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Forum Post: IRC Ban Appeal?

Posted 12 years ago on Sept. 27, 2011, 1:07 p.m. EST by IOA (0)
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Is it possible to appeal an IRC ban? It's pretty damn ironic that I got banned for spreading my ideas (...isn't that what you're trying to protect? free speech?) especially when I was actually trying to help your cause.

So it happened a few days ago and yesterday. I was in the IRC and announced that I'd like to give a few suggestions, being that I've followed the Occupy Wall Street operation since the idea had been formed. People said, "Okay"; thus, I proceeded to type out my ideas for properly informing the protesters of civil disobedience tactics in order to avoid arrest.

While I was in the middle of discussing my ideas, a channel Moderator named Buddha said something to me, like "Don't be stupid", and kicked me. I realized I was banned. The next day (yesterday) I rejoined again and once more gained a general consensus that I should be allowed to discuss my suggestions for the protests. In fact, a different moderator said "That sounds fair.", and I proceeded to give my spiel again in the hopes that I would be permitted to finish this time. After my second sentence or so, Buddha kicked me with the message of something like, "Bye", and I've been banned ever since.

This is completely unjust and definitely ironic on some level. I came there to offer suggestions for better protesting practices, and I was banned for it. The irony lies in the fact that you guys are out there on Wall Street, protesting for freedoms (...including free speech), and for reforms in the government. Well, I was preaching my own kind of reform, exercising what I thought was freedom of speech. And I was banned. That's like black-bagging someone who says the President is doing a bad job. That's unlawful.

Plus, I was just trying to help. By giving my criticism, even if it wasn't completely necessary, I was giving you guys ideas to consider for improvement. Come on, the protests aren't perfect. The fact that over 100 protesters were arrested is proof of that. If you look at any arrest video, you'll find that the person being apprehended has done something to warrant their beating, and if they haven't, you don't know what they did off-camera.

Point is, I'm trying to offer you guys some critical suggestions, and I'm being banned for it. I don't understand that; I feel that, by banning me, Buddha has overstepped his boundaries as a moderator. I didn't do anything wrong. How are his actions any better than the "police brutality" you seem to cry out so much for? Unlike the videos which can't show you whether there is or isn't police brutality at play, IRC administrators CAN view the IRC logs to see that I didn't do anything wrong. Buddha did.

Thank you for your time, I look forward to my ban being lifted.




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[-] 1 points by deadport (2) from Laguna Beach, CA 12 years ago

It just smacks of impropriety... Certainly, it is not representative of the 99% who are trying to be involved from a distance.

[-] 1 points by deadport (2) from Laguna Beach, CA 12 years ago

yup yup. just got banned for pointing out that the mods do a disservice when they stop chat so their voice can be heard over everyone else with questions for the ground crews.... very disappointing.

[-] 1 points by TribalElder (27) from Bloomington, IN 12 years ago

IRC is out of control, they attack and ban anyone that brings up real ideas that have purpose and substance. Are we running IRC chat or are they?

[-] 1 points by sudoname (1001) from Berkeley, CA 12 years ago

Just saw someone get banned for saying something an admin misunderstood. I don't know what function this thing serves. IRC isn't remotely close to a democracy.

[-] 1 points by gawdoftruth (3698) from Santa Barbara, CA 12 years ago

sounds like "bhudda" should have his admin privs revoked.

[-] 1 points by riethc (1149) 12 years ago

Buddha__ is the one who needs to be banned.