Originally Posted by royster
No, I meant how they acted in the past 24 hours. VERY revealing.
Interestingly, I've been getting PMs and emails about some of those people, asking me why they weren't banned a long time ago for X, Y, and Z -- all stuff I didn't know about since I wasn't so active in the forums during that time, nor was I part of their clique.
Apparently there's a lot of trash-talking happening on Facebook about this too. I haven't seen it (I don't care to), but Rachelle and Erin have mentioned it. Cado, for instance, posted a rather lame comment on Rachelle's FB page, which Rachelle found childish and deleted. Cado then unfriended her (childish again but not surprising).
Not so long ago, Cado volunteered to become a mod here. With his g/f Mariana Trench poised to become forum admin, I think the two of them were looking forward to being the effective king and queen of the forums here. I was neutral on Cado since I didn't know him well, but I followed our usual procedure of running him by the mod team. They quickly voted him down. He asked me to reconsider, but I wasn't going to overrule the decision of the mod team. He gave me the impression he'd wait for Mariana to become admin and then try again, perhaps assuming that she could just make him a mod. Now seeing his behavior... what can I say? I feel lucky to have avoided a potentially much worse situation down the road.
Even some old forum members who were banned as far back as years ago are now posting total lies that they were "banned for no reason" just to stir things up and make it seem like there was a conspiracy to ban people, which is just plain silly. One of them was actually a prior psycho-stalker of both me and Rachelle that admitted being diagnosed with a mental illness and then went crazy-nutso in the forums (and got banned for it with good cause), and we'd never even met her. I've also been told that some people are even trying to bring my kids into this, which is about as degraded as one can go.
It's like the Scientologists running their "fair game" script. Some people have compared these forums to a cult, which always seemed silly to me since that was never my intent. But now I'm beginning to see what they were referring too. I just couldn't see it before since I was never actually a member of it.
They sure have made me glad to have them gone though.
So the lesson is: it does makes sense to be really careful who you let in. And even when you have to ban people with good cause, you can expect some of them to lie about it and to claim they were banned for no reason and that you just wanted to censor them. Some people have a really ludicrous sense of entitlement.