I love this place. Nothing I'm saying below pertains to ss.o in any way: Other online forums are hit and miss. In the early days, nothing seemed like it was really moderated, and people argued all of the time, especially over anything related to politics or current events. Now everything is pretty much moderated to the point where you get banned for anything and everything. There was a music forum where someone posted a guide to marketing. In my opinion, the writer was super lazy and rattled off a list of things that contained no specific details, and many items in the list were redundant. I posted a reply, not bringing up anything generally critical, but just saying that some specific examples would be helpful, then gave two examples of resources that specifically helped with things brought up in the list. I was banned from that site within minutes of posting that, not for posting outside links (which were 100% relevant in my assessment), but for being argumentative. Sure, it is their prerogative who they want contributing to their site, but, well, I'm definitely never going back there again based off of that experience, which in my eyes screams of stupidity. Then a certain news site that offers comments powered by DISQUS. I read an article there and thought I had an experience that would be pertinent, so I went to post, and received a message that I was banned from that news site. I had never even posted there before (I triple checked my history just to make certain). I tried contacting the moderator to see what was up, but there was no response. Another news site using DISQUS did not ban me, but removed all of my comments, but when I contacted them to ask why, they put all of the comments back up. I think that they must have had a rogue moderator there for a time or something. There are a few other sites I newly signed up for recently, which banned me for various reasons, in some cases I never even posted anything at all. One site that I started last year is even a paid service, and it banned me from commenting today, because I posted one comment praising someone else's analysis of something political, about six months ago, and someone flagged it as spam, just now, even though it was a two sentence reply on topic, and I didn't mention anything promotional or link to any outside sites. I don't really care if there's a way to contest it, I cancelled my membership there and I'm happy to move on. The trouble, to me, is that this is the trend. Moderators on some of these sites, especially the paid ones, do not want anyone actually posting thoughtful discussion topics that might make their own staff look in any way bad, even if it's simply that some lowly end-user of the site came along and had something thoughtful to say to build upon the discussion that the staff members started. When one or two sites pull this sort of thing, I just ignore it and move on, but having been banned from five sites in the past two weeks, when I only posted anything at all on two of them, and in exactly zero cases violated TOS...well, WTF? When it's a site that has shitty content anyway, it's like "meh, whatever," and you move on. I guess the one that really gets me is the paid site that seemed to have some actually good thoughtful discussion on it, about more or less everything. I was enjoying that one, but banning me over something that in no way infringed upon their TOS, especially when I was paying a nominal fee to have access to discussions there, just presses my buttons. Prior to the past two weeks, I had only ever been banned from a facebook group notorious for banning everyone there, and once, I was banned from answerbag (which no longer exists) after stupidly changing my user name to Hodor and spamming three or four different threads in the GRRM subforum with me popping in and only saying "Hodor." It was dumb, but in my defense, there was a lot of very similar stupid stuff going on there at that particular time, and I did get a number of laughs from several other users. Is anyone else here having any similar experiences out there in the world-weird-web?