2 Members banned from forums
On Dec 5th, the community managers had to make a hard choice. Over the last few months, we've seen two fans in particular debate strongly over the forums, blogs and comments. The debate mostly was around Dravid - one fan criticized based on fact and the other retaliated to all criticisms with passion for Dravid. In the last two months, the community managers have actively been moderating personal attacks and trying to calm the situation down (along with some other active fans).
On Dec 4, a forum topic was posted asking for penalties to be raised on needless posts. The discussion on this topic turned foul with both fans attacking each other and bringing up old arguments. Other fans - fans who normally don't get involved - wrote about their displeasure that the argument had grown so much. Another fan alerted the community managers.
We decided that enough is enough. While we recognized the contribution both fans have given to this site & community in terms of healthy arguments & criticism, facts and a good read at times, their personal attacks have grown too frequent and too harsh. As such, both fans have been banned from the Forums. Both are still Fanatic Fans with blogging access and have access to comment on blogs (will verify this with tech team tomorrow). We have taken away only half the posting rights because we hope this move of ours will encourage them to stay calm and focus on cricket and not repeated arguments. Should they both spark the debates & personal attacks again, both will be banned from posting on this site. (Yes we will monitor other accounts they have created - if you find any do email email@example.com)
I hope this proves that though we are lenient at times (we realize cricket is a passionate sport), we don't intend to let harmful conversations continue on the site and we are not shy of banning fans. I hope this serves as an example and that we don't have to take such measures in the future.
If you disagree with our decision, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org or comment below.
He, along with the fab members of the Fan Advisory Board, plot new schemes to engage with fans and trouble shoot their problems.
Feel free to write to him on email@example.com.