Users banned

Jon Ribbens jon+usenet at
Tue Jul 17 18:10:05 EDT 2018

On 2018-07-17, Thomas Jollans <tjol at> wrote:
> On 2018-07-16 01:29, Jon Ribbens wrote:
>> Do you have any reason to believe the message at the top of the
>> thread purporting to ban users was genuinely from the moderators?
>> Because there are obvious reasons to believe otherwise.
> Care to elaborate?

Anyone can trivially forge a message from anyone, so there is no
reason to believe the message is genuine. Reasons to believe it is
not genuine include the poor formatting, poorly-written content,
inconsistent and insulting way the 'banned users' are referred to,
and the fact that out of the three people it purports to ban, one
was apparently already banned and another appears not to be a current
poster anyway.

If it is a genuine message from the moderators then they really need
to improve their policy to give clear warnings to people before they
are banned, and they need to PGP-sign official messages so that they
can be recognised.

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