In general, the bar for getting banned on forums should be set much higher. Arguments and fighting are part of human nature, and I don't know why we expect people to behave differently on the Internet. I think dohdough has stupid opinions, but he should not be banned for anything he has said, even if he called someone a dirty word.
The whole netiquette, flaming, trolling philosophy of the Internet has always been fucking retarded anyway. There's so much fake politeness in society as it is. In essence, a lot of Internet forums have turned into the typical corporate office. You can't say shit. At the end of the day, people love trolling and they love drama despite repeated claims to the contrary. This is evidenced by the simple rule that the vast majority of people fail to follow, "Do not respond to trolls." No, they love responding to trolls and trolling others. Of course, in the modern day, trolling is seen simply as having an opinion differing from the prevailing one.
But I will say, I am surprised I haven't been banned many times on this forum, which leads credence to the idea that the political forum is hands off. It makes sense. The deals forum is where the money is and the political forum is not even that active by most standards.
SA Forums has the most transparent system I've seen.
They also ban you for having the wrong opinion, but then again, you do hold all the opinions that would fly there. Might as well just post on ThinkProgress or Media Matters. Also, it was once the place where a lot of people went to hang out and relax and chill out, but now it's where fun goes to die and it turned into a catlady forum. Check out the Internet for more details on this.
I just don't have much to add to this discussion. I've made my POV very clear - I will continue to mark posts that I feel cross the line of decency - and that includes posts accusing me of sexually assaulting children.
Well, then stop doing it!
Edited by Spokker, 26 January 2013 - 07:04 PM.