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On the evening of November 13 an anonymous SP moderator banned my SummitPost account from posting in the forums.
There was no explanation provided, no reason given, no warning. Not even a PM stating that it had occurred or any explanation whatsoever.
They remain anonymous and have not given me any reasoning whatsoever. They also acted alone without consulting the other moderators.
Up until this point I have been working on good terms with the moderators, both to help build the site content and think of ways to make it better. We had also been cooperating in terms of forum activity.
It seems that at least one of them remains determined to take it in a different direction.
EDIT (Nov 16):
Two days after I was banned, one of the SP moderators came forward and explained the reason why as he understood it, though I had figured it out by that point (by searching threads for deleted posts). I appreciated the response. I wasn't surprised he communicated since I have had cooperative interactions with him several times over the past few months. He clearly wasn't the moderator who banned me. I would like to communicate the details to you all publicly, but fear that if I do this will be deleted. Feel free to contact me privately.
The moderator who banned me still has not spoken up or communicated why he thought this was the best approach. Several of the moderators who have interacted with me in the past likely would have taken different steps, and a simple PM would have accomplished the objective both more respectfully and more straightforwardly.
I am fairly certain I've determined who took the action, as several have come forward and stated it wasn't them. I think (hope) there is some realization amonst most of them that there are more optimal ways. I've sent the moderator who banned me a PM asking him for his input and to try to have a channel of communication, and I have confirmed he has seen it. Still, it was promptly ignored. No response.
By the way, there was one other member that was banned, and I have also not been told how long I will be banned for.
Again... I do appreciate the responses several of you have made both publicly and privately.
EDIT (Nov 28):
I was unbanned after a week, as was the other SP member, but have been fairly inactive since, and will likely be a while before I become quite as active again. It just isn't worth it while things are being handled in this manner.
The reasons I was given for being banned were bringing things from other websites onto SP (though I have not done that and I am not on the other website the moderators were referring to) and for making a comment with respect to a particular SP member. The mods specifically stated my comments were appropriate if they had participated in the thread, but not otherwise. The issue there, however, was that they had been participating in the thread since the first page. It probably is not a coincidence that the SP member is friends with Bob Burd, who is the moderator who banned me.
Here is the thread
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