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Old 04-20-2011, 03:52 PM
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Hello there. When I browse through treads, I've noticed quite a few members have been banned from PTO. What exactly can you get banned for? I'm just asking b/c I don't want to break the rules. I'm not trying to start trouble lol. Thanks!
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Hey there!! Im sure someone will come along with a better answer that I could give, however to get banned (permanently removed from the website) it would have to be a very serious infraction, or blatant disrespect/disregard of our policies on a frequest basis. Everyone who is banned knows exactly why they were banned. THis is not sprung on anyone by surprise, and many times, staff gives repeated chances before a permanent removal from the website. I hope that helps!
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Except for blatent trolls and spammers, it is never a surprise to anyone who gets suspended or banned.
The staff make every effort to explain why something is a problem and give the member every opportunity to correct the problem or stop doing whatever it is before resorting to suspension... and, except in very rare situations, a permanent ban is the last resort after several warnings and a short suspension or two.

Unless you are making threats or being intentionally, flagrantly offensive, you're not going to suddenly find yourself locked out of the community.

You can read the community guidelines, policies and rules HERE and please feel free to contact any moderator if you have questions about them.
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Wow! Thank guys. It's a shame people can't just behave themselves. Oh well....I don't think I've done anything that bad. Hopefully no one bans me haha =P
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Hello there. When I browse through treads, I've noticed quite a few members have been banned from PTO. What exactly can you get banned for? I'm just asking b/c I don't want to break the rules. I'm not trying to start trouble lol. Thanks!
Good question, who really knows? I've seen some "rude" post that stay and others that get deleted.
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I'd say being rude and cursing, which would have someone report you then may lead to you being banned. So just dont be rude to others or curse them in anyway, pretty much.
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as stated by Lebeau its just those who blatantly go against PTO cores beliefs and values. The policies were created to help PTO be a safe haven for its members.
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Also, remember if you see something that you think is a violation of PTo policies-there is a button to report a post. Staff will then carefully review it, even discuss it to get many points of view. Then a decision will be made whether to remove it and contact the owner. I will say quite a few times things that are against policy are done because people do not know the policies-not really from malice or anything!
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If you all don't mind I have a question to piggy back on this one. If someone is banned, is it deffinite or are they allowed back after a period of time? Also, is "account suspended" a more minor infraction than someone getting banned?

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If you all don't mind I have a question to piggy back on this one. If someone is banned, is it deffinite or are they allowed back after a period of time? Also, is "account suspended" a more minor infraction than someone getting banned?

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I have seen banned members come back...so I would think that there had been some type of agreement or discussion that allowed them back. Of course, I don't know for sure, but I imagine that is why a banned member would be able to return. You are basically correct about the "account suspended" status.
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Hello! The "Stickys" at the top of Forum PTO Policies/Rules provide the expectations for how we conduct ourselves on this site as well as explicit information about the infractions that can result in someone being banned from PTO.
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I was just reading the policies, and I saw one that I didn't understand. How come you can't announce on PTO that you are leaving the site? I'm not planning on leaving PTO, I was just wondering why you cannot do that. Thanks.
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If you're just saying "I'm gonna be out of town for a while" or "I'm about to move, so I won't be around much 'til I'm settled", that's different.

What that policy is about is people who are leaving because they are all ticked off either at the site or at a particular person and want to get a few shots in on their way out the door.
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ohhhh ok i understand. thanks
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oh duh!! i saw the" account closed" and "banned" under some peoples screen names and i thought well, it's a play on words or phrases like "my bank account is closed",etc. as the saying goes..... now i know.
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QUESTION???

About problems with recently banned staff members and MASSIVE PRIVATE INFORMATION LEAKS? WT*#!!???

What kind of private information? Details, please.
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QUESTION???

About problems with recently banned staff members and MASSIVE PRIVATE INFORMATION LEAKS? WT*#!!???

What kind of private information? Details, please.
The information was related to staff matters, NOT member information.
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It's ALWAYS best to read the policys before signing up. If you're BLATANTLY mean and disrespectful to members and staff(in posts, VM's etc) that could get you banned. Also trolls and stuff that sign up and make obvious threads that are NOT serious and are meant to hurt or make fun of others. The bannings which are in the policys go as you could be banned for a week, a month or even 6 months. Now if you're banned permanantly and maybe after a certain amount of time has gone by you could contact a person in admin and speak to them about coming back but that's their decision. Circumventing bannings can get you permanently banned.
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