Q&A Friday #16: Why Do You Ban People?

Question: “I have wondered about this one for a while: John, what’s your banning policy? Anybody who reads the comments can see you’re pretty lenient, but it’s happened before. What does a person have to say/do before you consider him for banning?” — Raposa

Answer: Here’s the official policy from the FAQ:

Yes, please don’t flame excessively, use an exceptional amount of vulgar language, call anyone a “towelhead” or “raghead”, continually post off topic material, spam, use racial slurs, libel anyone, troll, or make threats.

In short, don’t be a jerk.

If that won’t work for you, I’ll delete your posts and ban your IP. If you are banned and genuinely don’t know why, email me. If you know you were doing something mentioned above and you are banned, please don’t try to get around the ban. Do everybody involved a favor and find somewhere else to post where they appreciate what you have to say.

Unofficially, I generally don’t ban all that many people. Probably 1 or 2 a month average, although sometimes it’s more than that. That’s not bad considering that RWN has roughly 6300 registered users. The split is probably, oh, 70% (liberals) who get banned to 30% (conservatives). The majority of people who get banned, get the ax either for their insufferably obnoxious trolling or continually posting off-topic material.

If you’d like to get more detail on how I run the comment section, you can find it here.

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