Have you ever been “Banned for Life” from doing something – without knowing the reason why?
Earlier this month, during the riots taking place in London and other major cities in the U.K. I sent a few comments to the talkback forum in the Daily Mail Newspaper. As you can imagine the site was overwhelmed with thousands of posts expressing a variety of opinions – some very extreme!
Of course the TV channels were full of pundits – including one Professor of History – who expounded some un- popularly received reviews due to his particular assessment of the reasons for the general culture of anti-social behaviour among many of the youth in the U.K.
I sent a post generally supporting his viewpoint and a few other posts about the looting and arson that had taken place.
On August 8th I received the following e-mail:
Your account has been permanently de- activated for going against the Community Guidelines.
You are no longer allowed to post on the Daily Mail or other Associated Newspapers Ltd sites using this or any other user. Please be advised that should you post again we reserve the right to contact your ISP/employer and seek that action is taken against you. (My emphasis)
Senior Community Editor
|House Rules: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/house_rules.html|
This is an automated message from MailOnline.
I didn’t see this mail until a few days later and then immediately replied:
Can you please explain in detail what guideline I broke?
Sent 25th August
I have tried to contact you several times regarding an e mail you sent to me on 9th August informing me that I had been banned for life” from ever posting on your web site again.
My request for clarification as to the reason have been ignored.
Apart from the fact that a reasonable action would have been a warning for a first “”offence” I would like to know what I was accused, judged, found guilty and punished for- without being given the opportunity to make any representation on my own behalf.
A prompt answer, this time, would be appreciated
P.S. Most of the mails have been returned and microsoft claim that your site cannot accept mail on the published links.