Whitewolf, are you going to ban everyone who dosn't like this forum or is saying something against you?
I'm not on his said and l agree he could have said his opinion in a better way but still.
You didn't even argue with him, you just banned him.. If that's your way to moderator this site..
"Waiting for a suspension"
You'll be in a state of suspension for a while, waiting for me to ban you for those harmless remarks. I have no problem with people disagreeing with me. If I did, I would have locked the thread or deleted it entirely. (I do admit a momentary temptation to rename it to "The Jackass, It Was Hit...Hard.")
Actually, I've only ever permabanned one other individual and that's because he was stalking and harassing another member. I may have issued two, maybe three warnings to individuals that could have been spambots but to whom I gave the benefit of the doubt. I did once ~barely~ resist the urge to ban one now-well-known blogger for their abrupt and rude refusal(s) to my request(s) that they remove an excessive amount of unrelated links in their signature. (The sad part about that is I actually like his blog and respect his knowledge, but his manner....not so much.)
But I digress...
Like everyone else here, I joined these forums about two years ago to listen, learn, brag, stroke my own ego and have my ego stroked for me. I fault no one for coming here for any of those dubious reasons.
I'm personally willing to argue about gold making strategies, patch speculation, boxers or briefs, spit or swallow or why the Gamera films from the 1990's were actually a little better than the Godzilla films from the same period. Pretty much anything. I have no real problem letting people argue out most things to their hearts' content without participating in every debate.
The real problem I read into his response was a problem we've seen creeping more and more into these forums. A attitude of "entitlement" coupled with the temperment of a mentally disturbed 12 year-old. (Apologies to legitimate, mentally disturbed 12 year-olds.)
Lately, a lot of new members don't want to wade down 1 or 2 topic threads to get the answer to their basic questions, instead feeling the need to post a new thread covering the same subject. Or they want yes or no answers to questions that don't really have yes or no answers. They usually don't want to hear how they should learn to crawl before attempting running. Hint: All the "gold masters" crawled at one point in their careers.
Some people make the mistake when they join, that JMTC is like every other forum they've encountered, be they the official Wow forums or MMO-orons. They believe their asinine behaviour will be tolerated because they're a valued paying customer, or only one of a horde of idiots so that their boorish behaviour won't stand out.
We don't demand that every member make any sort of valuable contributions whatsoever to our knowledgebase or sense of community. However, I personally do demand that they not behave in such a manner as to detract from them.
We practice the commonlaw interpretation of Freedom of Speech here. Everyone has the right to say what they want, but don't be surprised if what you say has consequences, as I, as a member, have the right to not listen. As a moderator, I have an obligation to weed out a disruptive element that chooses to burn down the library because they couldn't find the book they wanted, calling the librarians fat and ugly while lighting the match.
Make no mistake. This individual was well-spoken. It's not a case of him being unable to express his ideas well. No lost-in-translation problem. The problem is he expressed them too well. Using the librarian metaphor again, his message wouldn't have been much better had he called us "plump and unattractive."
The individual in question should have no beef with being banned. Go back and read his remarks. He spent hours pouring through postings and found little of any value to him. He obviously doesn't like most of the individuals he encountered here and has a pretty low opinion of those whom he believes is keeping "the real information" to themselves as they grow rich off of his mouseclicks. Here, let me issue him a full refund...oh wait...I can't give him back those valuable hours of his life. Instead I did the next best thing, eliminating the temptation for him to waste further precious hours here. It's not like we're the only place to get this information. And maybe he's learned a valuable life-lesson on how he should keep his temper in check