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Kevin Bonham
24-05-2005, 08:44 PM
This is a thread for moderators to post details of decisions made about moderation standards - may also include details of reasons for any further bannings or deletions for non-obvious reasons. This thread has been created so that there is less confusion about what the existing standards are (including for the various moderators!)

No list of rules will be complete and the mods reserve the right to moderate anything at any stage for any reason. In general standards here are fairly liberal, however these are some of the standards that are already in place:

* No illegal material (the main issues here are defamation, illegal vilification and threats of violence).

* No swearing or excessive crudity. Some latitude is shown in mild cases but there is a low tolerance for crude/vulgar abuse towards other posters, particularly those who are relatively new to the board.

* Irrelevant insults about personal attributes are not permitted. For instance, irrelevant insults related to age, appearance, weight, gender, sexuality, personal life or lifestyle will generally not be tolerated.

* No spamming or post-flooding. Advertising coming chess events within Australia is strongly encouraged within the tournaments section, but posts advertising general chess websites from overseas will generally be deleted, especially if made by posters without previous posts. Any use of the forum's PM or email facilities to send the same unsolicited message to many users will be considered spam.

* Please keep your posts relevant to the original topic of the thread, or at least to other posts on it, especially within chess-related sections of the board. Posts that are off-topic may be deleted or moved to new or other threads. Threadjacking (deliberately disrupting discussions with off-topic posts or irrelevant issues) is not permitted.

* The shoutbox often provides the first impression new users receive of the Chess Chat community. Posters should therefore be respectful of other conversations and avoid even low level vulgarity. Excessive trolling may result in loss of shouting rights. Further shoutbox guidelines may be found here. (http://chesschat.org/showpost.php?p=260973&postcount=227)

* Attempts at circumventing the board's auto-censoring of words feature are not permitted.

* Unnecessary thread proliferation (eg deliberately creating a new thread that duplicates existing discussion or starting multiple copies of the same thread) is not permitted. However, starting new threads to explore side-issues that are not relevant to the original subject is strongly encouraged.

* Impersonation of other users or of Australian chess personalities generally, including via PM, is not permitted. Multiple accounts for a single poster may be permitted, or not, at our discretion. We will frequently ban anonymous accounts that are suspected of being operated by banned users, any account that misrepresents the nature of the person operating it (eg adult posters pretending to be juniors) and any account employing a proxy IP.

* When quoting posts made on this board, please attribute them to the username of the poster who posted them, rather than the poster's real name (where different) or any other "name". The real names of posters who post under an alias may, however, be mentioned sparingly where known.

* Links to material that falls outside the site rules must be clearly labelled "not work safe" and must contain additional warnings if the material linked to is unusually gross, potentially disturbing etc. In extreme cases links may be deleted even if a disclaimer is provided. Some links may be better posted in the Coffee Lounge rather than the main board.

* Any user posting a link to something they have written elsewhere grants permission for CC members to quote part or all of the relevant section of the material they are referring to, on this forum. A user wishing to link to something they have written elsewhere, where the portion relevant to the thread being posted to is short (eg less than twenty lines long), should quote the part relevant to the thread instead of just posting a link. The moderators reserve the right to delete links to, or quotes of, self-written material that is out of date and of no interest to the thread at the time of posting.

* While a poster is banned they cannot cause material to be posted on chesschat, including posting under a different account name or arranging for another poster to post material on their behalf. Any attempt to evade a ban in this manner will lead to a much longer ban. Starting a new account or using a hydra account while banned are also not permitted, even if not posting at the time.

* While a poster is banned from chesschat it is not permitted to post on their behalf in any way, or to post links to anything they have written while banned. Quoting of banned posters is permitted only if (i) the material quoted was written before the poster's current ban commenced (onus is on the quoter to demonstrate this) or (ii) the quoting is clearly for the purposes of critical discussion (not necessarily negative) rather than deliberately helping the banned poster to circumvent their ban by having their comments appear here.

Any post consisting largely of quoting of material by one or more banned posters with little or no original comment added will breach this rule, as will any post that quotes a banned user without discussing the comments quoted in relation to points being discussed on the thread. In any case all material quoted must be clearly within the site rules. If in doubt about this rule, please check your intended post with a moderator before posting it.

* Issues related to suicide or depression must be handled sensitively. Also, it is not permitted to use expressions that can be reasonably read as suggesting that posters take their own lives, that posters should die, or that posters should come to serious harm, unless the context is clearly amicable and harmless.

* The Coffee Lounge is a private bonus subforum for users with at least 500 posts. Material written there may not be republished in any other medium whatsoever, including on other forums, except with the written consent of the author(s) of all material being republished. Links to the Coffee Lounge from the main board (or posts having the same effect as links) are not permitted.

Moderators will moderate the following matter within the Coffee Lounge: defamation where a risk of legal action is perceived, crude abuse, gratuitous or excessive swearing, and material likely to offend many adults. If the site owner does not approve of a poster's behaviour in the Coffee Lounge for any reason, he may take any action he considers appropriate.

* Private communications of any sort, including but not limited to PMs, emails and letters, may not be posted or quoted publicly (including elsewhere in the case of PMs or emails from this site) without the written consent of the author(s) of all material being quoted. A communication is private if its author has, or may reasonably have, an expectation of confidentiality. Exceptions include tournament announcements, newsletters and some other materials with a wide circulation that are clearly not in confidence. Internal proceedings of chess organisations and businesses are in confidence unless stated otherwise no matter how many recipients there are.

The onus is strongly on the poster of a communication to ensure that its posting is permitted prior to doing so, if necessary by asking a moderator.

* No legal threats (including threatening to "seek legal advice") may be made anywhere, including outside the site, against either the site or another poster on account of material posted here without first contacting the moderators and asking that the offending material be removed. Such a request may state that material is defamatory but may not include any reference to the possibility of legal action.

* Posters who have been repeatedly moderated will be suspended if they post while apparently drunk.

* The moderators/admins reserve the right to take any action they deem appropriate against members who make demonstrably false or misleading claims about this site or its administration/moderation on other sites. We recommend that members having issues with administration/moderation pursue those issues on this site. Action may also be taken against members who encourage other members to break site rules or breach moderation directives, no matter where or how the encouragement occurs.

* The site has a responsibility for posts (http://chesschat.org/announcement.php?f=32&a=13) policy to make it possible to determine when those posters who also hold formal positions in the chess community are posting on behalf of their organisations. Comments that contravene this policy (ie that accuse posters of posting on behalf of organisations when they are not, and vice versa) may be moderated.

* Failing to follow a directive from an admin or moderator may result in immediate action being taken against the poster. If you disagree with any decision or directive from the admins or moderators, take it up by PM with the admin or moderator concerned, in the moderation discussion (http://chesschat.org/showthread.php?t=10724) thread or by starting a new thread in the non-chess or Help and Feedback sections. If still not satisfied you may contact the site owner.

* The moderators/admins reserve the right to delete any sig files they deem to be inflammatory or controversial. This includes but is not limited to criticism of other members, this site or its moderation/administration.

* Sig files that are excessively long, garish or otherwise detract from the primary purpose of the site, will lead to the member being requested to 'tone it down'. Failure to comply with such requests may also result in the sigfile being deleted.

* If a member sends another member any PM that the recipient has previously indicated is not wanted, then the offending member may have their PM rights revoked or other action taken.

* Premium members who obtain information not available to other members are not allowed to reveal that information publicly. Penalties include immediate loss of premium membership rights without refund and immediate banning.

* The use of temporary, disposable or password-unprotected email addresses to sign up is strongly discouraged. Apparently genuine registrants from such addresses will be emailed and asked to provide a permanent email address instead. No response after 24 hours will lead to the original account being banned. All such email address domains that we discover will be added to our blocked domain list.

Kevin Bonham
05-07-2005, 12:20 AM
GinoTHEStud posted a number of irrelevant posts and flooded the shoutbox and was banned indefinitely following complaints from users - this is what we would normally do when an unknown poster is postflooding until we work out what is going on (otherwise these things get out of control, eg happyfriend). Apparently however it was an unfortunate misunderstanding - he is a visitor from elsewhere and wanted to get his postcount up to gain PM rights. I didn't know that was the case and had I known I wouldn't have banned him - he has now been unbanned.

Postflooding to gain access to PMs is generally not allowed because the post limit to use PMs exists to discourage new posters from rapidly acquiring the ability to spam - all complaints about this restriction should be addressed to Matthew Sweeney. However if a new user has a good reason to use PMs quickly then all they need to do is approach the admins or mods with a request to be allowed to do so.

I'd appreciate it if anyone introducing visitors from elsewhere made it clear that they are not allowed to use PMs until they have made ten posts and they need to consult an admin or mod if they wish to gain access more rapidly than by posting ten "normal" posts.

Kevin Bonham
07-07-2005, 03:24 AM
ChessGuru post deleted from Mt Buller bulletins thread as concerns about possible defamation of a person who doesn't post here have been raised. I'll try to find some time to look at it very carefully and if it is definitely harmless or the admin is happy to have it up, it can be restored.

Kevin Bonham
18-07-2005, 11:38 AM
Link to Matthew Sweeney's blog provisionally deleted as blog contained a fair amount of Matthew's usual grossness and questionably adult content but he made no real attempt to warn the reader in providing the link.

Links to dodgy stuff should at minimum be labelled "not work safe" by the poster and should also warn if the material linked to is unusually gross, potentially disturbing etc. Links without such warnings will be deleted - it's the poster's responsibility.

In extreme cases links may be deleted even if a disclaimer is provided. Some links may be better posted in the Coffee Lounge rather than the main board.

Kevin Bonham
28-07-2005, 12:52 AM
One post has been deleted from one of the Sydney grade matches threads. While the basic point it made (that the SAC team's withdrawal from the event could create negative publicity for the SAC as a business) was fine I reckon it went too far and became a bit legally dodgy. Post's still under review but be surprised if it returns.

Kevin Bonham
03-08-2005, 01:27 AM
Several posts from George Howard CDs thread moved offline as they contained accusations of criminal activity.

As a general rule accusations of criminal activity will not be tolerated here and those who repeatedly post them may be banned. If you have strong evidence to back such accusations the place to take them is your local police station, not here. If you don't have strong evidence then your comments may be defamatory.

However claims about criminal activity will be permitted where the person referred to has been convicted in a court of law.

Kevin Bonham
10-08-2005, 01:43 AM
Thread by antichrist attacking SGCC deleted. Complex case because we think it is fairly unlikely that the thread was actually defamatory, but it was certainly a trashy piece of unsubstantiated slagging and the points concerned really would have been best left in the several original threads concerning the issues raised - starting a new thread was unnecessary and malicious. Plus there were inaccurate claims about PMs and comments that could become defamatory towards a given player.

Kevin Bonham
25-08-2005, 08:49 PM
Bunch of off-topic nonsense deleted after Sweeney called a new poster a bastardised version of that poster's username. As far as I can tell (following the trail of posts) this was completely unprovoked since the new poster had made no posts other than four moves in a correspondence game in the Correspondence Games section. Matt then tried to portray the new poster as a troll and hydra after the new poster, in retaliation, spread to having a go at him in turn on various other threads. Fooled me until I checked the timing of the various posts.

Assuming the above account is correct, Matthew is now on a severe warning and any further vulgarising of people's usernames may lead to at least a week in the tank.

Kevin Bonham
02-09-2005, 06:33 PM
Reminder to several posters: wishing other posters dead, encouraging other posters to kill themselves, threats of violence (implied or explicit) and other things like that are not allowed and will be deleted - even if there was serious provocation.

Issues related to suicide and depression are sensitive for several posters on this board for a variety of reasons. Please try to be tactful when discussing them.

Kevin Bonham
06-09-2005, 02:50 PM
antichrist banned for one day by Rincewind for posting dodgy/vulgar content in the shoutbox.

Kevin Bonham
21-10-2005, 10:27 PM
There have been several spammers and flooders signing up in the last week or so. Rincewind has been banning them all immediately, so that explains what's going on with new signups being immediately banned. The flooder attacks are coming from the UK. If necessary, moderator vetting of new signups will be introduced, but it has not come to this yet.

(Flooders are trolls who sign up and bombard the site with dozens of inane or idiotic posts in a short space of time.)

Kevin Bonham
03-11-2005, 11:19 PM
Site owner has asked me to post the following:

Legal Threats

We would like all posters to be able to post here without being threatened with legal action for defamation or anything else, on the understanding that posters who repeatedly and/or severely defame others will be dealt with harshly by the mods and admins.

Therefore we have made the following new rule - from now on, any poster who threatens or takes legal action (including threatening to "seek legal advice") against either the site or another poster on account of material posted here without first contacting the moderators and asking that the offending material be removed, will be suspended or banned. This applies even if the threat is made entirely outside the site.

A post can be reported to all admins and mods for consideration for moderation by clicking on the ! button in the lower-right hand corner of the post. Please remember to explain why you want the post moderated and think about whether it is any worse than anything else you might have said to the same person.

Kevin Bonham
06-11-2005, 08:37 PM
I've suspended Matthew Sweeney for one day for vulgar attacks on various posters in the amswartz flamewar. Matthew has had a previous warning by PM since his return to the board that vulgar attacks on posters would result in suspension.

There is no connection between this suspension and his flamewar with Bill over moderation of the same thread, which he will be free to resume losing when he returns.

Kevin Bonham
11-11-2005, 12:02 PM
I've suspended Sweeney, probably for another three days although that's still being discussed, for a few more instances of crude abuse towards various people he disagrees with (not only mods) in the last day or two. None of these were particualrly severe violations by Sweeney standards, which is why the suspension isn't much longer, but it's obvious that he is continuing to push the boundaries in spite of numerous warnings and I see no reason why we should put up with it.

Rincewind
11-11-2005, 07:58 PM
I've created a new group for users who are banned at their own request. This is to avoid confusion with those users who are banned for reasons of unacceptable behaviour.

Suspended Users have the same rights as Banned Users, the only difference is their User Title says "Account Suspended" and their User Name appears in italics instead of being struck-through.

Kevin Bonham
14-11-2005, 11:29 AM
User lukuman4u banned for spamming including spamming users by email.

Kevin Bonham
15-11-2005, 02:19 PM
Rosario's Blog Discussion 101 - claim of lying deleted, and most of subsequent blather between GG and silly goat bulk-deleted. The words "lie" or "liar" imply not merely that a comment is false but that the person making it knew this. Such comments should only be made where you have strong evidence that the person knows what they are saying isn't true, and this evidence should be stated in the post.

Kevin Bonham
18-11-2005, 11:53 PM
Sweeney now banned for a week for continuing to vulgarise a username to harass a poster in the main section of the board despite warnings that there would be a zero-tolerance approach to this habit.

Kevin Bonham
23-11-2005, 05:03 PM
A thread containing various gossip/rumour style comments including some defamation has been deleted and the poster warned.

jenni has resigned as moderator following a disagreement with the admins over the deletion of a thread in the Coffee Lounge, and citing more general disagreements of a similar kind.

Kevin Bonham
11-12-2005, 11:09 PM
Sweeney banned for ten days for vulgar abuse - the bans will keep getting longer until he is willing to consistently post within the rules.

skip to my lou
19-12-2005, 08:23 AM
Modified thread title to "ChessKids Sympathisers Beware: Domain Name "Squatting"" and deleted a post by ggrayggray in that thread.

Kevin Bonham
25-12-2005, 11:13 PM
Matthew Sweeney suspended for an indefinite period after various drunken antics including reposting a PM without permission and some typical Sweeney stuff towards a new poster.

This may be a shortish suspension to protect Matthew from his own stupidity, given that if left on he was at risk of posting something that would get him banned for ages, or he may be off for much longer in view of his frequent breaches. In this case I will be discussing his future on the site with the site owner prior to setting a duration for this ban.

Many of you will doubtless think latitude should be shown because of it being Christmas and all, but Matthew has stated that he does not celebrate Christmas so I doubt he has that excuse.

Kevin Bonham
27-12-2005, 02:34 PM
Matthew has been reinstated, but in future when he posts in an apparently drunk manner, I intend to suspend him for 24 hrs immediately irrespective of the contents of those posts, since he seems to have even more trouble following the rules in that state than normally.

This may appear to be making a rule for one particular poster but:

(i) many forums have "problem posters" who need to be dealt with individually.

(ii) if another poster develops the same posting characteristics I'll deal with them the same way.

Kevin Bonham
27-12-2005, 05:01 PM
Furthermore I would like to make it publicly clear that Matthew is now on a zero tolerance policy with respect to rule breaches. All clearcut rule breaches by Matthew, including trivial ones and ones committed while drunk, will result in bans for a significant period. The current minimum ban period for Matthew for any offence is two weeks. This will be reviewed if Matthew breaches no rules and does not post while drunk for at least three months.

Matthew is actually extremely lucky to have been readmitted as it has come to light that he used extremely inappropriate language in a post on the main board. Had I been aware of just how bad it was before I let him back on, I would have banned him for at least a month.

Kevin Bonham
28-12-2005, 04:21 PM
As a result of a constructive suggestion by Matthew Sweeney, the top post in the thread has been consolidated to provide a single up-to-date list of site rules and will be edited as new rules are added. References to UCJ have been removed as UCJ is defunct.

Kevin Bonham
28-12-2005, 04:57 PM
Linking to the coffee lounge (or any equivalent, eg "see my reply in the coffee lounge" without any other substantive comment) has been banned. Also see note on unnecessary thread proliferation in rules at top. Matthew Sweeney warned that this practice, which was an obvious attempt to destabilise the site, has now been banned.

Kevin Bonham
31-12-2005, 12:56 PM
User account "Anna Kimura" banned and all posts and replies quoting them deleted - defamation, impersonation, off-topic trolling and evading a ban. Based on similarity of posts and IP evidence, this was not the real Miss Kimura but rather the permanently banned poster HappyFriend.

Kevin Bonham
01-01-2006, 03:01 PM
Some more HappyFriend sockpuppet accounts have been banned, and we will keep banning them as they appear. If necessary stronger actions will be taken.

Kevin Bonham
03-02-2006, 05:41 PM
Ayuna has been banned. HappyFriend told me that he will not be posting on the BB again and that the sockpuppet accounts mentioned above are "hackers". Based on IP evidence and similarity of posts Ayuna is another one of these "hackers". We do not allow people to post by hacking other people's computers so Ayuna has been banned.

On a completely unrelated note, banned users who wish to be readmitted to the bulletin board may not do so by creating a new username or alias. They must contact the moderators with a request for readmission, which will not necessarily be approved.

Kevin Bonham
16-02-2006, 01:40 PM
I deleted a bunch of stuff from the Bali Nine thread. Basically one poster swore on the open board, another suggested his language was inappropriate and several posts sprang off from there most of which also contained or quoted swearing inappropriate for the open board. The rest didn't make sense without the deleted posts. Some of these may be reviewed but I felt that since the original poster had toned it down there was no need for the rest to stay up. There was also one post which had a mildly nonworksafe image.

Kevin Bonham
03-03-2006, 02:22 PM
I've deleted some stuff from the NSWCA - One on One With Your Prez thread. Please avoid referring to Coffee Lounge discussions on the main board as much as possible as this isn't fair to posters who don't have access there - they will not understand what you are talking about.

skip to my lou
06-03-2006, 12:25 AM
Hello All;

Matthew Sweeney said " NO NO NO !!! DISABLE THIS SHITBOX !!! "

As per his request, I had disabled his account yesterday.

Kevin Bonham
18-03-2006, 02:51 PM
There has been a real mess on the Ballarat Begonia thread where a last-round result between siblings led to accusations of collusion that were not sufficiently substantiated (although there is some suggestion a player was lax about a game there is not a shred of proof of deliberate game-throwing), resulting in numerous posters posting other examples of suspected cheating, some of them similarly dodgy.

The thread also contained some really good discussion about avoiding sibling pairings etc but because there is a lot of dodgy stuff on the thread I have acted as follows:

* Thread locked.
* Entirity of thread from original accusations/suspicions onwards moved into quarantine for careful assessment over the next several days. It is likely that the great majority of posts will eventually be restored but some will be deleted/edited and the thread may be split. Once this has all been dealt with whatever material is online will be re-opened for discussion, however I wish to make the following warning to all posters:

Accusations of game-throwing or collusion should only be made where there is very strong evidence that they are true and where this evidence is clearly stated and correct in the opening post in which they are raised. Second-hand hearsay, rumour and so on are not sufficient evidence. Posters repeatedly making accusations of cheating without substantiating them will be suspended.

Kevin Bonham
19-03-2006, 10:46 AM
Deleted one thread and a few posts that refer to rumours about a person being jailed. The original posts were completely off-topic and unless someone knows about this for sure the whole thing is not in the public interest.

skip to my lou
19-03-2006, 11:21 PM
I have changed the description of the Coffee Lounge slightly.

Kevin Bonham
23-03-2006, 02:50 PM
Matthew Sweeney has been banned for two weeks for violent and sexually/vulgarly abusive remarks towards another poster in, ironically, the "Extending state bans nationwide" thread. Once again, Matt is on a zero-tolerance policy and clearcut breaches of the rules will result in bans.

Rincewind
30-03-2006, 10:27 AM
Email from Denis Jessop posted by shaun in the Extending State Ban thread has been removed and one other post by stater with a verbatim quote of the same also removed. As the post was not moderated for 2 days: the gate has been closed but the horse has bolted and therefore all subsequent discussion remains as is.

Posters are reminded to not post private communications on the board. In this case the message had a number of addressees but there was still an expectation of confidentiality and therefore the (somewhat belated) moderation of the two aforementioned posts.

Kevin Bonham
08-04-2006, 01:58 PM
Policy regarding private messages revised and extended to other forms of private or potentially private communication. New policy has been placed at top of thread and reads:


* Private communications of any sort, including but not limited to PMs, emails and letters, may not be posted or quoted publicly without the written consent of the author(s) of all material being quoted. (Includes within Coffee Lounge.) A communication is private if its author has, or may reasonably have, an expectation of confidentiality. Exceptions include tournament announcements, newsletters and some other materials with a wide circulation that are clearly not in confidence. Internal proceedings of chess organisations and businesses are in confidence unless stated otherwise no matter how many recipients there are.

The onus is strongly on the poster of a communication to ensure that its posting is permitted prior to doing so, if necessary by asking a moderator.

Thread retitled for clarity.

Kevin Bonham
11-04-2006, 12:07 PM
Guidelines have been revised with respect to Coffee Lounge in line with the change made in the description of the Lounge on the site front page. All reference to specific rules applying in the Lounge has been removed and it has been made clear that the Lounge is indeed unmoderated by moderators. First post has been edited accordingly.

Kevin Bonham
12-04-2006, 11:41 AM
Peter Parr's post on drug-testing and the Olympiad has been moved to a new thread. A series of fairly chatty off-topic posts following that post has been deleted, though I will revive them and move them to non-chess if both the main parties involved (arosar and bergil) request me to.

Kevin Bonham
14-04-2006, 01:39 PM
User alovelyboy has been suspended indefinitely for continuing to post personal gossip about Australian chess personalities, some or all of it untrue. User Bobby (not to be confused with Bobby1972) has been banned permanently as a hydra of alovelyboy.

Kevin Bonham
19-04-2006, 11:37 AM
Tomas Kessler banned - similarities in posts plus matching in partial IP addresses shows TK is banned user Ayuna using a secondary account to evade ban. TK account may however be reactivated temporarily by admins/mods if this is necessary while investigating a violence threat complaint by that poster.

Banned users who wish their accounts to be reactivated on the basis that they will behave themselves in future must contact the moderators and seek permission. Starting posting again under new accounts without permission is not acceptable. However requests for reactivation will be considered on their merits.

Bill Gletsos
30-04-2006, 10:21 PM
Sujakobi banned as a hydra of an already banned user.

Kevin Bonham
08-05-2006, 03:58 PM
Matthew Sweeney has been suspended for a month. His latest in a very long line of violations of site rules was a post that at the least wished another poster dead and could also have been interpreted as a violence threat.

Rincewind
14-05-2006, 01:37 AM
Howard Duggan suspended from CL access until he is deemed to have posted 200 non-spamming posts and then some.

Kevin Bonham
14-05-2006, 01:27 PM
Some minor changes have been made to the rules regarding posting of material by banned users in the top post in the thread. The effect of these changes is:

* to more completely block any attempt by banned posters to participate indirectly while banned.
* to relax rules regarding the quoting of banned posters so that quoting old public-domain material by them that predates their ban is now permitted.

Kevin Bonham
17-05-2006, 11:43 AM
Use and abuse of the post report function

Most posters who use the post report function (the ! button) to report posts to the mods and admins have been doing so responsibly and usefully and I wish to thank all those who have helped us clean stuff up from time to time.

A very small number of posters have been abusing the function.

The post report function is to be used for:

* Reporting material that you honestly think violates or may violate the forum rules. If it's not obvious, you may wish to say which rule.

* Reporting cases where re-organisation of material is desired; for instance, when a discussion has gone off-topic and you wish to suggest a post from which it should be split. It can also be used to make other technical requests (rename thread, merge threads, add/amend polls etc) although if it's not urgent it may be better to just PM a single mod.

* In very unusual cases, making the mods aware of something that is not explicitly against the forum rules but you think deserves moderator attention anyway ("No list of rules will be complete and the mods reserve the right to moderate anything at any stage for any reason.")

Recently some regular posters with a long history of antagonism towards other posters have reported those posters' posts, citing disagreements that have nothing to do with the forum rules and making spurious claims of "harassment".

Such post reports are a total waste of time. Remember that post-report sends an email to all mods and admins, so unwarranted post reports are effectively spam (as well as the time it takes to investigate the complaint.)

The mods are not interested in modding someone just because you have a history of conflict with them and find their arguing tactics disagreeable. Most likely your opponent feels much the same way about you.

The mods will deal with genuine harassment (especially unprovoked baiting of new posters) but the typical cut-and-thrust between regular posters is not such.

The mods will clean up obvious cases of illegal harassment, such as sexual harassment, but if you want to claim that another poster's debating tactics are illegal harassment, you must supply a legal opinion from a qualified source having reference to the posts in question and based on a full consideration of the relevant history between the two posters.

Please have consideration for the moderators' time and use the post report function sensibly. Thankyou.

Trent Parker
22-05-2006, 08:52 AM
User prozac7674 Permanently banned for Spamming the Chess Australia section

Kevin Bonham
26-05-2006, 04:45 PM
It's a long time since I deleted a thread here just for being total rubbish but "best insults" was gouging holes in the bottom of the barrel and most of the posts on it were attempts to evade the swearing filter. Please find some other way to boost your postcounts. :P

Rincewind
28-05-2006, 02:08 AM
Howard Duggan suspended from CL access until he is deemed to have posted 200 non-spamming posts and then some.

The suspension has been lifted.

Kevin Bonham
02-06-2006, 01:25 PM
I've deleted the exchanges between Arrogant-One, Howard and others that were initially split off Howard's Tromp thread.

All getting a little bit too personal and sensitive and Arrogant-One's initial go at Howard was a rather blatant piece of off-topic trolling.

Kevin Bonham
08-06-2006, 11:40 AM
A number of posts from the Gormally-Aronian thread have been moved offline.

These posts started with a post by Comrade Zukovsky making various comments about Arianne Caoili. The remaining posts that have been removed (including mine) were mostly responses criticising Zukovsky's post. All these posts were in order but the initial post which was probably very defamatory was not. The other posts have been removed solely because they don't make sense without the original.

Having seen Arianne's published comment that the dancing between her and Aronian was innocent, no further posts alleging otherwise will be permitted without exhaustive proof. However it is permitted to quote such comments from the mass media for the purpose of discussing the evident failings of the mass media in its coverage of the story.

Kevin Bonham
08-06-2006, 05:24 PM
Entire Gormally-Aronian thread moved offline temporarily due to legal issues, most of them involving an irrelevant incident. Once thread has been carefully checked and all potentially defamatory material removed it will be restored - this may happen later tonight, or otherwise tomorrow.

Please do not discuss the matter in the meantime.

This matter is sensitive due to the interest of the mass media in the issue so please be patient until I have had time to deal with it.

Bill Gletsos
17-06-2006, 09:22 PM
Arrogant_One banned for 24 hours for interferring in the Boris V Duggan game.

Kevin Bonham
19-06-2006, 04:00 PM
Coffee Lounge

Bill and I have had discussions with STML and are hopeful the Coffee Lounge will soon be re-opened. However because of blatant abuse of the freedom offered within the Coffee Lounge in the past, the Coffee Lounge will now be moderated by moderators, although less so than the main forum.

The CL will continue to be a place where experienced posters can post material that may be a little more adult and risque than is appropriate for a forum visited by many juniors with little experience of forum life. However the following changes will be made:

* crude abuse (including the use of swearing, sexual innuendo and/or accusations, gross or disgusting imagery etc) to attack other posters, including by implication, will be banned in the same manner as on the main site. Repeat offenders can expect to be banned from the board altogether.

* swearing that is considered to be gratuitous (eg swearing in the Coffee Lounge just because you "can") or extreme will not be allowed.

* any material that is considered likely to revolt or disgust adult posters in general will not be permitted.

Several past threads that breach these standards extensively have been removed from the Lounge entirely and others have been retrospectively moderated to bring them into line with the above. This retrospective removal and moderation of old threads will continue as required.

It is up to all posters to ensure the Lounge is not misused if they wish to see it continue.

Kevin Bonham
19-06-2006, 11:44 PM
I deleted a post by PHAT (Matthew Sweeney) that blatantly contradicted the site policy on responsibility for posts. I have also added a mention of that policy to the moderation rules list at the top of this thread just so that it can be seen with the rest of the rules. Although Matthew is on a zero-tolerance policy I did not ban him because I was the only party affected by his comments and I do not impose (or generally recommend) bans in such cases.

Kevin Bonham
24-06-2006, 05:47 PM
User PHAT (Matthew Sweeney) made a post yesterday that included vulgar abuse towards another poster and also (with a degree of euphemism but nonetheless using the term) accused that poster of lying. As I have previously noted terms denoting lying are not to be used without very strong evidence. It is typically defamatory to call someone a liar unless you provide absolute proof.

As Matthew is on a zero-tolerance policy because of his numerous past breaches he is now banned for two months. Matthew's suspension will, however, be significantly reduced should he contact me respectfully and agreeing to post clearly within the rules from now on.

If Matthew does not agree to post clearly within the rules then he will be on his final chance should he return to the forum. Any further clearcut breach in the three months after his return would then lead to him being banned permanently unless he could show valid cause for readmission. If, on the other hand, he managed to go three months without breaching the rules, his zero-tolerance policy would be reviewed.

Again, I strongly suggest that those who value Matt's participation on the BB contact him and encourage him to clean up his act.

Kevin Bonham
25-06-2006, 07:26 PM
Victorian Open thread - removed one post containing accusations of cheating. While it is quite evident from what various posters have said that there was something odd going on in a particular game, claims based on hearsay from a nameless witness aren't really strong enough evidence to back public claims of outright cheating.

Kevin Bonham
27-06-2006, 04:59 PM
antichrist has been suspended for three days after making derogatory comments about female posters on the board and also a racist comment about a non-poster. He has also been warned to cut out all sleazy/dodgy/sexual language concerning female posters or players. While this is a relatively short suspension in recognition of his fairly clean moderation record, if there are any more racist or sexist remarks he can expect a very long ban. I felt that the derogatory comment about female posters was too severe to let him off with a warning.

(Another complaint against antichrist about him threadjacking Israel-Palestine stuff onto irrelevant threads didn't contribute to the ban since I believe I only warned him he would be banned if he did this on chess threads. However the irrelevant material has still been deleted.)

Arrogant-One has been suspended for a week after making a false statement about a chess administrator that defamed that person by carrying the implication that he abused his power to obtain free advertising. AO was severely warned after defaming chess administrators early on in his posting career and has also been suspended very recently for a different offence.

Kevin Bonham
28-06-2006, 12:48 AM
Arrogant-One ban doubled for signing up another account and posting while suspended.

Kevin Bonham
03-07-2006, 02:28 PM
Arrogant-One has sent us the following apology to Ian Murray:


Dear Ian Murray,

I am sorry for making the assumption that I did regarding the advertisements in the CAQ newsletter. I should have checked my facts beforehand. Thank you for informing me of my error.

Alex

Arrogant-One has also agreed to be more careful to check his facts when criticising other posters in the future.

As a result his ban has been reduced to the original one week and he will be allowed to post from late tomorrow.

Kevin Bonham
10-07-2006, 01:33 PM
For those wondering about antichrist, he has been booted for a week for effectively reposting material previously deleted by mods. He reposted a comment that was very derogatory towards female posters on the board but with letters starred out. After this it was also noticed that he had posted particularly provocative comments about Israel/Palestine on a chess thread (albeit one about him) in violation of warnings to not post about I/P on chess threads.

The post above re "Use and abuse of the post report function" is to be read as applying to all forms of contact with the mods, including but not limited to email, msn, PM, fax, letter, phone, telepathy and carrier pigeon. :hand:

Kevin Bonham
10-07-2006, 05:11 PM
starter suspended for one day for posting the bulk of an email from ACF Secretary Jey Hoole to Matthew Sweeney on the board apparently without Hoole's written consent. No indication that Hoole had consented was given in the post, and when I asked starter via PM if he had any statement from Hoole authorising its republication he provided no evidence that Hoole had authorised publication on the BB. (The unclassified security clearance present on Hoole's emails as a consequence of work duties unrelated to chess is not sufficient evidence of permission to post material here.)

It appears that starter had the consent of the person who forwarded the email to him to publish it, but as that person was apparently not the author of the text (and starter's post made it clear he was aware of this), that is irrelevant.

The moderation rules concerning the reposting of potentially non-public emails written by others state:


The onus is strongly on the poster of a communication to ensure that its posting is permitted prior to doing so, if necessary by asking a moderator.

Kevin Bonham
13-07-2006, 08:20 PM
There have been a few queries about why bigredcar was banned.

bigredcar was banned by Rincewind for being an unnecessary hydra of an existing user. That user had restarted under a new account name, perhaps to evade responsibility for flames made under the old account, or perhaps so he could pretend to be something he wasn't (namely: 14 years old). bigredcar was offered the choice of merging his accounts under the old name or the new one, or losing his second account. He chose to lose the bigredcar account, but is still permitted to post under his original account name.

Posters who want to rename their acount for any reason should make such requests to an admin rather than starting a new one.

Kevin Bonham
22-07-2006, 04:21 PM
Arrogant-One is banned for four weeks. His recent behaviour has included:

* vulgar abuse
* misleading and defamatory claims about a poster's business situation
* use of the forum to attempt to organise the distribution of confidential emails against the author's wishes - this is close to tantamount to public posting of the same
* comprehensively and very repeatedly failing to live up to his agreement to be more careful to avoid unfactual criticisms of posters.

His ban is three weeks plus one week added on - he obtained a one-week reduction in a previous ban by the agreement in question but because he did not go anywhere near living up to it, he gets that week back.

The thread on which most problems occurred, started by AO, has been moved offline.

Furthermore, AO is placed on a permanent warning that any further material he posts that places the site at legal risk will result in a minimum ban of three months.

Bill Gletsos
24-07-2006, 03:50 PM
Nutter banned for 24hrs for unsolicited spamming of users via PM.

Kevin Bonham
02-08-2006, 05:03 PM
Accounts Nutter and Purple banned. These are anonymous posters who were making abusive posts. In each case they are strongly suspected of being hydras of the currently suspended user Arrogant-One, but since there is not absolute proof of this, I have not extended AO's current ban.

Owing to the difficulty of proving hydras where posters are posting from certain environments, I reserve the right to ban any poster to whom all of the following apply:

* Poster is anonymous.
* Poster engages in criticism of other posters.
* Posts by poster justify suspicion that they are a hydra of a banned user.
* IP address info is consistent with them being a hydra of a banned user.

Furthermore, someone has attempted to hack the account of a Chesschat poster. IP info is logged in these cases and we have our suspicions as to the culprit. Should there be further such incidents and should IP info place the culprit's identity beyond doubt, the person responsible will be banned permanently.

Rincewind
12-08-2006, 09:20 AM
Howard Duggan banned for 1 day (first offense) for choosing an inapproriate image as an avatar.

Kevin Bonham
17-08-2006, 09:18 PM
Owing to the difficulty of proving hydras where posters are posting from certain environments, I reserve the right to ban any poster to whom all of the following apply:

* Poster is anonymous.
* Poster engages in criticism of other posters.
* Posts by poster justify suspicion that they are a hydra of a banned user.
* IP address info is consistent with them being a hydra of a banned user.

"William Tell" banned under this policy.

Kevin Bonham
21-08-2006, 11:30 AM
Arrogant-One has asked why his ban did not expire yesterday, four weeks after it was imposed. The board has autoban options including three weeks or one month so I auto-banned him for a month. I originally intended to lift this ban manually when his four weeks expired, but decided not to on account of him posting while banned (he signed up an account and made a post immediately after being banned.)

In only extending his ban by three days when normally posting while banned leads to a ban being doubled at least, I took into account that it was probably just a rash impetuous act immediately after being banned, and that if he persisted beyond that we have no firm proof of it (although we do have our suspicions ... :D )

Kevin Bonham
24-08-2006, 04:51 PM
I deleted Arrogant-One's thread "Howard Duggan Ducks For Cover". It repeated claims that had previously been a subject of moderation. While AO's purpose in repeating the claims was to attack them, the person AO was defending preferred not to have the matter raised again.

Bill Gletsos
25-08-2006, 07:09 PM
Posts attempting to circumvent the auto censoring of words is not permitted and will be deleted.

Kevin Bonham
25-08-2006, 08:41 PM
User PHAT (Matthew Sweeney) having again crudely abused at least one other poster while on a zero-tolerance policy for breaches of the board rules, has now been banned permanently from this board. Should he wish to be readmitted he must agree to abide by all site rules in future, and even if he does so he will serve a substantial suspension for the current offence before being allowed back on.

Kevin Bonham
29-08-2006, 08:01 PM
I've deleted some posts in which a poster called another poster a liar.

I initially misunderstood the situation and have now also deleted the post that led to the accusations - see here (http://chesschat.org/showpost.php?p=119166&postcount=723) for full gory details. My apologies for the mistake.

Please do not call other posters liars unless all logically possible explanations for their behaviour other than knowingly making a false statement have been exhausted.

Kevin Bonham
13-09-2006, 12:40 PM
antichrist suspended for two days for posting Israel/Palestine rubbish on a thread not in the non-chess section (the [AO] to Appeal thread).

Kevin Bonham
15-09-2006, 01:35 PM
"Blood on Hands" thread has been moved offline. The thread-starter has requested deletion of the thread or his posts on it as he believes he went a bit overboard at times in the heat of the situation.

I've moved it offline until we've made a firm decision on its future. A lot of material on it was legally borderline anyway so it's likely it will stay there.

Rincewind
17-09-2006, 04:40 PM
antichrist banned for 4 days for again posting the usual material in a chess thread and by starting a specious thread in the chess area. The posts have been deleted and the thread moved to Non-chess.

Rincewind
24-09-2006, 10:30 AM
Cat banned for 7 days for duplicating a post a number of times after a specific warning that doing so would result in a ban. The duplicates as well as some off-topic posts in the old and new thread have been deleted. Discussion on the decision in the feedback thread remains.

Kevin Bonham
29-09-2006, 12:39 PM
firegoat7 suspended for one week for wishing another poster dead.

Kevin Bonham
29-09-2006, 10:25 PM
firegoat7 suspended for one week for wishing another poster dead.

There has been a fair amount of negative feedback on this (and a fair amount of positive feedback as well). While most of the negative feedback has come from posters whose opinions on moderation are generally not taken seriously by the mods, a small number of respected posters have also disagreed.

I accept that the term used is capable of multiple interpretations, some of them innocent, but comments that can reasonably be interpreted as wishing harm to others should be avoided, whatever the intent. As there have been a few previous incidents of ambiguity about this rule, the rule has now been clarified.

My own thoughts have been that while firegoat7 has deserved banning for quite a while now, probably I threw him off too long for this particular offence in this case.

Accordingly I have reduced firegoat's ban and he will be able to post as of around 10pm Sunday.

Kevin Bonham
29-09-2006, 10:27 PM
In other news, following a number of complaints about the nature of insults being used by various parties on both sides of various threads, the following new rule has been created:

* Irrelevant insults about personal attributes are not permitted. For instance, irrelevant insults related to age, appearance, weight, gender, sexuality, personal life or lifestyle will generally not be tolerated.

Kevin Bonham
05-10-2006, 10:08 PM
User harry banned for pretending to be a junior when not. This is taken very seriously by the mods and admins because of the potential for child protection issues to arise when adults pretend to be juniors. Following a situation in which a poster known to be an adult used a fake-junior hydra some time back we decided this would henceforth result in an automatic ban.

On the board harry claimed:
* to be a junior
* to be currently at school
* to be in Victoria

I PMd harry, my reason for doing so being suspicion that the account might be a hydra of a banned user (whether it is or not is still not clear). Without mentioning that suspicion, I asked him why if he was in Victoria all his posts were coming from an ISP based in another state. His (generally nonsensical) response stated that he was not a junior, was not currently at school and was not in Victoria. Furthermore he refused to give his real name.

Kevin Bonham
09-10-2006, 02:47 PM
Minor edit of opening post to incorporate issues with suspected hydras of banned posters and impersonation of juniors discussed above.

There has been rather a lot of off-topic posting, mostly chatty banter, by several posters within chess threads lately. Numerous posts have been deleted. Please try to cut down on off-topic material, or start new threads in the non-chess section if you wish to discuss something at a tangent to the original thread.

Kevin Bonham
12-10-2006, 09:02 PM
I will be offline Friday from end of game 12, back on late Monday night or Tuesday.

Update on post of 5/10: Matthew Sweeney, who was strongly suspected of being "harry" at the time "harry" was banned, has now confessed to having been "harry".

Kevin Bonham
17-10-2006, 12:55 AM
We reserve the right to ban anonymous accounts that are suspected of being operated by banned users

Account en passant banned under this rule.

Kevin Bonham
19-10-2006, 10:22 PM
Arrogant-One has lost private message rights for at least a month for PMing a user who had previously asked him not to PM that user, to which AO had responded with sarcastic disregard for that wish.

Kevin Bonham
20-10-2006, 12:50 AM
LONGINES banned - hydra of banned user.

Bill Gletsos
20-10-2006, 03:28 PM
Arrogant-One banned for a month for falsely calling another poster a liar.

He has yet again failed to live up to his agreement to be more careful with regards unfactual criticisms of posters.

Bill Gletsos
20-10-2006, 10:58 PM
PhilD707 banned for a month for defamamatory comments about another poster.

If he makes an unequivocal statement that he will undertake to cease making defamatory claims in future then the ban will be reduced to 2 weeks.

Kevin Bonham
28-10-2006, 12:16 AM
BEN DOVER banned for silly off-topic posts and inappropriate username. Apparent hydra account BJfan can stay for now.

Kevin Bonham
29-10-2006, 04:07 PM
justsay2bb banned - nature of post and IP evidence (post masquerading as being from WA was from NSW) suggests this is a hydra of a banned user, and the post verged on being an ad for the output of a banned user as well. Thread deleted but if any genuine member wishes to start a thread about the CAWA situation, feel free to do so.

If doing so please note that it is not permitted to quote anything written by Matthew Sweeney, although it is OK to quote another source quoted by him provided that source is not a poster who is banned from this board.

Kevin Bonham
29-10-2006, 04:31 PM
"honesty and chess experts" - thread concerning alleged actions by an overseas IM on a forum he owned, has been moved offline for review as potentially defamatory. A basis for the opinions expressed was present in the post but not in enough detail to verify that the claims of fact were true.

(Shame as I wanted to give the same IM a serve for something else! :eek: )

Kevin Bonham
12-11-2006, 06:09 PM
Users ops and moron banned - hydras of each other and suspected hydras of a banned user.

Bill Gletsos
30-11-2006, 05:48 PM
Arrogant-One banned for a month for making a declaration to the mods to have his June 2006/July 2006 ban lifted that he has since admitted was insincere.

Kevin Bonham
09-12-2006, 04:22 PM
Blue Elephant banned. Hydra of banned user.

Arrogant-One's existing ban of a month has been extended by about six weeks for posting while banned. His ban now expires two months from today.

Kevin Bonham
24-12-2006, 01:37 AM
A thread was started concerning the NSWCA's recent decision to place conditions upon any application for membership made by Matthew Sweeney. Unfortunately the opening post of the thread breached the site rules by quoting a letter without the permission of its author, and possibly in other ways connected with posting on behalf of or linking to a banned member. A complaint has been received concerning the quoting of the letter. The post has been deleted and the remaining posts moved, and the thread retitled to avoid giving an impression that the second poster agrees with the first poster's title.

If the original thread-starter would like to propose a different wording of his original post that does not break the site rules then I would be happy to edit that into his original post and restore it at the head of the thread, and also restore the original title.

Kevin Bonham
30-12-2006, 06:42 PM
Arrogant-One banned permanently at request of site owner. His case was referred to the site owner after he again breached the site rules by rehashing allegations he had previously been banned over, thus breaching his agreement with STML to behave himself upon return.

Kevin Bonham
07-01-2007, 03:37 AM
I deleted some posts which quoted and discussed shouts by the now-banned poster "Wonder-Boy".

The nature of the shouts and the IP address indicates that this is yet another hydra of the permanently banned user Arrogant-One.

This user has frequently signed up new accounts to circumvent his bans.

Please do not quote mysterious new users who get involved in CAQ issues as they are most likely further hydras of this banned user.

Kevin Bonham
08-01-2007, 11:40 PM
New addition to site rules:

* The shoutbox often provides the first impression new users receive of the Chess Chat community. Posters should therefore be respectful of other conversations and avoid even low level vulgarity. Excessive trolling may result in loss of shouting rights.

Bill Gletsos
09-01-2007, 06:42 PM
Alex-One banned. Hydra of banned user.

Kevin Bonham
10-01-2007, 06:35 PM
The following posters are known or suspected Arrogant-One hydras I have banned (I will just edit this post each time I ban one):

Mr Tiger
Blue-Bird
Joe Smith
Chess Unity
Cobra-Commander
Road-Runner
StinkyFeet
(various others with names relating to some old piece of PhilD drivel)
bumblebee
Shane Evans
Ross Childress
John Morris
Miskins
peanutbutter
LotsLove
Avram
TonyM
Raiders-Rule
ConcernedPlayer
Vixenishka
Fat Kathy
Poker-News
Chess-Bomber
Wendy
Rupert
Hawaii Chess
White Smoke
Ancient Pillar
Free-Axiom (account deleted)
Long Live Axiom (account deleted)
Tasmania (account deleted)
Parker
Monaco
sacback
Tom Baker
Bonneville

Bill Gletsos
11-01-2007, 01:25 PM
The following users are Arrogant-One hydras and have been banned:

Manny Ordonez
Bad-Doggie
Hydra

Kevin Bonham
13-01-2007, 05:43 PM
Added to site rules:

* When quoting posts made on this board, please attribute them to the username of the poster who posted them, rather than the poster's real name (where different) or any other "name". The real names of posters who post under an alias may, however, be mentioned sparingly where known.

Kevin Bonham
18-01-2007, 09:18 PM
firegoat7 suspended for one day for quoting a banned user.

Kevin Bonham
26-01-2007, 11:15 AM
antichrist suspended for a week. This is not for any one particular post but because within the last few weeks he has had to be modded literally dozens of times and is creating an unreasonable workload for the moderators and admins. The main problems have been:

* persistent off-topic threadjacking and trolling, especially promoting his own threads on threads irrelevant to them

* dodgy and offensive comments connected with sexuality, ethnicity, gender etc

Kevin Bonham
08-02-2007, 05:27 PM
antichrist suspended for another three weeks for blatant thread hijacking and trolling to start fights on the club cross-promotion thread. This followed similarly poor behaviour in the shoutbox on Tuesday night, in violation of his agreement to avoid trolling in the shoutbox.

The Tuesday night shoutbox was a disgrace in general and reflected poorly on several posters and this site, with several posters bitching about and in some cases defaming various individuals, most of whom don't post here. Shoutbox group bitching sessions of this type won't be tolerated. If there is a repeat of this situation then all posters who have broken the site rules during such a group bitching session will be excluded from the shoutbox or suspended. Take it to MSN or somewhere else where we don't have to see it, thanks.

Kevin Bonham
16-02-2007, 08:23 PM
Update to rules to add request to keep discussion on topic and ban on threadjacking. These simply reflect very well established moderation practice on this site which we had not previously bothered to include in the rules.

Kevin Bonham
20-03-2007, 12:32 AM
Axiom suspended from shoutbox for about a week for continuing to post shouts relating to conspiracy theory after being instructed by a moderator to desist from doing so.

Bill Gletsos
21-03-2007, 11:05 PM
PhilD707 banned for 2 months for making defamatory statements about a poster.
The length of the ban is based on the fact that this latest outburst is just over 7 days after he defamed another poster (which the mods noted but did not acttion immediately) and that his a reapeat offender having previously been banned for a month just over 5 months ago for defaming a poster.

Kevin Bonham
22-03-2007, 12:17 AM
Also a thread has been deleted from Arbiters Corner as it was strongly suspected of breaching the tournament conditions for the Burnie Shines Weekender. As the poster is not an officebearer of the BCC, it will be reinstated if a statement that its publication was authorised by the BCC is received from a current officebearer.

Bill Gletsos
22-03-2007, 06:23 PM
Update to rules noting that the failure of a poster to follow a directive of an admin or moderator may result in immediate action being taken against the poster.

Bill Gletsos
23-03-2007, 07:30 PM
Firegoat7 banned for a week for trolling in the shoutbox after being warnned not to do so and to keep it in the thread he had created.

Kevin Bonham
26-03-2007, 11:48 PM
All puzzle texts, solutions and game notes by the plagiarist andytoh on the strategic puzzle thread have been edited out for copyright reasons. A copy has been retained by the moderators to assist in checking for further plagiarism in the remaining material. Any enquiries about this material including from members of other forums are welcome.

Kevin Bonham
01-04-2007, 03:37 AM
Several posts deleted as a partial fulfillment of a request from firegoat7 - these concerned apparently incorrect suspicions that Axiom was a particular person, which in turn may have led to off-board consequences. If any other posters involved in the situation would like specific posts deleted please advise.

Kevin Bonham
01-04-2007, 03:47 PM
Two very minor clarifications have been made following the above episode. The impersonation rule also applies to PMs and it has been clarified (as had been previously ruled) that PMs from here cannot be quoted elsewhere without permission.

Bill Gletsos
17-04-2007, 02:47 AM
Axiom banned for 7 days for ignoring a moderation warning.

Kevin Bonham
04-06-2007, 10:52 PM
OK, we've had a gutful of a very small number of posters continually pretending they can be members here, badmouth the site elsewhere and not even front up properly to debate their assertions here, so ...

Members who persistently give the site unwarranted bad publicity on other sites by making demonstrably false or misleading claims about it or its administration/moderation, and by generally failing to correct these claims when advised why they are false, may be suspended.

Kevin Bonham
16-06-2007, 10:54 PM
Minor edit to spam rule to reinstate explicit provisions against email/PM spamming, reinstated due to clear and present danger. :P

Bill Gletsos
10-07-2007, 11:29 PM
It has been noted by the moderators that ursogr8 broke the site rules by posting some of the contents of a PM elsewhere without the author's permission.
The application of a 2 week ban has been suspended, however it will be immediately added to any ban applied for any future occurence of the same or a related site rule violation

Bill Gletsos
14-08-2007, 12:10 PM
Axiom banned for a week for continually referring to a comment by another poster as a lie, after having it explained why he cannot do so and being repeatedly warned not to do so.

Kevin Bonham
14-08-2007, 09:09 PM
Minor rule update - it is now not permitted for suspended users to start new accounts or use other accounts (even for non-posting purposes) while suspended. We were already banning hydras signed up by banned users anyway.

Bill Gletsos
14-08-2007, 10:52 PM
Axiom's ban extended by a week for signing up a hydra after being warned not to do so.

Kevin Bonham
15-08-2007, 11:18 PM
arrow banned. Hydra of suspended user. Axiom let off for arrow, as I really would prefer that he not get sucked into the ever-increasing-ban spiral best reserved for serious nutcases and trolls, but warned that any further hydras proven to be him during his suspension will result in an increase of existing ban.

Kevin Bonham
18-08-2007, 02:50 PM
TestHydra created and banned to test abilities of banned users.

Kevin Bonham
18-08-2007, 05:09 PM
Axiom let off for arrow, as I really would prefer that he not get sucked into the ever-increasing-ban spiral best reserved for serious nutcases and trolls, but warned that any further hydras proven to be him during his suspension will result in an increase of existing ban.

*sigh*. I tried (and have also tried email) but it was futile: Rain banned (hydra of banned user) and Axiom ban extended by a week.

Kevin Bonham
22-08-2007, 08:49 PM
We are banning numerous hydras of a banned user but I am trying to avoid increasing Axiom's ban if possible, though it would be nice if he would stop creating work for us and just read as guest.

Kevin Bonham
05-09-2007, 07:53 PM
A thread has been moved to the Coffee Lounge.

The thread has been moved because it discussed whether the use of a word on this forum was appropriate, but the word discussed has actually only been used in the Coffee Lounge where looser standards apply.

Quoting from the Coffee Lounge to the main board is not permitted, and even though it was only one word I thought that moving discussion of a term used in the Coffee Lounge to the Coffee Lounge was the best option (with apologies to those with <200 posts who may have been deprived of entertainment).

Bill Gletsos
11-09-2007, 11:05 PM
firegoat7 banned for 24 hours for blatant swearing in the shoutbox.

Kevin Bonham
22-09-2007, 10:26 PM
I've moved a thread offline for now as it involved personally sensitive matters regarding a chess personality. If anyone personally involved in the matter needs further information about this moderation they are welcome to contact me privately.

Kevin Bonham
27-09-2007, 09:38 PM
ursogr8 suspended for three weeks for persistently quoting PMs elsewhere without permission. Ban includes a suspended two-week ban for previous such offences (see #119). The fact that the person quoted was not explicitly named in this case is irrelevant.

Bill Gletsos
21-10-2007, 11:21 AM
Axiom banned from the shoutbox for a week for discussing subjects he had previously been warned to keep in his threads and out of the shoutbox.

Kevin Bonham
21-10-2007, 10:07 PM
ursogr8 suspended from the Coffee Lounge for quoting from the Coffee Lounge without permission. While it was only two words (being the title of a thread) he was clearly aware that he may be in breach of site rules in so doing, and has only just recovered access to the site after a suspension so doesn't seem to have learnt too much from it.

Kevin Bonham
24-10-2007, 08:29 AM
I (entirely voluntarily and under no pressure from any other mod or admin, and anyone who asserts otherwise is a liar and a goose) removed my naughty edit from Phil's sigfile. :)

Bill Gletsos
25-10-2007, 08:19 PM
The following rules have been added.


The moderators/admins reserve the right to delete any sig files they deem to be inflamatory or controversial. This includes but is not limited to criticism of other members, this site or moderation/administration.

Sig files that are excessively long, garish or otherwise detract from the primary purpose of the site, will lead to the member being requested to 'tone it down'. Failure to comply with such requests may also result in the sigfile being deleted.

If a member sends another member any PM that that member has indicated is not wanted, then the offending member may have their PM rights revoked or other action taken.

Bill Gletsos
02-11-2007, 08:47 PM
As Kevin noted a few months back we'd had a gutful of a small number of posters here that continually badmouthed this site elsewhere.

Since then they have mostly increased their activity.

Therefore the existing rule on the matter has been replaced with the following rule.

The moderators/admins reserve the right to take any action they deem appropriate against members who make demonstrably false or misleading claims about this site or its administration/moderation on other sites. We recommend that members having issues with administration/moderation pursue those issues on this site.

Bill Gletsos
02-11-2007, 08:55 PM
Phild707 banned for posting another posters comments in the Coffee Lounge elsewhere.

Given he has stated he wont be back and has done everything in his power to be permanently banned, his wish has been granted.

Bill Gletsos
04-11-2007, 08:50 PM
Axiom banned from the shoutbox for two weeks for discussing subjects he had previously been warned to keep in his threads and out of the shoutbox.

Kevin Bonham
06-11-2007, 04:25 PM
User goat (not to be confused with firegoat7 or stupid goat) banned.

goat posted a ten-word abusive post about the site in general containing swearing. IP evidence showed that goat was a hydra, and the thread to which goat's post was posted supported this.

I shall refrain from exposing the owner of goat for now but they are on notice that further such behaviour using hydras is likely to result in suspension of their other account(s).

Bill Gletsos
09-11-2007, 09:38 PM
firegoat7 banned from the shoutbox for a month for trolling

Kevin Bonham
01-01-2008, 09:41 PM
ursogr8's access to the Coffee Lounge has been restored for the time being as a New Year's present. :D

If the moderators consider ursogr8 to have breached any site rules relating to confidentiality of information in the future in even the slightest degree, he will be banned from the Coffee Lounge for good.

Kevin Bonham
06-01-2008, 12:04 AM
Wheredidhego is gone. :eek:

This user was using proxy servers, and given the likely trolling nature of most of their posts (among other reasons) we strongly suspect the account was set up by a banned user.

Kevin Bonham
13-01-2008, 01:43 PM
Watto's account suspended at her request. Nothing controversial involved.

Kevin Bonham
18-01-2008, 03:30 PM
There has been some whinging, including elsewhere, about the deletion of a tournament advertisement by Michael Baron from this thread: http://chesschat.org/showthread.php?t=7473

The tournament Michael was advertising is an online ICC blitz tournament. He posted an ad for it in a thread devoted to a proposed freestyle correspondence tournament on this site (ie slow games played with the aid of a computer). His post was therefore extremely off-topic. Furthermore the tournament concerned had already been advertised by Michael here, so there was no need to advertise it again. Therefore I deleted it.

The proper place for advertising upcoming tournaments is the Tournament News section, as noted in the moderation rules.

Posts that are off-topic may be deleted, ditto.

Kevin Bonham
28-01-2008, 11:07 PM
Axiom banned for 7 days for ignoring a moderation warning.

and again. :rolleyes:

Bill Gletsos
28-01-2008, 11:18 PM
Artrayan banned as a hyrda of Axiom.

If he does this again his ban will be extended.

Bill Gletsos
29-01-2008, 11:41 PM
Axiom ban is 2 weeks as of now due to his use of yet another hydra whilst banned.

Kevin Bonham
05-02-2008, 08:00 PM
I banned the account MoneyMagic as the account's one and only post was a heckling post on a non-chess thread suggesting familiarity with the forum and its posterbase despite only just signing up, and the fact that they were posting from a known open proxy and with a flippant email address strongly suggested they were a banned user posting using a hydra account.

Kevin Bonham
17-02-2008, 05:24 PM
As a result of agreement with a deal offered to him some time ago, Axiom's "*******s" thread in the Coffee Lounge has been reopened and several other Axiom threads merged with it.

Kevin Bonham
19-02-2008, 10:14 PM
As a result of agreement with a deal offered to him some time ago, Axiom's "*******s" thread in the Coffee Lounge has been reopened and several other Axiom threads merged with it.

Actually it was meant to be the Information War thread from the non-chess section that was merged into, so I have fixed the merge up (hopefully correctly).

Applications for any other Axiom threads to be merged into this one will be considered, although a thread will not automatically be merged just because it is an Axiom thread.

Kevin Bonham
22-03-2008, 05:58 PM
Some posters are reminded that the "no illegal material" on this site includes material that breaches copyright, and also that many posters find the posting of long cut-and-pasted articles irritating and boring, especially if they are at a tangent to the main subject of the thread.

Posters are therefore requested not to lift copyrighted material in full from other sources. Quoting a reasonable portion of an article for comment purposes is OK. Material cut and pasted from other sites will be assumed copyright unless the mods have reason to believe otherwise.

The moderators reserve the right to delete, in full and without notice, any cut-and-paste jobs that are suspected of breaching copyright. Very long cut and pastes may also be deleted even if they do not breach copyright.

Bill Gletsos
06-04-2008, 12:50 PM
Poker_Updates banned as it is a hydra of a banned user.

Kevin Bonham
10-04-2008, 12:29 AM
I posted here earlier that we had banned an account believed to be a hydra (unrelated to Arrogant-One).

It has come to my attention that the account owner has disabled the option for receiving email notice of PMs, so I am going to try emailing him instead. The account is unsuspended while this occurs.

Kevin Bonham
16-04-2008, 12:49 PM
OK, that user has had more than enough chances to answer my emails and PMs and has done neither despite the account having been online.

Account "Adam" banned permanently as an unnecessary hydra using false personal information to create false impressions concerning the identity of the person operating the account.

That user may continue to use an existing account but any new ones that involve false information will be banned immediately and may lead to a more general sanction.

Kevin Bonham
25-04-2008, 09:32 PM
Axiom suspended from shoutbox for 24 hrs for linking to and discussing a site he has been told not to refer to in the shoutbox.

Rincewind
09-05-2008, 08:00 PM
New "user" JohnzSmith banned from the shoutbox for 7 days for spamming the shoutbox with *******s links.

Bill Gletsos
09-05-2008, 09:25 PM
User JohnzSmith now permanently banned.

Bill Gletsos
08-06-2008, 06:37 PM
Axiom has lost shoutbox access for 24 hours for abuse in the shoutbox.

Kevin Bonham
17-06-2008, 02:23 PM
Spoilers for non-chess sporting and other contest events

A few weeks back there was some minor kerfuffle about postings of spoilers regarding current contest events (Eurovision in that case), where the result may be known but some posters may not have yet seen the telecast. This usually happens when there is a delayed telecast, or sometimes when an event is held late at night and posters may have taped it to watch during daytime hours.

We recommend that posters observe the following:

* On no account should the result of a non-chess contest in the last 24 hours be revealed in a thread title.

* If discussing the result of a non-chess contest in the last 24 hours in a thread not dedicated to that purpose, please use white text (tag: {color=white}text here {/color} but with [] instead of {}) or the heading SPOILER followed by a large gap before your comments.

* If discussing the result of a non-chess contest in the last 24 hours in a thread dedicated to that purpose (eg a cricket or soccer match on the cricket or soccer threads) use best judgement. If the event is being broadcast live and free-to-air (or live and cable-only without free-to-air coverage) then posting about it as it happens is acceptable, but if the only free-to-air broadcasts are delayed then please use white text or SPOILER headings as above until after the event has been screened.

* Discussion of current sporting events in the Shoutbox as they happen is fine. Those wishing to avoid finding out results in the Shoutbox can do so by bookmarking a specific thread rather than the front page, and then reading the forum using "New Posts", for instance. [Alternatively, it is possible to close the shoutbox window.]

(We won't suspend people who break these guidelines, unless they do it deliberately to troll, but don't expect us to protect them from flames!)

Kevin Bonham
24-06-2008, 12:46 AM
For some time this site has a rule against quoting posters who are banned from here, the current version of which goes like this:


* While a poster is banned from chesschat it is not permitted to post on their behalf in any way, to post any previously unreleased material that poster has written, or to quote or link to anything by that poster first published or released somewhere else within the current ban period. The onus is on anyone quoting a banned poster to show that reposted material was published before that poster was banned.

At one stage this rule was necessary to stop banned posters from getting friendly carrier pigeons to repost their nonsense here (thus enabling them to continue to troll this board from beyond the grave, so to speak) and also there was a lot of complaint about cross-board dragging at the time.

Now, firstly those likely to act as sycophants for banned posters are generally inactive; secondly some of those who complained about the practice are no longer active, and thirdly the level of expressed concern about the practice (and similar practices) seems to be much less. As such, the rule as it stands is simply an obstacle to debate, and as AR pointed out, has the perverse result that people have to actually go and read the other forum to see what is being commented on. When AR made that comment I asked if anyone saw any reason why the rule should not be reviewed; no one said anything.

We are therefore trialling the following as an attempt to relax the rule in question.


* While a poster is banned from chesschat it is not permitted to post on their behalf in any way, or to post links to anything they have written while banned. Quoting of banned posters is permitted only if (i) the material quoted was written before the poster's current ban commenced (onus is on the quoter to demonstrate this) or (ii) the quoting is clearly for the purposes of critical discussion (not necessarily negative) rather than deliberately helping the banned poster to circumvent their ban by having their comments appear here.

Any post consisting largely of quoting of material by one or more banned posters with little or no original comment added will breach this rule, as will any post that quotes a banned user without discussing the comments quoted in relation to points being discussed on the thread. In any case all material quoted must be clearly within the site rules. If in doubt about this rule, please check your intended post with a moderator before posting it.

It is still very probably the preference of many posters that cross-board discussions be kept to a relatively low level rather than taking the form of endless flamewars.

Bill Gletsos
01-07-2008, 01:14 AM
Axiom banned for 24 hours from the shoutbox for claiming the *** is a fact.
He has been previously warned to refrain from mentioning it until he provides the mods with proof of his claims.
To date no such proof has been provided.

Bill Gletsos
05-07-2008, 08:42 PM
Axiom banned for a week after admitting he has deliberately disobeyed moderation directions.

Bill Gletsos
06-07-2008, 07:04 PM
Axiom's ban reset to a week as of now for using a hydra whilst banned.

Kevin Bonham
16-07-2008, 09:25 PM
I removed a silly thread concerning "sex scandals" as if even I managed to work out who it is supposedly about (and no, I won't be saying, don't ask) it's quite likely others will too.

No further discussion of the claimed "scandal" is to occur without permission of a moderator (which I won't be granting without both firm proof of the incident and demonstration of public interest). It is very likely that a ban will be applied if trolling on this matter, or even envelope-pushing concerning it, continues.

Kevin Bonham
18-07-2008, 07:40 PM
Former posters firegoat7 and ursogr8 are suspended from this site indefinitely.

Although both have recently broken siten rules in their postings about this site elsewhere (in firegoat7's case, repeatedly and brazenly) the suspensions are primarily on account of their performance, and/or lack thereof, as site staff on permanently banned ex-member Arrogant-One's (Alex's) forum.

As will be known to many CC members, since its foundation, AO's forum has been the base for a series of attacks on our site and its posters, including constant defamation and unfactual baiting of various active chesschat members, spamming (including bulk post-bombing) of our site, and a domain name redirection attack using a URL invalidly registered by AO (spamming attacks for which have been conclusively linked to him). ISPs matching AO's have also been involved in hack-attempts on our members' logins, and the joint attack on Chesschat and Ford Forums is strongly suspected based on its style of also being AO's work.

In most cases where complaints have been made about defamation of our members over there nothing has happened, but until recently it has at least been possible for those who wish to challenge such behaviour in its place of origin to do so more or less unhindered (with just a bit of silly stuff such as undeclared back-editing of posts to distort debate).

However in the last week it has been clear that any such pretence at a level playing field there has been abandoned, with some chesschat posters subject to a series of suspensions, restrictions and deletions on account of behaviours that are business as normal for leading members of AO's forum (such as having hydras, allegedly being "uncivil" and alleged "flaming", the irony of the last two charges being that the material used as an excuse for the bans was at worst no worse, and often significantly milder, than the unsanctioned material it replied to.) These sanctions have been imposed in most cases by firegoat7 (David Beaumont) late at night, but in some by Alex himself.

We realise that some of our posters enjoy posting on Alex's forum, or wish to promote their events there, or feel compelled to post there to address some of the nonsense there, and we certainly do not seek to restrict or criticise any of these things. Indeed most site staff here have posted there at some stage. However given the persistent attacks on our site and its posters coming from that site's owner and some staff, combined with the failure of that site to provide a level playing field for debate of the (double) standards and behaviour there, or any real level of control of defamation, we draw the line with those who are willing to voluntarily serve in staff positions on that site (whether that position is owner, admin, mod or mysterious legal fiction with admin powers.)

In the absence of further rule violations by either, the suspensions will be lifted if all defamatory material about active chesschat posters is removed from AO's site to our satisfaction, and we invite AO's staff to contact us respectfully by email if guidance as to what material is to be removed is required.

We will also (again, barring future violations) unban either firegoat7 or ursogr8 if they clearly resign from or are sacked as staff on AO's site or if they become so inactive on the site that it is safe to assume that they have left it. We have not suspended the chesschat member who is formally a mod there under the handle Gendo Ikari as his account there is currently inactive.

Kevin Bonham
05-08-2008, 11:20 PM
Concerning both the above:

ursogr8 has given various assurances concerning his present and future role on the site which indicate that although he holds various mod/admin titles and powers over there:

* he isn't and won't be moderating
* he hasn't been using his abilities to assist Alex (Arrogant-One) run the site

On this basis, although he is classified as staff there (and accepted his titles and powers willingly, albeit without any explicit agreement), we are giving him the benefit of the doubt concerning whether he is actually performing any staff role, and he is therefore unbanned.

He is, however, on a stringent final warning regarding Coffee Lounge confidentiality and inaccurate/groundless public comments about the moderation and administration of this site.

firegoat7 continues to act in the manner described in my previous post, only more so. He is now required to comply with the conditions for unbanning him above within one month or else his ban will be upgraded to permanent and the offer to unban him if he meets our conditions later will not necessarily apply. (And no, temporary cessation of mod duties as part of a rotation does not qualify.)

Kevin Bonham
26-08-2008, 02:42 PM
* While a poster is banned from chesschat it is not permitted to post on their behalf in any way, or to post links to anything they have written while banned. Quoting of banned posters is permitted only if (i) the material quoted was written before the poster's current ban commenced (onus is on the quoter to demonstrate this) or (ii) the quoting is clearly for the purposes of critical discussion (not necessarily negative) rather than deliberately helping the banned poster to circumvent their ban by having their comments appear here.

Any post consisting largely of quoting of material by one or more banned posters with little or no original comment added will breach this rule, as will any post that quotes a banned user without discussing the comments quoted in relation to points being discussed on the thread. In any case all material quoted must be clearly within the site rules. If in doubt about this rule, please check your intended post with a moderator before posting it.

Relevant sections highlighted in bold. Today a post was made that quoted banned user firegoat7. The quoting was not clearly for the purposes of critical discussion and indeed contained no discussion of firegoat's quoted comment in relation to the thread. It essentially just said that firegoat had said a particular thing in relation to this thread.

Accordingly the post was deleted, and was deleted again when it was reposted.

Kevin Bonham
15-09-2008, 06:13 PM
After some thought I have now upheld Mangafranga's request to remove all of the recent Bertrand Russell discussion into Axiom's thread, on the grounds that Axiom's mention of Russell was originally made in the context of Russell's relevance or otherwise to conspiracy-theory type claims.

Bill Gletsos
20-09-2008, 10:20 PM
Axiom has been previously warned about making virtual monologues in the shoutbox, along with numerous other shoutbox offences in recent weeks.

Axiom is therefore banned from the shoutbox for two weeks.

Bill Gletsos
22-09-2008, 09:58 PM
Axiom banned for a month for disobeying a moderation direction and for making false claims about this sites administration/moderation on another site.

Rincewind
01-10-2008, 09:27 PM
All users please note

I plan to place the email domain @gmail.com onto the banned domains list. The reason is the number of spammer who are now using that as their registration email address.

Bona fide users who are registered with chesschat using @gmail.com email address are advised to change their email address to an unbanned domain in the next 7 days.

Rincewind
08-10-2008, 08:39 AM
As per above new accounts are no longer permitted for @gmail.com email addresses.

At present, existing users with @gmail.com email addresses still maintain all their current access. If we need to change this in the future you will be advised in advance.

Please contact me if there are any issues.

Kevin Bonham
11-10-2008, 12:18 AM
I expect to be entirely offline from Monday morning for 7-8 days. Please address all moderation enquiries to someone else during that time.

Bill Gletsos
24-10-2008, 12:33 AM
Axiom is banned for 1 week and also banned for 2 months from the shoutbox for disobeying a directive from a moderator.

As a continual repeat offender Axiom is now on a zero tolerance policy.

Bill Gletsos
07-11-2008, 07:10 PM
Antichrist banned for 2 weeks for deliberate trolling.

Kevin Bonham
07-11-2008, 07:36 PM
We are clarifying requirements concerning posting of copied and pasted articles or sections of articles. This mainly affects those posting in the non-chess section but all posters who may engage in this practice please read http://www.chesschat.org/showthread.php?t=8974.

Note that quoting of chess news is not affected as there is an exemption in copyright law for the reporting of news. However the rule does apply to posting chess analysis written with the expectation of profit.

Bill Gletsos
09-11-2008, 06:17 PM
Axiom banned for 2 months for creating and using a hydra to evade a full site ban.

When this current full site ban expires, the current 2 month shoutbox ban will be re-instated

Kevin Bonham
20-11-2008, 11:04 PM
* Attempts at circumventing the board's auto-censoring of words feature are not permitted.

Some may have noticed that the surname of the owner of a small and not very successful rival chess forum currently appears as starred out.

The name in question was added to the banned words list by the owner of this site during or as a result of his current negotiations with the owner of that site. Two threads were also removed.

As the purpose of the addition of the name to the banned words list was connected with searchability, the above rule does not apply to the name of the individual in question at this time.

Kevin Bonham
23-11-2008, 10:00 PM
Two threads were also removed.

There has been a foolish allegation by some hydra called "Carrier Pigeon" elsewhere that this was because the threads were incorrectly moderated.

This accusation is completely incorrect and none of us have been chastised in any way by the owner of this site. As I understand it the removal of the threads was aimed at (i) securing the removal of a certain kind of attack occurring over there and (ii) mercy towards someone over there who has now discovered that folly has its consequences.

Kevin Bonham
25-11-2008, 12:24 AM
ursogr8 suspended for a month for yet again making false comments about moderation of this site elsewhere (specifically he alleged that he and firegoat7 were banned from here just because they post on another forum, which is nonsense as several people who post on that other forum are not banned from here.)

ursogr8 should consider himself lucky to only be suspended for one month as he was warned he was at risk of a permanent ban if he continued making false statements about this site's moderation elsewhere.

Kevin Bonham
14-12-2008, 11:44 PM
User Xoote banned for having a sigfile with links to porn sites. This sigfile was not present when Xoote was posting in July but was edited in, perhaps a couple of weeks later. This user uses the same sigfile on a large number of other forums and it appears that Xoote's sneaky act is to make some semi-legitimate posts, some of them showing some vague evidence of thought, then go back and edit in a porn sigfile when nobody is watching. Naturally the offending sigfile (which I found by chance while rereading an old thread) has been removed.

Bill Gletsos
24-12-2008, 02:56 PM
ursogr8's ban was to end tomorrow.

In the spirit of Christmas, his ban has been lifted today .

Kevin Bonham
31-12-2008, 11:23 PM
Jaydon suspended from the shoutbox for about an hour for blatant trolling.

Kevin Bonham
05-01-2009, 01:41 AM
An account that had been inactive for several months but that recently reactivated has behaved in a manner that leaves overwhelming evidence (including IP evidence) that it is being operated by another user, specifically a banned one.

We will investigate whether the original registrant gave consent for the account to be used in this manner or not. Either situation will be treated seriously but the second, if confirmed, will be treated especially seriously.

Three polls on which this account has recently voted have been adjusted to deduct those votes from the tallies.

I have suspended the account in question while the situation is investigated.

All users are reminded as a standard precaution on any internet forum to avoid short or easily guessable passwords and to change passwords regularly.

Rincewind
06-01-2009, 02:44 PM
antichrist banned for 2 weeks for willful trolling across several threads (the usual suspects) in the mistaken believe no mods or admins were about.

Kevin Bonham
10-01-2009, 04:42 PM
User Axiom banned for 3 months for again using another account (Scorpio) to post while banned from posting, including voting on polls concerning himself while banned.

The Axiom/Scorpio situation was the subject of my 5 Jan post above. The following hypotheses have been considered concerning how Axiom came to obtain access to the Scorpio account:

1. Axiom was Scorpio all along.
2. Axiom hacked Scorpio's account by password guessing.
3. Axiom obtained permission to use Scorpio's account.

We have a strong view on which of these it is based on elaborate evidence that we do not currently intend releasing publicly as to do so might make it harder to detect imposters in the future. The length of ban applies irrespective of which of the above it is, although if it was absolutely proven to be 2 the ban length would increase.

The account Scorpio has now been suspended indefinitely since if 1 above is true the account is a hydra of a banned user, if 2 above is true the account has probably become fatally compromised, and if 3 above is true then the account holder has infringed the rules by permitting a banned user to use the account.

[EDIT: Scorpio now unsuspended following email contact.]

Bill Gletsos
11-01-2009, 09:54 PM
Axiom caught using a new hydra last night.

Ban increased from 3 to 4 months.

Bill Gletsos
11-01-2009, 09:55 PM
Axiom caught using a new hydra tonight.

Ban increased from 4 to 6 months.

The next hydra will cause an increase in the ban by 3 months to 9 months.

Kevin Bonham
18-01-2009, 08:51 PM
Scorpio account suspended again, indefinitely, as owner of said account has not taken adequate steps to prevent Axiom using it despite being asked to do so quickly one week ago.

Kevin Bonham
26-01-2009, 08:57 PM
Axiom signed up numerous hydras today including one with reverse swearing in the username.

It has been made clear to Axiom that he is not to sign up hydras for any reason while banned and that includes just reading the site. He can read as guest if he wants.

Axiom is now banned for a year although this ban will be reviewed if there is a period of at least six months without any further hydra signups at all.

Should there be further hydra signups the ban may be reviewed in the other direction or upgraded to indefinite or permanent.

I note in passing that the site rules on a well-regarded Australian political blog I came across recently included mandatory permanent bans for signing up hydras while banned.

Kevin Bonham
31-01-2009, 10:34 PM
As Axiom continues to sign up hydras while banned, even evading IP blocks to do so, Axiom is now banned from this site permanently, unless he meets certain conditions.

Currently to be readmitted he must:

* Go three months without signing up any new accounts, and agree to never again sign up any hydra account while banned, or use any other user's account while banned.

or

* Go one year without signing up any new accounts.

Kevin Bonham
09-02-2009, 12:36 AM
antichrist suspended for a week for again using irrelevant Israel analogies to troll on a chess thread. He has had a very large number of warnings about this.

It would have been longer in view of him also doing the same thing on a non-chess thread dealing with the Victorian bushfire disaster but I have cut him some slack for his admirable handling of the computer-cheating accusations issue.

Kevin Bonham
21-02-2009, 04:11 PM
antichrist again suspended for one day for off-topic trolling involving references to Israel.

Kevin Bonham
11-03-2009, 10:32 PM
The long-running Scorpio saga has now been resolved with the permanent banning of the Scorpio account. We now have conclusive evidence that both the Scorpio account and the email account used to register it are now being operated by Axiom, or else that the owner of the Scorpio account is continuing to allow Axiom to use it. It remains unclear whether this was always the case.

Kevin Bonham
14-03-2009, 04:42 PM
Jaydon banned from the shoutbox for a month for flooding the shoutbox with 53 shouts, all in capital letters, over a period of about nine minutes. These shouts included numerous clumsy attempts to circumvent the banned word function.

Additionally Jaydon is advised that during this month, should he either attempt to violate any site rule or use excessive capitals in posts, he will be banned from the full site for at least one week, with his shoutbox ban to be reinstated in full at the end of the full-site ban.

Bill Gletsos
12-04-2009, 08:09 PM
Antichrist banned for 2 weeks for inappropriate comments in the shoutbox.

Kevin Bonham
14-04-2009, 12:11 AM
Account kawa banned - hydra of banned user. This was strongly suspected all along but conclusive confirmation has recently been found.

Kevin Bonham
05-05-2009, 12:45 AM
upldiscovered suspended for one day for dribbling out short posts in long runs having been explicitly warned to desist from this practice.

Kevin Bonham
02-07-2009, 01:51 PM
antichrist suspended for three days.

antichrist has been a general nuisance for the past few days with a lot of rubbish posts, off-topic religious trolling and general idiocy, drawing several complaints from other posters. However, the straw that broke the camel's back was him threadjacking the Classical Music thread to post a link to some only very vaguely relevant dribble in his abysmal "Women's Liberation" thread.

As a result of this behaviour the latter thread has also been locked, and if he links to it from another thread again it will be deleted.

Kevin Bonham
11-07-2009, 08:03 PM
kjenhager permanently banned. Hydra of banned user Axiom. Pretty neat job really although it could have easily been seen through from the start had we bothered to Google kjenhager's claimed real name.

kjenhager signed up on 3 Feb 2009 following a high-volume series of Axiom hydra attacks through late Jan and early Feb, which stopped for some time once the kjenhager username got through without being banned.

kjenhager claimed in an opening post to be Kjell Enhager formerly of Rotterdam, Netherlands (a background not referenced in subsequent posts) and to have never played in a chess club though the ability displayed in CC games suggested otherwise. The real Kjell Enhager is a moderately famous Swedish sports psychologist and golf author and Kjell is primarily a Swedish and Norwegian rather than Dutch first name. Despite kjenhager supposedly being in Australia since 2003, no Enhagers are listed in the White Pages for anywhere in Australia.

Having checked kjenhager's posting and IP history I am fully satisfied based on stylistic and topical similarities that kjenhager is in fact Axiom, although the usual Axiom act of irate posting, cutting and pasting gibberish, picking fights with mods and monologuing in the shoutbox has clearly been toned down in order to fly underneath the radar, though finally he couldn't help himself from slipping in a Siberian Chess Tiger reference.

I mentioned to Axiom in a PM recently that we were of the view that he was kjenhager and he did not dispute this.

What is interesting about all this is it proves that Axiom is capable of posting rationally and unproblematically when he wants to and has no excuse for not doing so under his regular username, but rather chooses to misbehave.

In view of this latest long-running hydra, the standards for Axiom's possible readmission to the site are now likely to be revised and a further statement on this will be made shortly. However we are hoping we can convince Axiom that it is time to agree unconditionally that he must stop using hydras while suspended.

Kevin Bonham
12-07-2009, 08:39 PM
Axiom has agreed to never again sign up hydra accounts while banned and has therefore been removed from suspension with punishment for the kjenhager hydra waived.

Axiom remains on the conditions of:

* no mentioning of Siberian Chess Tigers in the shoutbox
* no discussion of conspiracy theories in the shoutbox
* no discussion of Alex Jones websites in the shoutbox.

If Axiom's behaviour is completely unproblematic from a moderation perspective for three months from now then the above conditions will be reviewed. This does not necessarily mean they will be altered but it does mean we will give serious consideration to it.

In the case of the latter element, this also depends on perfect behaviour from Axiom fans from another website as the block on the names of Alex Jones websites will remain in force while any risk of attacks using the names of those websites is perceived.

Kevin Bonham
12-07-2009, 10:31 PM
Axiom suspended from the shoutbox for a week for blatantly alluding to Siberian Chess Tigers by writing "feline of the tundra".

Bill Gletsos
12-07-2009, 11:50 PM
Axiom suspended from the shoutbox for a week for blatantly alluding to Siberian Chess Tigers by writing "feline of the tundra".The mods have decided to lift this suspension as a sign of goodwill but have warned Axiom that any further behaviour that is construed as breaching his shoutbox restrictions will result in a substantial full-site ban and the time before those restrictions will be reconsidered will be increased.

Rincewind
19-07-2009, 04:09 PM
antichrist banned for 2 weeks for proliferating links to a spammer thread.

Kevin Bonham
29-07-2009, 05:56 PM
Just for those who missed the fun, Axiom and Jaydon are both currently on two-week shoutbox suspensions for blatantly disregarding moderation directions, in Jaydon's case a direction to cease referring to subjects related to Axiom's shoutbox restrictions, and in Axiom's case primarily a direction to cease shouting in red text.

Bill Gletsos
04-08-2009, 10:10 PM
Axiom is site banned for 3 weeks for being in breach of the following site rule:

"The moderators/admins reserve the right to take any action they deem appropriate against members who make demonstrably false or misleading claims about this site or its administration/moderation on other sites."

After this ban elapses the remainder (7 days) of his current shoutbox ban will be re-applied.

Kevin Bonham
04-08-2009, 10:18 PM
Other members who comment on Chesschat moderation on other sites are also advised to ensure their comments are not inaccurate, exaggerated or misleading.

There are three other members who have been sailing very close to the wind in this regard in the last few months and I suspect if I checked all their comments very carefully I would find that all have gone over the line.

Kevin Bonham
04-08-2009, 11:38 PM
We have not had to change the site rules much lately and indeed they have now gone unchanged for more than a year but following several recent incidents the following has just been added:


Action may also be taken against members who encourage other members to break site rules or breach moderation directives, no matter where or how the encouragement occurs.

Bill Gletsos
05-08-2009, 09:38 AM
Axiom is site banned for 3 weeks for being in breach of the following site rule:

"The moderators/admins reserve the right to take any action they deem appropriate against members who make demonstrably false or misleading claims about this site or its administration/moderation on other sites."

After this ban elapses the remainder (7 days) of his current shoutbox ban will be re-applied.Site ban now 4 weeks.

Kevin Bonham
08-08-2009, 04:47 PM
antichrist banned for a week, partly for generally excessive inane trolling and partly for starting a completely pointless thread to babble incoherently in reply to something that was already covered on another thread, despite having been very recently advised not to start new threads of that nature.

Kevin Bonham
09-08-2009, 09:50 PM
Unfortunately Axiom has now signed up two hydras, beeswax and Lighthouse. Both of these were fourth-order IP matches to the accounts kjenhager, Axiom and Kompinchaw (the last is a short-lived Axiom hydra that he signed up between the banning of kjenhager and the unbanning of Axiom.) Additionally, beeswax signed up using a gibberish email address (as if formed by random key trample) which has been a common Axiom trademark in the past.

Axiom's habit of signing up hydras while banned (whether they are hydras capable of posting or not) is the single most vexatious thing about him from a moderation perspective. It was because he agreed to cease doing this that we were willing to overlook his longrunning kjenhager hydra and unban him immediately. He has now breached this agreement.

On account of this behaviour and given that the shoutbox is the core of most of the problems Axiom has on this site, Axiom is now permanently banned from the current chesschat shoutbox. If sometime in the future we acquire a much more advanced shoutbox that allows us to manage his behaviour more easily, this will be reconsidered then, but not before.

On account of his breach of his agreement with the site and his persistent breach of rules against signing up hydras while banned, Axiom is banned from chesschat for six months. For any additional hydra account detected, the six months will reset from that point and one month will be added.

Kevin Bonham
10-08-2009, 12:31 AM
Axiom has added three months to his ban already tonight. If the hydra signups continue at high volume then a permanent full site ban is likely.

Kevin Bonham
01-09-2009, 02:27 AM
ursogr8 (whose account is long-disused) is symbolically banned for two months for making false claims elsewhere that this site employs a policy of random banning and has a banning quota.

ursogr8 has frequently made false and misleading statements about CC moderation elsewhere but the ban will nonetheless be suspended if the comment in question is explicitly retracted and stated to be false to our satisfaction.

Kevin Bonham
05-09-2009, 11:42 PM
This evening the mods discovered what some posters had already suspected: that rather than Comrade Zukovsky intending to become a second Axiom, Axiom was operating the Comrade Zukovsky account and has been so since 10 August, the date after which Axiom was banned. On this day the Comrade Zukovsky account started posting from a Korean proxy IP, the account not previously having a history of proxy use. Following this the account soon switched to another Korean proxy with which it remained until today. Both stylistic and thematic similarities have been pretty obvious, though Axiom covered up for them with the claim that he was trying to become a second Axiom.

In the process of pretending to be CZ, Axiom has repeatedly lied about his true nature and intentions re the account and lied again tonight in the shoutbox when asked why he was posting from a proxy.

The consequence of this is that Axiom is permanently banned from chesschat.

Furthermore no repeal of this ban will ever be considered without Axiom making his real identity known to CC staff and proving that he is responsible for the previous Axiom posts.

As for the CZ account, it is also banned while we investigate the circumstances under which it came to be operated by Axiom.

Finally the following change is made to the site rules:


We reserve the right to ban anonymous accounts that are suspected of being operated by banned users, or any account that misrepresents the nature of the person operating it (eg adult posters pretending to be juniors.)

becomes:


We reserve the right to ban anonymous accounts that are suspected of being operated by banned users, any account that misrepresents the nature of the person operating it (eg adult posters pretending to be juniors) and any account employing a proxy IP.

Kevin Bonham
07-09-2009, 06:14 PM
antichrist banned for a week for more blatantly off-topic religious trolling.

antichrist is now on zero tolerance for this offence. There will be a minimum one-week ban every time I catch him doing it.

Kevin Bonham
08-09-2009, 01:37 PM
ban on antichrist lifted since the poster who started the thread in question has now made a post on it that was off-topic in almost exactly the same way as antichrist's. :confused:

However antichrist remains on zero tolerance for off-topic posting of religious remarks and I have advised him that he is not to post about Christianity or Creationism outside the "religion and science" section without moderator permission, or to bring up these issues in the shoutbox without somebody else mentioning them there first.

Kevin Bonham
08-09-2009, 06:45 PM
AC rebanned for another off-topic religious reference, this time on the Toolbox-Detox thread.

Kevin Bonham
18-09-2009, 12:50 AM
Account "Samson" indefinitely suspended - taken over by banned user Axiom.

As with Scorpio and Comrade Zukovsky, I suspect that Axiom is taking over accounts by finding people who are willing to give them away. I do not, at this stage, believe that hacking is involved.

Bill Gletsos
29-09-2009, 01:28 PM
Antichrist warned for posting on behalf of a banned user.

Bill Gletsos
29-09-2009, 01:29 PM
ursogr8 (whose account is long-disused) is symbolically banned for two months for making false claims elsewhere that this site employs a policy of random banning and has a banning quota.

ursogr8 has frequently made false and misleading statements about CC moderation elsewhere but the ban will nonetheless be suspended if the comment in question is explicitly retracted and stated to be false to our satisfaction.As ursogr8 has continued with his false claims whilst banned his two month ban has been reset to start again from today.

Bill Gletsos
29-09-2009, 01:39 PM
Banned user ursogr8 banned for 1 month for suggesting to another poster that they post on his behalf.

This ban to be served after his current 2 month ban expires.

Bill Gletsos
01-10-2009, 11:50 PM
Antichrist banned for a week for reposting a previously deleted off topic post as an off topic post in another thread.

Kevin Bonham
07-10-2009, 02:42 PM
I have created a new usergroup called "Compromised Accounts". This will be used for accounts that appear to have been taken over, either as a result of users giving them away to banned users trying to get back onto the board or as a result of hacking of easily-guessed passwords.

The opening inductees are:

Scorpio
Comrade Zukovsky
Samson
UELleida

all of which appear to have been taken over by Axiom.

Accounts that are placed in this usergroup are banned until further notice, but appear as "Account Compromised" instead of "Banned" and in italics instead of strikethrough. This is to give the benefit of the doubt in case some such account was actually hacked.

Any user in this usergroup who wishes to reactivate their account needs to make email contact with site staff in person or from a non-proxy IP, stating their real name and agreeing that they will not post from a proxy IP or transfer their account to another person in the future.

I can be emailed at k_bonham@tassie.net.au for this purpose.

Kevin Bonham
10-10-2009, 12:10 AM
We have been advised by its original owner that the Comrade Zukovsky account was hacked by password guessing.

This is a good opportunity to again remind users not to use easily guessable passwords. Ideally, use at least eight characters, use a mix of upper and lower case, and use numbers or other symbols.

The CZ account has been reactivated and a new password set for it; once this is relayed to its owner he should be able to post again.

CZ posts made by Axiom and replies to them are being removed from public view.

Bill Gletsos
13-10-2009, 08:06 PM
Antichrist banned for 3 weeks for quoting a banned poster without making any attempt to make any comment for the purpose of critical discussion.
In fact he made no attempt at a comment whatsoever.

Kevin Bonham
17-10-2009, 08:28 PM
Candy-Cane account transferred to Compromised Accounts and recent posts deleted as it was found that Axiom was using the account, but only seems to have taken it over in the last two weeks.

How he came to be using it is as yet unknown but it is now my default assumption that he hacks them all by password guessing.

Rincewind
02-11-2009, 09:10 PM
User Dr Mind Bender is a hydra of banned user and has been banned. All posts and replies have been deleted.

Kevin Bonham
09-11-2009, 12:26 AM
New additional shoutbox guidelines

The shoutbox is for chatting, conversations and for relaying information concerning unfolding events (especially chess related, other sports or events where there is sufficient interest). It is not for:

* extended monologues
* strident soapboxing about political or religious non-chess issues. Take it to a thread.
* transcription of song lyrics just because you happen to be listening to a given song. If you want to inform the forum about what you are listening to do so at http://chesschat.org/showthread.php?t=398.

As a general principle if you have made ten shouts unrelated to chess in a row with no-one responding you should wait until someone does. There will be some exceptions (for instance if relaying event updates of interest to members or answering complex questions).

We will not be comma-counting on this but if individual shouters persistently go way outside these guidelines they risk suspensions from the shoutbox.

Kevin Bonham
11-11-2009, 04:47 PM
antichrist made an unfavourable remark about another member's use of the shoutbox in the shoutbox although he had been explicitly warned to keep such comments to threads where they were relevant and the discussion had been initiated by others.

antichrist is therefore suspended from the shoutbox for 1 day.

Kevin Bonham
13-11-2009, 12:32 AM
antichrist repeated this behaviour today in a clearly trolling fashion.

antichrist is banned from the shoutbox for two weeks.

Kevin Bonham
21-11-2009, 09:35 PM
antichrist banned for a week for off-topic posting about issues to do with religion.

Furthermore this is lenient as he has made many trolling posts and some very insensitive ones in the last several days.

When his ban expires the remainder of his shoutbox ban (about five days) will be reinstated.

Kevin Bonham
12-12-2009, 12:31 AM
antichrist again banned for a week following previously announced policy of zero tolerance for his use of off-topic religious references. It was only a one-line aside or the ban would have been much longer in view of his continuing failure to get the message.

Kevin Bonham
12-12-2009, 11:10 AM
Above ban on antichrist revoked since the off-topic religious reference was in fact in a post from his from 2007 that he requoted and not a fresh off-topic religious reference. I did not realise this because of antichrist's customary failure to use the quote function properly.

He has been asked to remove off-topic religious references when quoting any of his old posts in the future.

Kevin Bonham
15-12-2009, 01:23 PM
It is customary to give ursogr8 a present around this time of year by reducing whatever ban he has foolishly incurred in the previous months.

I have lifted his current ban, which was due to expire in a fortnight, however given his failure to learn from Santa's previous benevolence, this Xmas present comes with a very small sting in the tail.

In view of his frequent breaches of CC rules and attacks on the site (in particular his ongoing and unfactual criticism of CC moderation elsewhere - his trolling "ban quota" gibberish and the like) ursogr8 is excluded from the Coffee Lounge.

This exclusion is permanent unless violations of CC rules by ursogr8 elsewhere are retracted, desisted from and cleaned up to our satisfaction.

Kevin Bonham
15-12-2009, 01:39 PM
antichrist banned for a week for offtopic religious references again, this time an analogy about Creationists in the Toolbox-Detox thread.

Again this is lenient as sixteen antichrist posts have been deleted by the mods in the past week.

Kevin Bonham
18-12-2009, 11:16 PM
antichrist's ban was to expire in 3-4 days.

However he has chosen to rant about CC moderation elsewhere at length, and while most of it is just bilious personal drivel that we are struggling to translate into English, he has made some misleading claims about moderation on this site. He should have waited until his ban expired and then discussed his concerns here.

antichrist's ban has therefore been reset to 10 days, effectively adding slightly under a week to his original ban.

Kevin Bonham
30-12-2009, 10:18 PM
antichrist banned for a week for a post containing profane and sexual content on the main board (and for dedicating same post to a poster who is legally a minor, although he was not abusing that poster at all, far from it).

Additionally antichrist receives a 24-day suspended ban which will be added automatically to any further ban he receives in the next three months, or imposed if at any time in the next three months he creates too much work for the moderators by posting too many rubbish posts that in our view require deletion.

I would like to remind all posters that the deliberate evasion of the swearing filter is not permitted for any reason.

Kevin Bonham
02-01-2010, 08:49 PM
firegoat7 unbanned as he has resigned as admin on the other forum, finally ending a shambolic reign in which he several times banned various CC members arbitrarily and usually on the basis of false assumptions, and failed to protect CC members from defamation and incorrect abuse about their personal lives. Indeed, quite often he joined in.

I did note on 05-08-2008 that in view of firegoat's tardiness in complying with our conditions for unbanning him, he would not necessarily be unbanned when he did comply.

However as a sign of more goodwill than he deserves (which is nonetheless still very little) I have decided to unban him anyway.

It is my hope that he will learn from this experience and never seek, accept (including tacitly) or execute any position of power anywhere on the internet ever again.

If he does and our active members are again unfairly affected, even once, he will most likely be permanently and irrevocably banned from here.

Kevin Bonham
04-01-2010, 01:20 AM
Additionally antichrist receives a 24-day suspended ban which will be added automatically to any further ban he receives in the next three months, or imposed if at any time in the next three months he creates too much work for the moderators by posting too many rubbish posts that in our view require deletion.

Suspended ban applied as antichrist has again made false comments about this site's moderation elsewhere despite being explicitly warned on 19-12-2009 that he would probably be banned for at least a month if he continued doing this.

antichrist banned for a month.

Bill Gletsos
12-02-2010, 12:56 PM
I have been banning Axiom hydras on a regular basis over the past 2 months, the most recent of which about a week ago.

Kevin Bonham
08-03-2010, 06:08 PM
antichrist banned for two months for encouraging shoutbox flood attacks on this site by a banned former member, and for excessive trolling over the last couple of days (including towards a member he had been explicitly warned not to even do anything resembling trolling towards).

A reduction of this ban to five weeks with the remainder suspended will be considered if antichrist does not breach any site rule in any comments elsewhere during this time.

Rincewind
31-03-2010, 11:07 AM
Jaydon banned for 24 hours for posting making a silly Axiom-style youtube shout on tigers.

Rincewind
01-04-2010, 08:28 PM
Jaydon banned for 24 hours for posting making a silly Axiom-style youtube shout on tigers.

Repeat offence. Jaydon banned for 7 days.

Bill Gletsos
14-06-2010, 11:37 PM
antichrist banned for a month for deliberately trolling another poster by posting rubbish on the toolbox about them.

Kevin Bonham
28-07-2010, 01:26 AM
antichrist was very explicitly warned both last year and in May this year not to post any discussion of religion or related matters outside the Religion and Science section without moderator approval in view of his track record of threadjacking arguments about religion onto other threads. It was made very clear he would be banned for two months if he continued doing it.

As he has breached this warning repeatedly he has been banned for two months, although I will consider reducing this ban to one month if he behaves himself in his postings elsewhere during this time.

antichrist is also placed on zero tolerance for his pet habit of dragging posts from one forum to another in either direction to troll and to start fights. A two-month ban will be applied if this behaviour continues or recurs.

Kevin Bonham
16-08-2010, 03:46 PM
I have deleted a thread about forum upgrades started by someone who claimed to be a long-time member posting as a hydra but was in fact posting using a proxy IP.

This, plus the nature of the post as a potential advert of sorts for the frequent and mostly useless functional knob-twiddles in the other place, and for the other place's functionally inferior PGN viewer, causes me to suspect that the poster was really a banned member engaging in trolling and advertising for the other place.

As noted in the forum rules we reserve the right to ban any suspicious account that uses a proxy IP.

If the author was really a long-term unbanned member here they would know that we do not target people who raise a reasonable opinion in a reasonable manner.

I may resurrect some of the posts by unbanned members from that thread soon.

Rincewind
10-09-2010, 12:52 PM
I don't usually comment on the spammers we ban nor on the multitude of hydras that have been signed up (one particularly sad and lonely individual has signed up several hundred hydras which have had to be banned or deleted).

However, I will note that we had the permanently banned user Arrogant-One sign up a hydra today (also not his first breach of his ban) which he used to post and make comments in the shout box. The new account has been banned and all posts removed. This is standard operational procedure and I don't expect to make further comment in the future on the handling of spammers or hydras of permanently banned users.

Kevin Bonham
21-09-2010, 04:17 PM
antichrist's current ban has been extended by a bit over a week for making false comments about moderation (alleging he has been subjected to unlogged bannings many times) over there.

Bill Gletsos
15-10-2010, 11:04 AM
rastamek banned for 24 hours for shoutbox abuse.

Kevin Bonham
19-12-2010, 09:37 AM
As antichrist has exceeded his quota for whinging about moderation for this week (and continues to make too many off-topic and unsuitable posts) he has been placed in it. :lol: For the next week, if I have configured it correctly, posts by antichrist will only appear on the board after the moderators have cleared them. If this needs to be applied in the future I won't bother logging it.

Kevin Bonham
03-01-2011, 07:07 PM
A reminder to various posters to be a bit careful of their tone when replying to new posters who appear to be genuine and who are not saying anything that is obviously aggro or stupid.

While we do quite often get new posters (hydras or spammers) who are not quite what they seem, when dealing with a new member who you think just may be of this kind, they should be given the benefit of the doubt until the facts become clearer.

Responses to apparently genuine new users that are rude, needlessly suspicious, oddball or posted by antichrist may be deleted.