There seems to be some recent confusion about multiple registrations on Dogforums. I am confused by the confusion. This is probably the most cut-and-dry rule we have here. There's no grey area.
There are several bad reasons to re-register:Quote:
13. Each Dog Forum member is limited to one ACCOUNT/ALIAS, unless otherwise authorized by a Dog Forum Administrator. Protect your password and your account. You are responsible for your account regardless of compromise or stolen password. RE-REGISTRATION after a temporary or permanent ban will result in non-negotiable permanent 'no appeal' ban on all accounts you have created.
1) To evade a temporary or permanent ban.
2) To come back and argue with the moderators, via PM or public post, about a temporary or permanent ban.
3) Because you've forgotten your user name or password. (There is a process to have your username emailed to your registration email and to reset your password. If you've forgotten your username and password and your email address, you should probably focus on getting your life together instead of hanging around Internet forums.)
4) Because you want an online sockpuppet to agree with your posts.
5) Because you anticipate being banned at some point and want a back-up membership.
6) Because you've embarrassed yourself on the forum and want a "fresh start."
None of these are legitimate reasons. There is, actually, one legitimate reason that I've encountered here:
1) Your user name is inappropriate (e.g. your email address) and the moderators have asked you to create a new one, while we delete any posts from the old one and ban the old account.
Last night, we banned the same member six times for multiple accounts. If you are banned for this reason, there is no appeal, no reprieve, absolutely no chance of reinstatement, so there is no reason to re-register just to come back and argue about it.
Sometimes, multiple registrations may go undetected for months or even years. There is no statute of limitations when you are found out, however. All multiple accounts will be banned permanently and there is no appeal process. In every single case, the paid administrators have backed up the volunteer moderators in these decisions.
If you are temporarily or permanently banned for any reason, you have no legal right to demand that all of your posts be deleted. Once they are posted to a public forum, they are no longer your property. If your posts appear to have no real value to the forum, we may CHOOSE to delete them, but - in most cases - they will remain, to avoid disrupting the continuity of the threads in which they appear.
Finally, we recognize that most of the people who don't read the forum rules are also unlikely to read this post, and that's okay because ignorance is no excuse. You don't have to be familiar with the rules to be subject to them.
If there are any real questions about any of this (and I can't imagine why there would be) we'll try to answer them here.