My chickens didn't die in vain
22nd June 2004
GAMINGFORUMS.COM - The Unaffiliated Affiliation Party is expected to propose a bill before Congress outlawing the use of bans throughout the forums. This comes after the controversial banning of halenmarket, a petty Apple iPod referral spammer who was banned at 9:56 PM Eastern time tonight. The offender was pronounced permanently banned three minutes later. Computer scientists have long debated the ethics involved with capital punishment. While proponents hold fast in defending the practice by saying it is completely painless, others disagree. "There have been numerous cases where the permanent ban was not performed successfully, which therefore required a more involved treatment. Usually an alternative to the permanent ban is an IP ban. While it has a high degree of efficiency, no one knows if it inflicts any pain on the former registered member. If not careful, the effects of the ban could potentially affect a great number of innocent persons who were in the wrong place at the wrong time." Other activists call for an end to all bans based on studies indicating wide-spread discrimination against the accused. An0nymou$84, founder of AAPB, Activists Against Permanent Bans, believes this presents a major ethical dilemma. "What we are seeing is a disproportionate number of permanent bans for referral link spammers. These spammers tend to be young, in some cases just minutes old, illiterate members registering from Nigeria and China trying to sell their illegal wares. Long standing members with well-established post counts tend to receive much lesser sentences, such as a verbal reprimands, multiple times before they are sentenced to a permanent ban. We simply do not feel that such flagrant discrimination is justice being carried out correctly." Furthermore, a few activists believe that minors have not matured enough to be eligible for such harsh punishments. "The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act sets a minor's age at thirteen years. We simply do not see how banning minors can be Constitutional when they have yet to fully mature mentally and fully comprehend the actions they have carried out to warrant a ban." Proponents of the permanent ban argue that it is a deterrent that has greatly reduced the amount of crime that takes place on a forum. Ensign Riles, the executioner of the ban last night, had the following to say over a private message: "We as a staff have seen a dramatic decrease in the number of people advertising free iPods or spamming every subforum with Tubgirl. I, personally, fully support permanent bans. They are completely avoidable if they took the time to read our rules. While I feel sadness at losing a potential asset to our community, in the end it protects our good members from harm." The Unaffiliated Affiliation Party believes they have enough votes to pass a bill that would outlaw all forms of bans on the forums. When asked about possible opposition, they assured GF Times that they would filibuster until either the forums closed down or the opposition changed their stance on the vote. When n0e was interviewed and asked about the effects of the bill on future forum security, he dismissed it as empty threats. "They're going to present a bill before Congress? That's new to me and the rest of the administration. Last time I checked back in 2000, we were the law. They can fillibuster to this Congress of theirs until they are blue in the face. We'll move it to the Spam forum and have some fun fun fun with it." In other news: Forum historians have concluded that having three consecutive supermoderators, and four staff members in total, in the Currently Active Users list on October 29 is a first. A vote on creating a thread commemorating the event has not yet been set up. Image courtesy of Ensign Riles
My chickens didn't die in vain
22nd June 2004
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Follow A Paranoid
25th November 2006
Heh now that is an Intriguing article. But waaait a minute....There's a Mod whose called [COLOR=orange]Bite_Me!![COLOR=black]![/COLOR][/COLOR][COLOR=black]?[/COLOR] Kinda unfriendly name for a mod now isn't it!?
Jeff is a missing boss
28th July 2002
The Permanent Banning program was created when our previous program of tracking down and killing the members got low scores from several groups testing the program.
These "testing groups" are just big fat phonies. Do what you must until government intervention takes place.
oh shut up about that idiot will you!
No! I'm Spamacus!
17th June 2003
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.;4008006The Permanent Banning program was created when our previous program of tracking down and killing the members got low scores from several groups testing the program.
I'd like to know who some of these groups are. They sound a little delusional to me...
7th December 2003
Ensign Riles;4008451I'd like to know who some of these groups are. They sound a little delusional to me...
Never heard of the Forum-Gestapo?