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Has anyone ever been banned from Chowhound?

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    1. re: carolinadawg

      OT, but carolinadawg - I see you're the only one trying to help out posters in Food Quests. I think that's really nice.

      1. re: NonnieMuss

        Thank you. It just pains me to see those posts go there to die.

        1. re: carolinadawg

          Perhaps you can take the time to explain to me the purpose of that board.

          1. re: jrvedivici

            If I knew, I would, lol. It's a mystery, and a train wreck.

      1. Some "go away" for a while and then are allowed back.

        1. I was..they found out I was underage... it was was very sad... but they kept my seat warm and let me come back...

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          1. I was banned once and had to write letter to the mods ... I cant remember what exactly I said and my comment deserved to be deleted but I never wrote anything too obscene..I was very surprised to be suspended..they said I had repeated my offense too many times (I didnt get a warning first)...I do think the mods had been heavy handed... When I asked why I couldnt login they wrote me a note saying I was suspended (but without a date stating when I could return) ...after I promised to be better they unblocked me.

            1. While you have already received your answer already one thing I find interesting about this topic is it is my understanding that some people that were banned, are allowed back, but still banned from certain boards?

              When that happens....you have been suspended or banned, you are allowed back but with limited privileges, does the person literally not have access to certain boards or is it the honor system that they will not post on the boards they are not allowed to? Just curious.

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              1. re: jrvedivici

                I am guessing that one of the .... oh, never mind -- THE most contentious board, NAF, is the most common board on which people are not permitted to post.

                Honor system, AFAIK. I don't think that access to particular boards can be blocked electronically.

                1. re: linguafood

                  Interesting......I've never noticed the NAF board to be more contentious than any of the others. I feel like that kid in the movie The Sixth Sense; "I see idiots" on all the boards.

                  1. re: jrvedivici

                    The mods have a way to track a poster banned from a specific board and any post on said board will be removed, generally followed by an email reminder not to post on said board. Or so I've heard.

                    1. re: jrvedivici

                      Over the past year or so, it seems to me that Food & Media and Site Talk have also become more contentious, in part because it seems to me that posts that used to go on NAF are going on those boards instead. Makes me wonder whether the OP on such threads is banned from NAF.

                  2. re: jrvedivici

                    I am not allowed to post on NAF. If I don't notice that a thread is NAF and post, it stays up unless a mod happens to see it.

                    1. re: ospreycove

                      I'm pretty sure everything is these days. They know what color underwear I'm wearing.

                          1. re: jrvedivici

                            I'll just blame it on "the previous administration".

                    2. Yes, there have also been temporary bans for people who don't play nice...I'm sure you can figure out who they are.

                      1. Permanent bans of regular posters are pretty rare -- in the range of 1-2 per year -- but they do happen.

                        Our usual path is to send email warnings about inappropriate posts, and then work through a series of escalating suspensions. The first one is generally just a quick suspension -- all we require is an email from the user committing to post appropriately in the future, and we'll reactivate them right away. If they go back to the same types of posts, we'll typically move up through suspensions lasting a couple of days, a couple of weeks and a month or two, each time asking them to recommit to posting appropriately in order to be reactivated. If even being away from the site for a month doesn't alleviate the issues, then a permanent ban comes into play, but it's something we really try to avoid, so we'll often take steps like asking people not to reply to particular posters or not to participate on particular boards in order to keep them away from the situations that cause problems for them.

                        Our goal is never to permanently ban contributing members of the site (spammers and people who sign up specifically to troll are a different story) but sometimes we run across people who simply can't accept the requirements of posting on the site and we're unable to avoid it.

                        More common than us instituting a permanent ban is a poster receiving a suspension and choosing not to return to the site. That's obviously not our goal, either, but it is a better outcome than a permanent ban. Chowhound can't be to everyone's liking -- some people want the site to be less moderated and open to a more aggressive style of discussion, others wish we were harder on things like profanity and snark -- and when people recognize that on their own and choose to leave the site, they're more at peace with that decision than when we make it.

                        1. Yes, several people on the San Diego board

                          1. Anyone who'd banned can simply register again under a different handle. That's happened in some forums I've belonged to; don't know about here.

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                            1. re: John Francis

                              most forums now track by IP address -- I used to be a mod on a forum, and we actually had to discuss permanently banning a specific IP address because there was a user who kept re-registering under other names and email addresses.

                              He was not, however, smart enough to disguise his semi-literate, fully-batshit-crazy writing style, so he wasn't horribly difficult to track down.

                              1. re: sunshine842

                                When I was a mod (different forum, different field) we'd sometimes get people who would register 2 or more accounts (with same IP address) so they could either argue with themselves (with one account being used to generate strawman positions that the other account could cleverly dismantle) or agree with themselves (thereby implying a consensus view). The extra accounts were so-called "sockpuppets". When we called them on it, they'd frequently say the other account was a spouse or roommate.

                                1. re: drongo

                                  what a waste of time........for all those involved.........

                                  1. re: drongo

                                    That seems like a lot to go through for a little attention from people on the internet....I hope I am never that sad..

                                    ( though I am suspicious that Mom does have an account on here under a name I dont know about and she spies on me but that could be me being paranoid)

                                    1. re: girloftheworld

                                      my dear, that's just a Mom being a mom -- and I'm pretty sure there's a lot of us who would do the same. (and do the same for our own kids)

                                      1. re: girloftheworld

                                        Just remember these three things: 1) just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not after you; 2) she doesn't need an account to spy here, only to post; 3) here or elsewhere on the 'Net, anything you put on the Internet is forever - so don't ever say anything you wouldn't want on the front page of the New York Times.

                                        PS: what sunshine said about moms - is true.

                                        1. re: mcsheridan

                                          Awww tonight on a very special episode of Chowhound...thanks guys! you make me feel less dorky...

                                          1. re: girloftheworld

                                            we're all a little dorky around here...you're in good company.

                                        2. re: girloftheworld

                                          Is this the time to say to TeenHound
                                          "Hi, Sweetheart"?

                                        3. re: drongo

                                          I am tempted to start a thread asking which accounts are sockpuppets of others (e,g, jrvedivici and fourunder), but I won't because I'd probably get banned.........

                                          1. re: drongo

                                            Huh??? Fourunder is my room mate what's the big deal?

                                            1. re: jrvedivici

                                              What are you complaining about? He makes fantastic pork roasts. :)

                                              1. re: mcsheridan

                                                No complaints here! It's an honor to me mentioned in the same post as him!!

                                          2. re: drongo

                                            But there are some legitimate posters from the same IP. My husband has an acct here and so do I. We both post from the same IP address, but we are not the same person.

                                            1. re: Jerseygirl111

                                              that was why we ultimately decided not to block the IP address...we also knew that all you have to do is reset your router to end up with a new IP address as well, so we really weren't going to stop him that easily.

                                              1. re: sunshine842

                                                You can change your name but not really your style. At least that was the case with the ones I knew.

                                                1. re: c oliver

                                                  and that was the petard on which we were able to hoist him every time he showed up. He was only semi-literate to begin with, and every other conversation became a wild-eyed, spittle-flecked rant about one of about 4 different "hot-button" topics, regardless of what the OP posted about.

                                                  We started out being very nicey-nicey and asking him to please not act like that, escalating through short-term bans, and finally ending up where we'd just delete the account at the first post.

                                                  1. re: carolinadawg

                                                    She was referring to a site where she used to be a mod.

                                                2. re: Jerseygirl111

                                                  Yes, I know it happens legitimately. But sockpuppets don't post independently -- the warning sign is that they vehemently argue or agree from the same IP address without any hint that they know the other poster(s).

                                            2. re: John Francis

                                              There's ways around that as well, but only if you really want to troll hard.

                                                  1. re: donovt

                                                    Of course! No direct, personal knowledge.

                                                  2. re: carolinadawg

                                                    I have known TWO CHs who did it some years ago and got caught. No, I'm not naming names. Plus they're no longer on the site - as one might imagine :)

                                                1. Yes, I know of one person who's posted about having been banned and begging to come back later. Problems with maintaining civility.

                                                  1. I reckon most discussion boards (except the completely unmoderated ones) will have a small number of people who cannot abide by the rules in spite of warnings to conform.

                                                    For better or for worse, Chowhound doesnt have private messaging so there's really no gossip about what may, or may not, have happened to someone. On boards that do have messaging, you will get interaction between groups of contrubutors and stories usually become known. On another board I use extensively (not food related), a handful of people have been banned in the 12 years since the board has been active. The usual "final straw" offence is aggressive or abusive contact with the moderators, although I can recall one guy who created several fake identities who would post saying that the real guy was great to do business with. It became clear that the "group" were having fake conversations with each other. I'll declare an interest in that I received several days suspension from that board for the use of profane and aggressive language - it was worth it - the other guy completely deserved to be told what he was told about himself.

                                                    1. I sometimes wish that I could ban some people

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                                                      1. re: Slimshady1261

                                                        Start your own board and you will be able to!