Have you ever banned someone from your blog or website?
I’ve never had to do it, but my beloved has on more than one occasion. She has a particular post which draws a lot of traffic, and with a lot of traffic come trolls. She gets people who think it’s their sworn Internet duty to revile, insult and demean the poster and other commentators because they either don’t like what was said, or don’t like the comments associated with the post.
I’ve been banned from deviantART pages in the past, too. Don’t know how I earned that particular distinction, but I did. And frankly, I was glad of it. I didn’t care much for what and who was happening at the time, so being banned didn’t exactly break my heart. I didn’t care, actually. And the banning wasn’t by deviantART, it was by one of the users (the users can block people from being able to comment on their pages or work if they so choose).
But I don’t think I’ve been the cause of someone being banned, and I don’t believe I’ve ever been banned from a site. And I know I’ve never banned anyone from this site – or any other site I operate – for any reason. I just … don’t worry that much about it. “It” being what people on the Internet have to say, about me or anything I post.
Nevertheless, this is my blog, my domain, my house as it were. I can prevent anyone from saying anything I choose, can stop anyone from being able to step in here and say things. This isn’t an open forum where anything goes. There are no rights to free speech here. If I don’t like someone or what they say, do or believe, I’ve full authority and privilege to tell them to kiss my hairy fat behind and block them from access to my blog. Their rights to say whatever they want whenever they want stop at my blog’s front door. Period.
I’ve never exercised the privilege though. I’m not sure I will, either. But are there circumstances under which you would? Is there a set of conditions you’ve set up, even if they’re only in the back of your mind, which when met will trigger bannage? What’s the “hot button” for you? Where do you draw that imaginary line, if it exists for you? Is that the measure of last resort, or are you ready to do it when you feel it’s warranted no matter how small the offense might seem to others?
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