@GM-Deynger said in So Easy to Bypass Bans:
Being civil to people on the forums is required, regardless of their opinion. You are free to disagree with it, but toxic or inflammatory language is against our forum policy. Being civil does not mean you or anyone condones the action, it is just manners.
There are ways to express yourself that do not include curse words, FYI.
Okay but here's a question: Why is it that curse words seem to be the limit of your definition of civility?
Quite comedic - but I assume you get the gist of it I'm certain. You might also recognize it in action in this very forums when one party presents their heinous beliefs as being absolutely fine and rational, but those who disagree are simply being mean spirited, harassing trolls. This has led to what I believe is craig's issue at hand, here. In a previous topic a poster expressed transphobic beliefs and doubled down on them - sparking some rather justified irritation from the user in question who was promptly banned for saying "toxic or inflammatory language".
Some time after that the transphobic user was, too. His ban, however, was completely temporary and he was allowed to return to the forums within a day. Craig was not unbanned in a similar manner. You have, perhaps unknowingly, set a precedent wherein hate speech is weighted less in terms of punishment than calling someone a naughty word. In fact - people can admit to being pedophiles on this very forum, but calling them earns you more of a punishment than the person who openly admits a sexual attraction to minors.
I bring this up not to question you, as a person, your morals or your ethics - or even your job as the GM on these forums. But rather what appears to be a forum-wide question of how and why the rules are enforced and who they're enforced upon, and why. If it's a question of toxic behavior and inflammatory language; why aren't all posts that insult and harass other users given as much weight as the ones that use curse words? Why aren't harassing private messages given any kind of attention at all - in fact why isn't there any way to report someone who sends you a private message on these forums - and why have you allowed an entire subculture to grow on these forums wherein people are publicly blacklisted and openly mocked from behind that block and their forums enemies get to brag about reporting them and their subsequent punishments.
You talk about not wanting toxicity on these forums but in your effort to take out the bad man who said bad words you've completely ignored the most toxic elements of these forums and gone above and beyond to protect them and look past their actions and offenses. That's pretty messed up, dawg. It's also incredibly unfair.