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POLL: Do We Need a New Form of Banning?

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Personal logo mmitchell Sponsoring Member of TMP writes:

Locking is a good choice for almost every situation… but don't rule out banning for the rare occurance when it is needed. If someone comes on for a day or two and really mucks things up, then you ban them: old posts grayed out and the schmuck is not allowed to post again.

But both of these should be the LAST RESORT.

By the way, I like the way things are run now. Most people here are nice, particularly in the boards I frequent. I tend to avoid the CA boards -- oh, I go there every now and then, but I don't often stay there.

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TMP initiated the functionality of banning a member years ago, when we had trouble with an individual who would create a new account and post attacks on blacks, women, and homosexuals. One consequence of banning as it is currently implemented is that the member's forum posts are no longer displayed. (This is much easier than deleting the posts individually, and leaves the possibility of making the posts visible again if the person promises to correct their bad behavior.)

However, in the case of a long-term member of TMP, the downside is that their contribution to many past forum discussions disappear - in some cases, making the topics difficult to comprehend.

Should there be a new form of "banning," in which an account loses its posting privileges, but the posts themselves remain visible? (For extra points: What would you call it?)

Note: In order to implement the new type of banning, Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian would need to take about half a day away from his usual website operations.