Robert Gentel wrote:
I'd suggest/request that those folks be un-banned: 1) By this point in time they've gotten the message...
Nice try, Khethil
. But the repeated attempts to circumvent the bans continues to make clear their intentions of those working with you.
Repeated disclaimer: I've never been, and likely never will be, a "regular" poster at any forum because of time constraints.
While I know nothing of the particulars of "what went down here" (and do not care to), I have come to consider Khethil a most reasonable and considerate forum poster, and IMO a person whose opinions are worthy of thoughtful consideration. All forums have their sophistic provocateurs and saboteurs and posts with clearly self-serving or covert motives, but I've seen nothing of that nature in Khethil. The same could be said, I must add, of a few of "the banned". (Note: I don't even know who all of "them" were -- and mentioning specific names would not be appropriate).
I understand that you have first-hand evidence of actions constituting blatent wrongdoing, acts for which there could be no other less malevolent motivation or intention. I've read posts from long-time A2K'rs who strongly vouch for your wisdom and integrity, and I have find no reason to doubt that.
Frankly, some (not all) of the opinions expressed and actions taken by a few old PF'rs seem ill-conceived, and I admit to being taken aback by the degree of emotionalism and vitriol expressed by some. I would initially presume, unless evidence indicated otherwise, this represented some kind of emotional knee-jerk reaction, since it was not consistent with their past normal demeanor or behavior.
But I still can't fully understand what provoked such seemingly irrational reactions from reasonable people. Nor do I care to. I'm staying STRICTLY AWAY from the particulars here, on both sides.
The purpose of this response to you is to serve as a kind of "character witness" for old friends, asking you to take their past behavior and reputation into consideration when ascribing intention or motivation to present actions. However, I understand that there are certain actions for which there can be no truly "good" explanation, just, perhaps, ill-conceived reactions based on misunderstandings. In some cases, like Khethil suggests, I, too, would appeal to the mercy of the court for a second chance, an "unbanning" -- on a case by case basis -- negotiated strictly by you on a one to one basis. In the end, of course, we must all realize that only you know all relevant details, and, therefore, only you are in a position to make a final judgment. Based on your reputation at A2K, I find no reason to mistrust that judgment.
Sorry for the rambling length of this post. I probably should just delete it, but I put so much time into it, what the heck? What's the worst that can happen? (Rhetorical Question -- please, no one offer an answer!)