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  • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 13 2023, @05:04AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 13 2023, @05:04AM (#1301242)

    There are lots of people here who are not conservative. Last I checked, users like DeathMonkey and Azuma Hazuki haven't been banned. Azuma Hazuki is very, shall we say, passionate in how she shares her political views. There certainly are people here who don't like the tone of how she expresses her opinions, but she hasn't been banned. No, only aristarchus has actually been banned. It stands to reason it is for something other than sharing his political views. That reason, of course, is doxxing.

    You know, I was involved with doxxing twice. Once, I was arguing on a public forum with someone I knew from IRC. During one argument, I thought he publicly posted details about me that he shouldn't have, though it wasn't doxxing. I was not pleased, and I retaliated by posting his address and phone number. I'm sure he saw it, but he never said anything to me about that. No matter what he posted about me, it was wrong for me to retaliate by doxxing him.

    The other time was also an IRC dispute, where I got into a fight with someone who I considered a friend. I'm pretty sure I got banned from a channel and he said some things to me that made me pretty angry. I asked a second "friend" from another channel to help me out and coerce the guy into unbanning me and taking back what he said. I knew better, that this "friend" was involved with phone phreaking and thought that sort of thing made him cool. Although I didn't ask this "friend" to do any doxxing, I should have expected he would do something of the sort. Nothing got posted publicly, but he obtained the address and phone number of the guy who banned me and told it to him. The guy who banned me, who had been a friend of mine, was very upset about what happened. He had been going to that IRC network for many years, but he left that day and never went back. Although I apologized, there was nothing that I could say or do that would change what happened or the impact it had on this person. Suffice it to say, he no longer considered me a friend, and he wanted nothing to do with me going forward.

    I was a teenager, and these took place over 20 years ago. There's a good chance that I'm the only person who remembers these incidents. I'm not proud of this, and I haven't forgotten how upset the second person was. Even though I didn't obtain or share any of his private information, and I didn't instruct anyone to do that, I am still culpable for what happened. It was wrong. Both of these things were wrong, and I greatly regret what I did. I have never done anything like that since, nor will I ever do so again. I haven't forgotten the harm I caused, and I'll never do anything like that again. Those incidents took place over 20 years ago. I was very immature then, and they don't reflect who I am now.

    I don't expect any of this will matter to you, aristarchus. You'll probably ridicule me for your honesty and try to use what I said to rationalize your own behavior. You don't seem to have a functioning conscience, nor do you appear to care about the harm your actions cause to others. You had a chance to accept a three month ban and to improve your behavior. You could have apologized for your doxxing and promised not to ever do that again. You could have stopped spamming articles with off-topic complaints. If you had apologized, admitted your wrongdoing, and changed your behavior, you would have been welcome to continue participating. You could have admitted that your behavior was awful, but you had the opportunity to change and make sure that the incident didn't reflect who you were going forward. You've spent the last year refusing to do any of that, and you've escalated your harassment and spamming. Just within the past month, you posted Runaway's name in a comment. You haven't changed, and you're not even willing to try.

    You earned your ban. You were given many opportunities to repent, and you've rejected every one of them. Your ban is not because of politics. It's because of doxxing and your absolute refusal to reform yourself.

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