I have been banned from commenting again. Second time this year. If you care to check out my list of comments, you will see that I have had two comments moderated as troll, several months apart, and only two in my whole history here. Presumably because someone didn't like what I had to say. I don't find being marked as a troll on some comments as being offensive to me. I expect that in some cases. The words still need to be said. I simply feel the need, every once in a great while, to respond to comments that are way off the mark. The trouble is that a single modded down comment elicits a month long 'timeout' from Slashdot. That seems a bit excessive, expecially in the light of the percentage of comments the are modded up or left as is. The ratio on my part is 2:493, modded down to up. One can only presume that is beyond what Slashdot considers appropriate behavior.
I have tried to get a response from Slashdot on this, but do not receive even an acknowledgement of my email. I guess they are also embarrased as to how their own system works. It's time to correct the problem Slashdot. I understand the purpose, but the wrong people are being punished here. Perhaps Slashdot does not like People to question the validity of an article or perhaps bring to light the fact the there are cases where the story is wrong or cast in a light that is inappropriate? I am confused as to what the goal is. It is obviously serves the purpose of keeping anyone from questioning anything that Slashdot posts as valid. Whether that was the original intent, it certainly works in that fashion.
See you guys again when I have finished learning my lesson about questioning Slashdot articles.