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Locking & Blocking

Can someone lose their posting privileges at TMP?
Yes. It's called having your account Locked.
And then what happens?
It means you can't post to the forums any more, or send or access PMs.
How do I avoid getting Locked?
Just behave yourself. Accounts usually get Locked when someone breaking the forum rules flagrantly or repeatedly, or spamming.
What does it mean if my account is Temporarily Locked?
It means you need to speak to TMP staff about a problem with your account. You probably already have an email from us.
Can my account get Locked if I disagree with you?
Not as long as you're civil about it.
What if I tell malicious lies about you?
That might qualify...
What if I don't like the way you moderate the site, and I keep bringing the issue up over and over again?
In a few exceptional cases, I have Locked the accounts of people who were persistent moaners or complainers. Constructive criticism is one thing, but continued whining just gets annoying.
What if I compare you to Hitler?
Just be nice, OK? But as the sign in the diner says, "I reserve the right to refuse service to anyone."
I'm a Supporting Member of TMP, but I got myself Locked - do I get a refund of my membership fee?
You can, but it's not automatic - you have to cancel your membership, and then you get the usual refund. (Some people, although Locked, have chosen to continue to support TMP and not cancel their memberships.)
Is there anything worse than being Locked?
Well, there's blocking.
What's that?
That's when your IP address is blocked, so that you can't access certain parts of TMP (such as the forums and news articles.)
Why would someone get blocked?
Usually because they repeatedly open new membership accounts and abuse the website in some way.