For the first time in my entire life, I have been banned for an online forum. It pains me to say it, but I have, as of today, been banned for one week from the Chex Quest Fan Forums, which has been my online home for the past four years.
A quick timeline:
2008 – Desu. The now despised word that set this roller coaster in motion. Cleaved the forum in two.
March 2009 – The Evil Game.
Tuesday (this week) – Fed up with the way the staff are running the forum, I quit.
Wednesday – The other members, shocked at my sudden announcement, plead with me to come back.
Thursday – I come back, though still very agitated.
Friday – The staff reveal their new philosophy of moderation. It looks good to me, so I hope that this crisis is over.
Saturday – The staff announce that 85% of all talk on the forums has nothing to do with Chex Quest. They call this ‘disturbing’. I immediately raise the red flag, because I fear that they plan to do the same thing to GD that they did to the Evil Game. I voice my concerns.
Sunday (today) – Palm Sunday. The day Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, with a large crowd cheering. Also on this day, my banishment from the CQFF, and given this message:
Sorry xbolt, you are banned from using this forum!
Xbolt, I did not want it to come to this. You may not realize it, but you are strengthening the divisions in the board. You are preventing us from refocusing on our cause and uniting the board in friendship. You are banned for seven days.
Yay. Happy day, now ruined. So, not wanting to be told where I can and cannot post just because the forum is supposed to be ‘about’ something, that’s strengthening divisions in the board? Maybe so, but opposing totalitarianism and just being a jerk for the fun of it are two very different things.
Where does one go to when faced with this? If anybody from the CQFF who doesn’t think I’m a jerk happens to read this, drop me a line. Please.