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EarlG ADMIN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-27-05 09:20 PM
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171. A few words about TIA's banning
I know we're all disappointed that TIA is no longer going to be posting at DU, but I would encourage those of you who are pissed off about his banning to direct your comments to TIA himself. He made the decision to ignore repeated Admin warnings, and we see no reason why he should not be held accountable for his behavior just like anyone else who posts on DU.

To those of you who would suggest that we should give him a second chance, you may not be aware that TIA was already banned once, last December, for the exact same behavior which got him banned this time - specifically, attacking new members with low post counts and repeatedly accusing others of being either conservatives or members of Free Republic. At one point we even had to pin a message to the top of the 2004ERD forum reminding people that this behavior was not acceptable:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

TIA was reinstated one day after his banning, after he assured us that the behavior would not continue. He did not follow through on that promise. Even so, we gave him several more chances over the last few months before it became apparent that his behavior was not going to change. This banning was not done in haste - TIA was explicitly warned of the consequences of his behavior on more than one occasion, most recently on August 15, when he received a message from Skinner which read in part, "There will be no more warnings and private messages. You can either follow the rules or not. The choice is yours, and the responsibility for the consequenses are also yours." I don't know how we can be clearer than that.

I'm really am sorry that it came to this - we have no personal animosity towards TIA at all - but it puts us in a very difficult position when a popular member of the board continually refuses to accept Admin guidance which would prevent them from being banned.

Now I'm locking this thread. If you have any further comments you may direct them to me via private message.
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