Background — Earlier we reported that WhereSheStops received a 30 day time out from Rick. We missed that he upgraded it to a full ban as a result of her attempt to appeal. Apparently he told his fellow moderators that he was making a special rule for her. The Terms of Service say:
Banned User Procedure:
A user who has been banned may create a temporary account to apologize, to appeal the decision or to clarify why he committed the act for consideration by the moderators, and specifically the Forum Moderator who called the ban. Generally speaking, once a Forum Moderator has taken action, He/She has “the ball” and will be handling related matters. The temp account can ONLY be used to post in the mod board and ONLY on topic of their ban.
Rick’s announcement of WSS’ ban:
In the response to the PM you sent me and the other mods, I said that any temp account created for appeal during your month long time out would result in your permanent ban. That response was forwarded to the other mods as well for the record. The ban is now permanent.
WSS says she was unaware that Rick had made that rule until he banned her for violating it. Today she appealed the permaban but her appeal thread was deleted. Bayoubill saw the deleted thread and asked about the departure from standard procedures.
A Question About Banned Folks Apealling A Ban…., http://forums.hannity.com/showthread.php?t=2264961:
a little while ago, I saw that WhereSheStops put up a thread in TTTM asking to discuss the situation of her ban…
i.e., WhereSheStops was asking for a hearing in TTTM…
the thread now appears to have been removed without Mod response…
This removal without comment seems to be at odds with the standard procedure for appeal and response from a Mod…
i.e., the Mods, for whatever reason, in their infinite wisdom, have decided to not give WSS the time of day…
Please explain why WhereSheStops’ appeal was removed and not given a proper hearing…
Thank you in advance,
Rick banned him for that. Rick’s first response:
None of your damned business, how about that? A permanent ban is exactly that, permanent. If we decide to entertain an appeal, that is an exception to the rule given at our discretion.
Honestly, you’re about as close to joining her as one can be.
Quickly followed up with:
On second thought, your post is contemptuous enough to go ahead and push you over the edge. You just came back from a long time out. It’s apparent that it taught you nothing. You’ve worn out your welcome. See ya.
What lesson was Bill supposed to learn, Rick? Not to care about fair play? The stated purpose of the Talk to the Moderator forum is:
Report abuses, ask questions, or tell the Moderator what you think of this board.
What does that invitation mean at the Hannity forums?