I don’t like having to harshly moderate this forum. I had hoped when creating this place years ago that it could grow into an alternative space to the official Xojo forums for discussions related to Xojo and other languages full of civil members.
Markus Winter has repeatedly violated general good civil behaviour. I have had countless complaints about his posts. He is intolerant of others, beligerant and down right rude. I have therefore silenced his account for three months and asked him to reflect on the effect his words have on others.
I don’t want this to descend into some sort of “Garry is an intolerant tyrant” thread because I am not. Markus has been warned for months and months and continues to disregard the other members of this community. Quite frankly, good riddance.
Realizing how many people are happy that Markus is silenced makes me a bit shocked. I see that comments are blended out when flagged and good is. Yes, Markus is hard on the border. But I believe that silencing him is not the way INN should do. Possibly I am wrong. But as far as I know it should not be so that people get banned form this server. Silencing is the same like a ban. I have to rethink a few things under this conditions. I feel sorry for the reaction.
That isn’t the question. According to Norman which said that this is the place where we will not have bans it shows what words are worth of being spoken. / written. The rules of the community are rules the founders made.
It is a suspension, not a ban. Taking Norman’s word as the right to relentlessly attacking and insulting people in this forum may be a very overstretched interpretation and an abuse of his good intentions.
It’s impossible to run a forum without bans. Rules are necessary. If you have no tools to enforce the rules, then they mean nothing. What happens if Markus comes back and pulls the same shit? Another 3 months? How many suspensions until it becomes permanent? What if somebody repeatedly posts illegal content?
I appreciate that the moderation team tries hard not to silence anybody. But it’s impossible to say that users won’t get banned.
Certainly civility is desirable. Markus once insulted me in another forum. He likened me to Homer Simpson. This mostly rolled off my back, since it was (sort of) funny–and, frankly, I’ve been called worse.
Having said that, having read much from him for years, and even seeing a dry sense of humor compatible with mine, I think I like the guy, and believe that, in person, we’d get on fine. I will be pleased to see him back. But no more Homer Simpson