The reason given for the ban was I was "being uncivil". I fail to see what I said was being uncivil, as I never used any foul language, or even made anything that could be regarded as uncivil. The reason given is even more absurd than the ban.
As I was immediately confused by being called uncivil I repsonded by PM to the mod that I wished him to rescind the ban, and also reinstate my post (which was deleted) as I felt it was harsh in the extreme. I told him that if I didn't get the matter resolved I would be going to DRP for a resolution. The following is the PM that he returned to me, which I found to be uncivil in itself and also abuse of power in my honest opinion.
|Go to DRP. Think you can win? Go ahead.|
I asked him could I post his PMs here but he refused, but I feel it is within my rights within the remit of the DRP to post PMs that occur as result of moderation action.
As a long term contributer to the Motors forum, and Boards as a whole I feel this ban is unfair in the extreme as I can't recall ever getting a warning in Motors let alone a ban. I feel the moderator has acted with some sort of prejudice which is evident in his PM.
I have consulted with a former and well respected ex-mod of Motors and he was in agreement that the action taken by Our Man in Havana was incorrect, although I know that this opinion carries no weight in this situation, but I have used to it gauge my own opinion. I am deeply saddened that such an action was taken against me, with no regard for my history on the site or the forum, and even more so by the flippant remarks made in the Private messages that ensued.
All I did was point out that three people, including a motors mod, were shilling, which on any other forum on Boards would result in a site ban for the user involved. I feel that the action taken by Our man in Havana was a reactive post to me pointing out the blatant and obvious shilling by his fellow mod.