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Today I got a PM telling me I had broken Forum Rules, so wasn't allowed a signature. Sadly, no mention was made of whether or not this would be returned for good behaviour. After the threads I've read on other forums involving senior members of the lounge, I think this unlikely.

Discrimination is always a bad thing, I think we can agree.

So, in that spirit, I hope no-one else gets a chance to get sigs back for breaking rules, unless I do.

For those who aren't up-to-date, the rules are these:

1) Do not share, trade, link to, or distribute in any manner here, any copyright material, without the express written consent of the owner (especially GW stuff).

2) Spam is not tolerated on BoLS. If you spam you will be reported as a spammer to DISQUS and other Spam monitoring agencies, which may result in auto-moderation or subsequent banning upon further infractions.

3) No unauthorized advertisement. You must email BoLS ( for permission to advertise a website or product. It is prohibited to link to pornography or content that can damage computers or data such as viruses.

4) Each member may have a single DISQUS and a single forum account.

5) Do not use racist slurs, prejudiced comments, profanity, or derogatory statements. Evading the language filter by using punctuation marks or purposefully misspelling words is considered an offense.

6) Do not initiate arguments of a personal nature. Be courteous to other users, even if you disagree with someone or believe that they are ill-informed. Refrain from flaming posts or comments. You may argue and debate, but do not make any attacks of a personal nature. We strive to make BoLS a place for REASONED discussion amongs fans of the Games Workshop and tabletop wargaming universe.

7) Do not hijack threads or make off-topic replies. Please stay on-topic.

8) Do not serial post/double post. Please delete such DISQUS or forum posts if you accidentally create them. Remember that registered DISQUS posters can fully edit and delete past DISQUS comments.


Members that do not follow these rules will be issued a private warning and have the offending post removed. Continual infractions will result in that account being banned.

We'd like to stress: Our community consists of players of all ages and from all walks of life, including minors. Please try to moderate your language. BoLS understands that there are times when there is indeed something that causes so much excitement or grief in you that you just have to blurt out a swear word, but try to keep it to a minimum.

Thank you for reading and respecting our rules, now go have fun.

~Admin[/I][/B] [/Quote]

Now, I didn't get the warning before punishment was meted out...but, y'know, maybe that's just the way things work here. It's still quite new. Maybe a communication problem.

For those interested, the only rule I'm aware of breaking is 6. the profanity in question is the name of a website and internet personality most people love to hate. I don't agree with censorship, y'see. That's why I haven't moved to China.

If I don't want someone to comment on my blog, I delete their posts, and email them, asking them not to return, politely. Hasn't ever needed to happen...but that's what I would do. Not ban their name - I think it's childish. Also, guess what? If it wasn't on the list of 'profanity' (c'mon, really? use the phrase banned words, please. Show SOME honesty here) I wouldn't even have done it. If it hurt your feeling, made you all butthurt...well, you brought it on yourselves. Unlike some other jokes I could make...but this isn't personal. Never was. It's about Free Speech. That's why this isn't on Mind War, it's here.

Practice what you preach. If you respect Free Speech, I get my sig back. If you're hypocrites, I get a ban for this.

The BoLS in your court.
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  1. bolsadmin's Avatar
    You have been asked to not mention a blog or a person which you knew was not welcome here. Instead, you continue to attempt to go around the word filters. You created a username and password for a banned person to use, which has summarily also been banned.

    Your signature will be returned IF you behave yourself. That determination is yours and yours alone.
  2. TheKingElessar's Avatar
    First, thanks for swift response. I imagine my PM had less to do with that than the, what, about 3 Reports you've received?

    "You created a username and password for a banned person to use, which has summarily also been banned."

    I do not admit to any such action.

    I was indeed NOT asked not to mention said personage either. I DID receive the following PM, ages ago, from BigRed...
    "Hi there,

    You are recieving this notice due to an alteration in our signature setting. We had an incorrect setting in the signature control panel allowing very lengthy signatures.

    We have set signatures globally to have a maximum length of 2 lines, and your signature was shortened to fit within the parameters.

    You may of course alter it as you wish.


    - Altering it as I wish, I did not take to mean as an infringement to my listing other sites I frequent. Perhaps this could have been explicit, rather than assumed? Just because I knew he was banned before getting the chance to earn it doesn't mean a thing - that does not equate to being asked not to mention him.

    Indeed, I'd suggest the majority of Loungers do not know he is banned...or at least why. Certainly, I don't. I also don't see why his name is equated with the 'f-bomb'. As far as I know, such personages as Hitler or Stalin are not filtered. If anyone deserved dumped in the Everglades, it's them.

    I'd still like to know if me getting punished before being told I was being punished, and starting a thread to find out said information was an error, or an attempt to act out such fantasies as "Ban em, the whining on their blogs will be hilarious" ...though, maybe you would rather take the "Just don't feed the troll. Killing them with kindness is the best policy. Trolls need combat and "injustice: to thrive." route. Your call, of course.

    It's weird, I used to think JWolf the most rational of you that wasn't Goatboy. Now, I really don't know who it is. Sad thing is, with the preconceptions of me you'd have, there'd be no way for us to have any sort of friendly game. I don't know who 'wins' there...but when players can't have fun in a game of toy's certainly not the hobby.
  3. Chumbalaya's Avatar
    BoLS in your court, damn that's funny.


    Oh wait, made myself sad again
  4. TheKingElessar's Avatar
    My intention, was, of course, humour.
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