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Journal Journal: Are you banned from Slashdot? Excessive Bad Posting. 41

Due to excessive bad posting from this IP or Subnet, comment posting has temporarily been disabled. If it's you, consider this a chance to sit in the timeout corner . If it's someone else, this is a chance to hunt them down. If you think this is unfair, please email Is this censorship?

I don't think so. Nothing is deleted: if you want to read the raw, uncut Slashdot, simply set your threshold to -1 and go crazy! This system is simply a method for us to try to work together to categorize the thousands of comments that are posted each day in such a way that we can benefit from the wisdom contained in the discussions. It's in there! It just takes some work to find it.

Answered by: CmdrTaco

How many of you out there reading this have gotten the error message above? It sounds like you've done something pretty seriously bad to get it, right? Personally I don't think this is the case. Maybe it's because I got it for posting one comment someone didn't like. I was banned for 6 weeks! Now I can post again, but I'm afraid to say something that a moderator won't like. Should I be afraid? And more importantly, if being banned for posting comments that a moderator doesn't like isn't censorship (as CmdrTaco says) then what is it? Should we be afraid to post on Slashdot? Is this censorship and if not what is it?

I'd like to foster a grassroots discussion by other Slashdot readers on this topic. How is it implemented... how many moderators does it take to ban an entire network? Maybe we can get the developers involved to find out what the motivation was. Most importantly I've noticed that when I can't post comments, I can still post journals, so I'd like to form a sort of victim's network for people who feel they've been unfairly banned from the site. Maybe we all have a viewpoint in common? Maybe we share the same view that's being unilaterally suppressed? Who knows. I know that if you put the phrase "excessive bad posting" in your journal title, I will be able to search and find you. So let's get together and share our stories.

Here is a small list of users I've found who are in the same boat as me. Maybe there are more! If you can't post a reply, post a journal with the title "excessive bad posting" and I will find you and link to you. Thanks and Good Luck!

Who knows how many this has silenced? And if they are silenced how can we know? Any ideas? This whole thing of silencing the unpopular seems very un-Slashdot. Isn't that what Columbine High School's guidance counselors did? Wasn't that the whole problem?

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