Happy Mother’s Day to all of the Moms out there… although… I wonder how many Moms actually read my blog.
I was reminded this evening of a practice that I thoroughly detest – publicly humiliating banned users on a community.
I’m really speaking of the most common way that I see it done, which is to ban the user and then to make their rank title display “Banned” or an equivalent. I am also seeing the facilitation of a public “Ban List” which will display all of the banned users for a given site. This is just as bad.
What can be gained by doing this? Nothing. It’s inflammatory and will only make the user that you banned angrier. When I ban a user, I ban the user – that’s it. Usually the user has been warned multiple times and/or has chosen to mock my staff, our guidelines or me in some way or another. I don’t give them user titles and I sure don’t have a list where people can call up every user I have ever banned.
To me, this shows a lack of professionalism. I have an unwritten policy that I will try not to discuss private issues (including the banning of members and the specific circumstances and messages that prompted the action) publicly or with anyone outside of my staff whenever possible. If I am forced to reveal the truth in public in order to defend an action, so be it, but I have no desire to try to continue the issue or hurt someone’s reputation by making it easily known that they are banned.
I can only think of three specific communities that utilize these practices, at this time, but there are many, many others out there. I’ve even been banned by one of them. For no good reason, obviously. Just an administrator who knew about as much about managing a team of people as I know about cricket.
Just finished reading this article, which talks a bit about what the Yankees will be doing after Mr. Steinbrenner leaves/passes on.
It’ll be tough – impossible? – to get an owner who does more or cares more than him. He’s made mistakes, as anyone does, but he is one of the greatest owners in the history of professional sports. He goes all out and he spends money, because his team makes it – because the fans give it to him and he puts it back into the team. Novel concept. If we had a league full of George Steinbrenners, we’d have a league far better off.
Me, I’m just going to enjoy the rest of his tenure (doesn’t mean I won’t criticize).
How wrong that is aside… how the heck am I supposed to answer number 3?
3.) You can have anything to drink right now, what would it be?
Shot of whiskey
Shot of tequila
Any mixed drink
Glass of Wine
Some Coke with my Crack
Anything with alcohol, NOW! And keep it flowing.
Ok, I don’t drink alcohol. So, there goes 2-8 and 10. I don’t drink coffee. There goes 1. I don’t do drugs… there goes 9. So, I’ve got nothing. I do drink soda, so I choose the 9th one, but even that isn’t close…
Yeah, I know I just got started. But, I am not too sure how much I will be able to blog from the 2nd through the 9th, so I wanted to post a note.
I might get a few entries in in that time, however.