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    Then again, some asked to be banned and come back to post anyway.

    You are looking at a case of that as you read this.

    ...several times.
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    Some people get so attached to a place they don't think they can leave on their own accord...like a relationship...so they request to be banned to give them that push out the door.

    It's virtually the same reason why some members continue to come back repeatedly after being banned...and consequently need to be banned several times before they can move on.

    People build emotional attachments to things...ever break something then get mad or upset over it? It's human nature.

    So..some people request that little extra push out the door...but that doesn't necessarily mean they have mental problems...just attachment issues.

    If the qualifying factor of mental illness is attachment then people who get attached to products/objects and upset because they broke their watch or lost the keys to their car are by the same measure more mentally disabled than those who get attached to communities...online or not.

    On one hand it's sad that people get so attached they need that push...on the other hand...

    we all get attached to things...from pens to books to flags to communities to people...

    some things just get so entrenched as a part of our lives ( even things like a relic on a mantle piece that falls and gets broken ) that it becomes odd to no longer see it sitting there where it used to...

    it's really just human nature.
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    To be honest, I never really paid much attention to it. Even if someone has "banned" for a title, I'll still read what they have to say. And if they're not posting anymore, I don't think it really matters.
    Also, if I'm that determined to figure out if someone was banned because of idiotic posts, I'll go into their profile and view their posts.
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    Shagdevil: I was suggesting something that would make your life easier... Save a few clicks :-). After all, this is the place where you can suggest things for improving AO.
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    If accounts are simply deleted, what does it show? I can understand somebody might, on some principle, want to have their account removed and it's a pity if that does show "banned", but in my experience that action looks entirely different to an account where the username, IP or email address has been added to bans.

    People build emotional attachments to things...ever break something then get mad or upset over it? It's human nature.
    Oh for goodness sake! What are we, some sort of counselling organisation ?!? This is a forum.
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    No, it sets all their posts to "guest" but we don't delete accounts.

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    Err ... why not? Perhaps this would be a solution to the problem of people who want to be forcibly restrained from posting (LOL) and that other group of marginals who have to be forcilby restrained from posting, ie banned members.
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    It adversely affects our business interests, and it also makes it impossible to search posts on any previous member, because they'll all be attributed to guest.

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    I suppose that's the problem isn't it? There is a solution but it isn't one that works with the way you want the site to operate (which is fair enough).

    It looks like people will either have to be banned or have a custom label if they've asked for it themselves. I can more understand now why people ask to be banned if removing accounts isn't an option for them - but I still think if it was me, on balance I'd rather remain and just not post. Acquring a "banned" label isn't quite making the dignified exit they probably had in mind.
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    Senior Member JPnyc's Avatar
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    It's pretty rare that a member actually asks to be banned anyway. Generally if someone wants to leave a forum, they just stop showing up. The "please ban my account" histrionics smacks of "drama queen" behavior, to me.

    I mean what is our motivation in banning them, if we're not the ones who want them gone? We just publish a bunch of forums, we're not their parents blocking adult cable tv channels on them.

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