Discussion in 'Communications' started by IronParrot, Sep 22, 2000.
A poser for the admins:
Twice now I've been told I've been banned.
In response to a query, I am informed 2 trolls have the same IP number (this ties into a few other posts by others).
It is suspected they are me.
I can state categorically they are not.
Each time the problem has resolved itself, with the system working out that it has mixed things up BUT...
Once I don't mind, twice is irritating, a third will be severely so because I am very careful about what I say in net debate.
So, my Q is: What can I do about this? I neither know what my IP number is, nor how to access it. Nor do I see why I should have to do so, given that no one has informed that my conduct has been wrong.
I have found my engagement in these forums to be great fun and it would be a shame to end it due to software error, beyond either my or the forum admin's control.
An update: The problem is officially sorted.
My thanks to whichever admin took care of it.
'Fore I go, I was truly surprised to hear IP banning is the sole defensive option against malevolent posters. I thought there were a few others, a kind of minor to major scale with an IP nuke at the end!
As is clear, while I know bits and pieces of IT stuff, there's much I don't know.
so glad you were able to get this situation sorted out with the admins. Always feel free to PM them; they are very responsive and will help you.
Good, now that just leaves the problems stated in my thread in Communications. Namely, why I am banned!
JediWarrior: that's pretty much your own fault. It didn't exactly help that you kept creating aliases.
JC, you need to PM a mod and ask them. There have been times when the ban on an address bleeds over to the next address, as in aol which has rolling IPs. If you felt you did nothing wrong, you need to ask them why and check. There was a problem last week. One member was banned, but the address capped bled over to another member's address, too, and banned that address as well. She didn't know what she had done, until she PM'd a mod and the mod found out the ban on someone else had bled over to her, too. It was corrected. it's a system glitch, I believe. But you'll never know until you ask.
(from someone who is simply too lazy to look for it herself): Where does it list everything we can get banned for, or, where are the rules? I probably ought to go read them before I try something risky like telling ya'll about that dream I had the other night...
Well, duh. There's only a thread posting the rules about 8 topics down.
Try the "JC FORUMS RULES AND REGULATIONS" thread in Announcements.
It's not a complete list -- some things that you can be banned for require you to interpret the rules. For example, the rule:
You are responsible for your username under all circumstances.
This means that if you share a computer with the family, you don't log out, and your little brother gets on and starts posting profanities, spamming, trolling, etc., you are responsible for not taking precautions to protect your account. (Besides, how do we know you have a little brother?)
That was just one example. I'm sure if there are any specific questions you may have concerning the interpretation or enforcement of any rules can be answered by the administrators.
Just remember, if there is a mistake made in locking a thread or banning an account, these things can be remedied. A thread can always be unlocked, and an account can be unbanned.
If you know which admin locked a thread that you feel should remain unlocked, PM the admin and tell him/her your reason that it should stay unlocked. The administrator has the option to unlock it or not, but you can at least get a reason for the action (if the reason wasn't already known).
If you have an account that is banned, follow the link for an unban request that appears on your screen. This is not necessarily going to get an immediate response, so be patient. I know I usually only checked when I had recently banned an account, and I tried to let everyone answer unban request for the users that they banned themselves. If it goes unanswered for a while, the admins will help each other out by either answering the request or calling attention to the request. Sometimes the user is being discussed, and extra time may be needed. Very rarely are requests ever ignored completely and/or removed from the folder (hint: don't curse in an unban request).
Hope this helps somewhat.
"Up, Chewie, up!" --Han Solo
go chewie, go
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After being told I was getting banned for 24 hours I was banned for 48. Nothing big just make sure you do what you say your going to
I've a question.
My brother signed up, trolled/spammed, and was banned. All on my computer.
Had it been IP banned, would that have locked me out?
yes, I understand it would, because the IP is attached to your computer. You'd better make your computer password accessible only. Can't prove it's your broher that did it; could have been your sock. Blaming a brother is an old trick by many a JCer.
Actually, it would depend on your ISP. Some Internet Service Providers do not use a fixed IP address, and so your IP address would change every time you log on. AOL is one example of this. The IP numbers are usually similar, such as:
Sometimes, since other people may use the same IP address, there is an overlap and other people may accidentally be banned. In cases like the one above, sometimes it may take a while before we notice, since it may require several logins before the IP address used for that session matches the one that is banned.