or any other explanation whatsoever. I politely requested an explanation from my Liberal foil. Naturally, all I received was an assertion that I should accept the numbers and respect the source. We went back and forth, me asking for clarification and they obfuscating. They simply couldn't support their position. Perhaps they felt unsafe and threatened, I dunno.
Fair warning; I'll do the the same thing to you if you put that silly survey in my face. I'm not hostile, just anal.
No Freedom of Speech Here
This sandbox belongs to the good folks at HubPages Incorporated. We are not hubbing in a democracy. There's a Hubtator and he/she makes the HubRules. We Hubbers are crucial but not irreplaceable.
Be completely pragmatic. Calculate your value to the Hub collective. Multiply your monthly earnings by .67. Roughly, you contribute that much to the bottom HubLine. I have no idea if the KingHubber considers this when he/she issues a HubBan. I would!
In my humble opinion we get quite a bit for kicking in 40% of our earnings. Having publishing priveleges on a web site with a Page Rank of 7 is no small thing. Even my reactionary left-brained ramblings get indexed by Google. Even I make a little money.
Do you disagree with me?
If you disagree with me, I am happy to hear you out. I'll not call you names. You probably won't feel safe arguing with me because I'll dismantle your points with facts and figures. My experience on HubPages is that no Liberal can hang with me.
No hostility intended.
Sorry, but that's been my experience. Eventually they all get frustrated and resort to ad hominem attacks or anecdotal evidence. They argue with emotion, not logic. They can't support their positions rationally. That's why Air America went bankrupt anyway. Liberal politics don't stand up to public debate.
My ban ended almost a week ago. I've resisted the urge to participate in the forums since my reinstatement. I don't miss it all that much; somewhere there's a liberal who can treat with me, but probably not on HubPages. ;)