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  1. Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    [Tdol's Blog] Forum Policies- Clone of banned user

    Forum Policies- Clone of banned user

    A number of posts have been deleted in the last few days because they are cloned accounts of a banned user. We're slow to ban members of the forum, but once we ban someone, the ban stays in place and any subsequent accounts that person makes will also be banned. We have two particularly persistent cases that keep coming back. They are different from regular trolls, who come back in hidden guises to try to start trouble.

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    Re: [Tdol's Blog] Forum Policies- Clone of banned user

    Good to see that article.

    I'm sure some people may get the impression that we ban people right, left and centre for no apparent reason. We don't.

    It's sad to see the word 'banned' under so many people's names, but the ban is always the result of a clear breach of forum policy, and usually after at least one very clear warning.

    Also, as Tdol suggested, the number of people banned is far fewer than it seems. The same person may be banned under a dozen or more names - a sign of their persistence in trying to be a nuisance.
    Last edited by 5jj; 27-May-2012 at 13:58.

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    Re: [Tdol's Blog] Forum Policies- Clone of banned user

    That's why I wrote it- we're banning several accounts a day at the moment, but they're from the same two sources. Let's hope they get bored in a day or two.

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    Re: [Tdol's Blog] Forum Policies- Clone of banned user

    Thanks for the article. It feels a bit better when you can see the reason.

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    Re: [Tdol's Blog] Forum Policies- Clone of banned user

    It is difficult to understand what these trolls actually get out of it but you guys do a great job of keeping on top of them all. There's only one thing I'm slightly confused by - once they're banned, the word "Banned" appears under their username which is great but not instantly noticeable. I also see that you don't delete the thread if someone has gone to the effort of adding a response. However, immediately they are banned, shouldn't the thread at least be closed? I noticed one earlier which said Banned, had one response, but was still open for responses.

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    Re: [Tdol's Blog] Forum Policies- Clone of banned user

    That's a very good suggestion. I'll endeavor to do so when I run across those threads as well. Thanks.
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