Quote: "I'm interested"
Sweet, I now have an excuse to write out my story.
So this was probably back when I first got into the Posting Competition and such; I was actually getting quite into it. There were times I left my computer on the whole weekend while I was away, running an auto post program (the rules don't say not to!
), just to get a high point post. As if running that program wasn't cheating enough, I decided that I would need a second account, so that I could create lots of posts without double posting, so that I could get more points. I also figured that endless fun could spawn from a second account.
So, I needed a name for this second account! I figured I would try to be funny with the name, and make the name very similar to the name of an existing account. I liked Happy Cheesecake's name. So what did I call the new account? Happy Strawberry Cake!
About halfway through the post approval period that all new accounts go through, the Happy Strawberry Cake account was banned. When trying to log into the account, the ban screen stated that the reason for locking was "Duplicate accounts not allowed". Normally, I would have interpreted this the way it was intended (it's not permissible for one use to have two accounts). However, because of the name of this new Happy Strawberry Cake account, I thought it meant that no two accounts of similar names were allowed. This assumption was reasonable, since the new account's name was so similar to the name of an already existing account, and I had no clue that the mods were able to tell that I was the owner of the new account.
I let a little time pass by before trying it again.
Then I created another new account, this time making sure that it had a name very unique from any existing member.
Almost immediately, that account too was banned, and if my memory serves, my Dark Basic Dude 79 account (yes, that used to be my name) was slapped for a time period. This surprised me! Again, I had no idea that the mods knew I was the one behind the new account (my knowledge of website administration was lacking). The mods told me that they used my IP address, and a 'few other methods' to determine that it was me (perhaps, maybe, the fact that I would log out of my regular account and immediately log into the new account?
This created a little friction between the mods and I. I tried to contend my point of not being clear on the meaning of "Duplicate accounts not allowed". While my argument was indeed true, they understandably did not accept it.
If I can recall, I argued with the mods until I feared that further arguing would get my regular account banned. I think that's the end of that story, for the most part.
That was one slap, but I also got slapped one other time. I believe I was talking about a certain programming language, the name of which is Brain <bad word>. I starred out the vowel in that word, but I left the consonants as they were. While I did not post the actual word itself, it was very obvious what word it was. A few hours after posting, I noticed that a mod had edited out the word, like so and with these words: [mod edit]dangerously close to getting slapped[/mod edit]
. While the mod's action is now understandable to me, at the time I found it quite unreasonable. An argument ensued, and I ended up getting slapped.
Hmmm, come to think of it, that slap may have actually come from creating too many incredibly obnoxious posts with way too many emoticons and such... Either way, the two events occurred near each other, and neither helped the mods' opinions of me.
I also got banned once for a few days, and to this day, I have not been told why. When I received my slap, it had been (only!
) five or so days since my last argument with a mod had occurred, and I hadn't done anything wrong since then, other than a potentially misread joke post. It is possible that a mod who hadn't been online in a few days logged on and saw that argument, and decided to ban me for it. It's hard to say, really! I don't care too much as of right now, and I currently hold no grudges against any moderators. It's all a few years in the past.
Since then, I have really shaped up my act here. Let's just say some maturing has happened (I was only a 4 year old tot when all that happened; I am now 7, turning 8 next year), and I have learned that arguing and taking things personally, especially on a volatile medium such as an internet forum, never leads to good.
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