fri july 06, 2007, 12:44 am
The last several days have been quite different than usual around my page here. Hopefully some of that will be clarified in this journal for those of you curious.
A few days ago, late May 30th, I posted a thread in the Senior Members Forum. It was a very poorly worded thread, with some semi-personal, semi-attacks included in it. Basically I was questioning administration and some of the recently promoted seniors. I did not name any names though, to avoid breaking any policies. Unfortunately, when I logged in the next day to read the replies, there were nearly 100, and nearly all 100 were posts tearing me in half. I felt like someone in one of those Southwest Airlines Commercials
(wanna get away?).
The intent of my thread had gone the entirely wrong direction. I was quite out of line to even refer to the "new wave of seniors", as this was very rude to those deviants, even though I had not named any names. My original thoughts behind the thread were more of a question to administration, as to why it was acceptable to designate rude types of deviants to seniorship, a position of increased leadership and expectations. It was also a question to the senior community concerning their thoughts on seniorship on a whole, if it was relevant today. However through this post I appeared to be one of those rude deviants. I could've have just called myself out too, as I was digging myself into a hole I couldn't get out of. So to all of those deviants I "called out" in a somewhat vague manner, my apologies to you, I do regret those derogatory remarks.
Within 24 hours of posting the forum thread, my seniorship was revoked. Even though I didn't break any site policies, it was made quite clear to me that the senior community did not want to be associated with me. Was this action going over the line? I'm honestly not sure. However I am fine with my subscriber status, and if administration sees me fit outside the senior community, that's their call. I'm fine either way.
After my senior status was revoked, I replied to a couple more posts in my thread (via my message centre). Apparently you can still post in the senior forum via message centre replies. Due to the heat of the past many posts there, I was banned for a few hours until they fixed the bug, no longer allowing me to reply to posts in the Senior Members Forum. Was banning me for a simple bug glitch crossing the line? That's your call. I did not break any policies, nor was I "hacking" a forum.
Fortunately my account was unbanned within a few hours, and I was back to the regular =subscriber status after about two and a half months as a senior. I also had some extensive notes back and forth with lolly
, and we resolved all the issues there.
So...that's it. Long story eh? Sorry about that, I just felt I owed some people an explanation, as well as an apology. Hopefully my e-reputation isn't completely destroyed with some of you. However if it is, I'm fine with that; need I remind you this is merely the internet?
And for the sake of this journal, I want to remind everyone that I'm very calm now, apologetic, and simply relaying the events from the past week. I'm done with causing any trouble, so I hope you all will interpret this journal in the kind tone I'm trying to convey it in.
If you have any questions or comments regarding all this, please feel free to post those here. However please do not encourage any negative discussion here, keep those in notes if you must.
In HAPPY news, I turned 20 on July 2nd. Thanks to those for the birthday wishes, and thanks to myself and my devious behavior for no dA birthday presents (other than this shiny = symbol).