Banned member BookerTWashington for posting an external link.
This one, I want to talk about in a bit more detail. The individual joined our forum within the last week or so and the first thread+post he/she made was to an external discord channel. Presumably. I did not click-through and check.
By itself, that does not feel like a bannable offence, but we already have a discord channel. Feels silly to be asking folks to move else-where. Not to say that we do not allow it. Heck, if an existing member pointed me to a place with good fanfic recommendations, I'd probably jump in. The issue here is that it was this member's first post. That was very suspicious.
The next odd thing was a poll on the thread asking "do you like men?" (I deleted the poll - no one voted). As far as I know, we don't have rules about anyone's sexual preferences in here. But I can't figure out how the poll and the post itself are connected.
In the end, my decision was to brand the member as banned, lock/hide the thread and write this up in the report, since it felt worth mentioning.
Thank you to one of our regulars who reported this!
astao328 was banned for promoting pharmaceutical products and bukbcha was banned for advertising chemical products. Both from China.
I have no objection to either of these, as long as we get some fanfiction (heck, I might even allow some original fiction!) from it. But blatant advertising? Into the dump you go - and please, do not come back.
Thank you to our members for reporting these irritants. You help to make our forum cleaner.
helenri123 was banned for advertising .. bamboo sticks, I think? No, not ninjitsu stuff, but construction material.
hieu16005 was banned for posting in a language, I do not understand. As in; not english. Looked like gibberish to me.
Thank you to all our members for your reports!
I'm now in a mood to read a fanfic story which talks about how members of a fanfiction board are interested in construction materials from Chinese companies - any suggestions, folks?
An author (the thread starter) asked me to delete an old thread of theirs. Oddly enough, they can't seem to delete it themselves. I did so ... or at least, removed it from public view (only staff can see it now), in the hopes that perhaps in the future the author might change their mind and continue their story.
A user PM'd me asking to be deleted. Which puts me in an odd position. If the request was genuine, I have no reason *not* to delete the account. But on the flip side, if it wasn't genuine (or the user changes his/her mind), I really do not want to do a permanent action.
As a compromise, I just banned the account instead. For the record here is a redacted version of the username = D************3