WARNING: If you prefer not to read about controversy and
disputes, then it's probably best if you ignore this post. Just skip it
if it's not the type of topic in which you're interested and either wait
for the next one or browse through previous posts. No point in
complaining afterwards - you were tipped off in advance.
Talk about bolting the stable door after the horse has bolted!
happy that I was allowed to join. I was constantly baited, with one
outrageous and insulting comments about me.
In fact, he seemed to have been given complete licence by two
member and had never previously applied for membership.)
The site owner later admitted to me that it was obvious I was
m'boy."), the other moderator issued me with a warning which the
site owner later conceded should never have been given.
After responding to a libellous slur by the tediously pompous,
warning, this time by Mr. Boal, saying that, the next time, I would be
banned. The site owner, who was away for a few days when both my
warnings were issued, later told me that only four people had ever
been banned, and only after many repeated warnings.
(All four were later allowed to return to the forum.)
It now seems obvious that certain members (including the two
were doing their best to force me out by making it appear that I was
the cause of friction on the forum, thus giving them an excuse to ban
me. The following incident will suffice as an example of the preju-
dice against me to which I refer. After receiving my first warning
for a completely innocuous comment, I added the following
remark in response:
"(One hoped one would be permitted to indulge in a bit of
This in no way altered the meaning of my original remark, it merely
registered my surprise at receiving a warning for it - a warning, as I
just pointed out, that the site owner later confirmed should never
have been issued. Andy Boal then removed the edit option for
comments on any thread I was involved in - without any word
of explanation (publicly, at least) as to why.
Derek G. Marsden seems to have been tipped off, however, as
when I publicly enquired of the moderators what had happened to
the edit option, he implied it had been removed to prevent me from
retroactively changing my comments in order to avoid being pinned
down in a discussion - something which I hadn't ever actually done. It
seems clear, 'though, that this was the impression at least one of the
moderators was trying to create as the reason for the edit option's
removal, and thus turn the tide of opinion against me.
Those who were inconvenienced by being unable to edit their
posts would likely be inclined to resent me as the seeming cause of
its removal. Mr. Boal could simply have asked me to signpost when-
ever I edited a comment (not, I repeat, that any edit ever changed the
original meaning or intent of the content in the face of someone's
response to it), but decided to exploit it in pursuit of his own personal
agenda. (It's somewhat disheartening to learn that, given the under-
hand methods which he employs, Mr. Boal is involved in Church
work. A refresher course in the Christian tenets of morality and
ethics he presumably subscribes to is seriously in order.)
Anyway, I have much better things to do with my time than
petty nonsense, so I resigned my membership rather than permit
myself to be the object of childish and spiteful behaviour. Here's
the kicker 'though - after I had resigned, Mr. Boal permanently
banned my IP address from the site in a vindictive but impotent
act of revenge. It was later amended to the following:
You have been permanently banned from this board.
Reason given for ban: Account locked due to
So, what they're saying is that I've been banned because I no
but you can't be thrown out of a place you've already left. Spare
us from all those who abuse power in what they regard as their
own private fiefdoms, eh?
Although I am a fervent believer in 'naming and shaming', I
should make clear that I have no issue with the site owner (who
was always perfectly decent towards me, and even invited me to
rejoin) or with most of the members - only with a few pathetic
pillocks who need to take a long, hard look at themselves.