dEhiN wrote:vijayjohn wrote:I am willing to post the full text of what I wrote in my e-mails to the admins and global mods at the time to prove it.
As long as it is only text written by you, I don't see why not.
It is only text written by me, with a bit of context just so that everyone can get a basic idea of how the conversation went. Below, I have replaced all names other than my own with [name] and all quotes in those e-mails I wrote with [text].
When I was banned, I wanted to appeal my ban but had trouble figuring out how I was supposed to contact the mods in the first place. The forum policy currently says to use firstname.lastname@example.org, but there is also a "contact us" form, which apparently leads to a different e-mail address (and I don't remember whether I could see the forum policy at that time or not since I was banned, or even whether the forum policy had that e-mail address in it at the time). So IIRC I used the form and wrote:
I received a reply from a different address (if I'm not mistaken, this happened within about ten hours, and it is not possible for the mods to reply using the e-mail address that I had written to), then asked:
Can I be banned again as a result of trying to appeal my ban, if you or any of the other admins or global mods decide for example that I am disrespecting one or all of you in the process?
No response in two days.
So I wrote again:
Finally, I got a reply that said little more than "yes." So I said:
Then I got two replies, one promising me that my appeal would be listened to and another making excuses for the long delay in my second e-mail, to which I wrote a long reply and included a warning up front about its length:
I received a long reply that was much shorter than mine, but I had more questions as a result, so I wrote another e-mail that was somewhat long though also shorter than my previous one:
Then I received a reply asking me to summarize my previous e-mail, so I wrote:
After this e-mail, I received an e-mail from one of the admins/global mods telling me that they had decided to reject my appeal, so I didn't say anything else. After my ban ended, I received a PM from one of them saying that I was on probation for an entire year following that PM.
The only thing I can see that might have been objectionable in this entire exchange, especially compared to the exchange I'm having currently on the forum, is that I said I was considering leaving and encouraging others to do the same. Later, I came to realize I didn't need to do that because the admins and global mods were already scaring everyone away.
Aurinĭa wrote:vijayjohn wrote:This means, among other things, that the link that banned users are provided in case they want to contact them should be valid and lead to an operational e-mail address. This was not the case when I tried to appeal my own ban, and I find no reason to believe that it has changed since then.
It does work, and it did then too. You got a reply a few hours later.
Okay, I guess I was wrong, but there was a lot of confusion amongst the mods because some of them were receiving all e-mails that were part of the conversation I had with them and others were not.