This thread doesn't have to remain. I'm not trying to start an us vs them thread. I'm posting it because people have asked what went down with me being banned and I've wondered about other users who were banned. I did tell my side of the story in my thread on the other Lake the other night, but that's been removed.
I had heard from Daisey what went down with Billy and I was incredulous. I just read his account of it on his profile and I remain incredulous. Unlike myself, Billy was never nasty or insulting.
I have drawn 5 warnings in the six years I posted at Greasy Lake. All were from Joan Fontaine and three of them were early on and deserved. I came to the Lake with an attitude held over from the previous board I had posted on, where things were pretty rough and tumble. I also posted some angry thoughts here and there along the way that I was never warned for and maybe should have been.
Flash forward to the recent Coronavirus thread and I commented on the forum about a moderator's openly and admittedly political post. I think it must have been the same post Billy reported. Anyway, I drew two more quick warnings from Joan Fontaine and with the second warning, I was censured from posting indefinitely. I could still read the board, react to posts and access my PMs. I had already responded to both warnings, but my responses were too defiant and not groveling enough. There was no open communication from the moderators to me. I changed my signature to "hell hath no fury like a moderator scorned" and within 24 hours my account was banned.
I definitely stepped up to their line and across it. I expected the banning, so it wasn't any surprise to me like it was to some of my friends. I felt it was more important to call out the hypocrisy of someone who wields her authority around there like a sledgehammer. There was a very telling comment from another mod, made on the public board, asking me if I felt it were more important to be right than to remain in the community. It seemed to me an admission that they knew there was hypocrisy among their ranks and a foretelling of my banning if I persisted.
Thus, I persisted.
When I was initially banned, I reached out to Karsten on facebook. The opening of his response to me was "why do you even care about this?" and the rest of it was pretty similar to what he posted in his PSA on Greasy Lake. I read both of those statements from him and Mikey and neither one of them took what I considered the proper approach in addressing the people who actually populate Greasy Lake and pay the bills with their donations.
I'm grateful to be here and won't carry any old beefs from the Lake over to this Lake. This should be a clean slate for everyone who comes here.
But I'm wondering...are we the other Lakers or are they the other Lakers.