This comment in from Citydweller, the administrator of the LancTalk.com forum under “HABLA INGLES?” below:
Artie was never banned, or even warned. He is still a full member of LT with full posting privileges, but he chooses not to post. That’s his deal, and it’s not my job to beg him back in. He was taken off the mod squad because he created the impression that he was planning to “out” a member in a rather volatile thread. Members can play that game, to a point, especially if they’re joking around, but staff cannot, ever. We have a large non-member audience that reads the site regularly, and most likely don’t know the in’s and out’s of “who’s who and what’s what”, and could take such a threat seriously and decide never to join our site due to such a statement, whether in jest or not.
As for Sammy, he’s had several time-out’s, including being fully suspended for a week followed by being fully moderated following that. You can only swat at a gnat for so long before you have to move on to the rest of the world. He likes to keep his toenails right at the line, which is his right, but if he goes too far too much, he’ll meet the toaster.
Galty, old boy (and others reading), it’s hard to maintain a balance between the constrictive vacuum of talkback and the complete chaos of philly.com, but that is what we strive for. Room for everyone, within reason. The real problem is that people just think we all have 3G iPads and watch every thread 24-7-365 to contain their little issues, instead of just hitting the “report” button so we’d actually know someone’s panties were in a bunch. Actually strikes me as odd, you know, whining about LT issues with other posters on other forums, instead of just reporting their problems by hitting a little button right in the thread. Kid you not, we’ve had three reports in three months.
Sorry to be so long-winded, but more people seem interested here in Becky-Land about how LT is run than on the site itself. In short, Artie was never “shut up”, he was simply demoted from moderator to ordinary member, and Samcro is to-date probably the most-punished member in our brief history, short of being banned.
Strikes me as odd sometimes that so many armchair complainers will spend time denigrating us on others sites without even taking the time to set up camp at LT and see how well they fare on their own accord. Truth is, the best way to be heard is to come the hell in and speak you peace already.
Please check back later today.