I can't answer that.
At times SINC and I were both deserving of some time out and only one was given it. I could of raised a sink about the perceived lack of fairness but instead decided that it's only a forum after all...
Regarding personal attacks (direct and indirect) or just being irritating? Different things when it comes to banning in my mind. Arguably equally irritating I'll give you, but few around ehmac make things as personal as 'spec. But hey, I'm "evil".
And yes, as one who you know likes to enjoy many beers, I give people a lot of consideration if they come back and make amends the next day in an honest fashion.
On this, then, we disagree. I have noticed one or two bans that I thought you (alone) had coming but, were it me and I found it unjust I would have spoken up. Again, are we talking irritating or just personal attacks? Repeated trolling or infrequent? It is somewhat grey, but no so grey as it has been made recently.
The apparent (until explained otherwise) arbitrariness is unpleasant, to me, and removes from my enjoyment of the forum. That could very well just be me but I assume I am allowed to voice that concern...repeatedly, given how often some views are voiced around here.
I wouldn't worry about it Beej. I can't recall seeing any nasty posts coming from you.
I think if people follow the Golden Rule they will be just fine.
"This party will not take its position based on public opinion polls. We will not take a stand based on focus groups. We will not take a stand based on phone-in shows or householder surveys or any other vagaries of pubic opinion."
Da_Jonesy has been pretty rude and hateful to me in the past. I have never had issues with the other two, but they also happen to have similar views as I do, so there is less opportunity for it.
For the record... I went directly to jail for calling someone disgusting. In retrospect I should have said that their statements were disgusting not that the person was disgusting. I understand the rules, I broke the rules, I got punished. Cest la vie.
As for being rude and hateful? Rude, sure I'll take that one, but hateful? That is pretty strong considering you at one point had threatened to punch my lights out by suggesting that you didn't support our troops. That exchange has been conveniently deleted or else I would have quoted it. (BTW. searching through 2000+ messages here is a time consuming difficult thing to do, someone should create some software to make it easier... he he he).
Vandave, I don't hate you you... I just don't agree with your politics and world view. To that end if someone posts something on this board with the intent to convince others on a position I firmly believe is wrong I will respond and will NOT be bullied which is a common tactic used by the "right" leaning when their argument is weak. (whereas the "left" leaning will commonly avoid a subject where they have a weaker position, hence why there are a lot of threads I don't chime in on).