The following plea in no way addresses whether BSH1 abused his power or not, to what extent and to what purpose. It merely acknowledges that he holds power.
My report on the events surrounding the HOF election will be out when it is ready, either in piecemeal or all in one shot depending on what the community wants to occur. You can discuss below to give me an ideal on how to pursue that. I am taking my role seriously, and all reports will be 100% accurate and the final word on the events that took place.
In reference to theHammer’s ban I have reviewed whether the ban in and of itself was legal or not. According to the letter of the law it seems like a legal ban. Section C of the code of conduct in sub-section 2, it appears BSH1 was authorized to ban the Hammer for disobeying a mod’s direct order who was acting with-in his authority. With that said there is some extenuating circumstances I am asking the chief moderator to look at and consider when it comes to the Hammer’sban, and hopefully he takes his job seriously enough to read on and consider the facts.
On October 18th the Hammer made a thread claiming to have manipulated the HOF election, it was concluded that he was trolling by BSH1 chief moderator. BSH1 attempted to get him to share screen shots of the alleged vote manipulation. This created a type of double bind for theHammer. IF the allegations were true then the Hammer would be betraying people he communicates with on Facebook routinely, making enemies that know personally identifying information about theHammer. If the confession was false, then coming clean would have also resulted in a ban. Either way, this is an inescapable doublebind.
In the confession it was stated that most of the early voters in the nomination phase of voting were recruited votes. The following people voted for RM in the early phase of nomination voting in this order;
I have decided to eliminate bsh1, virtuoso and supa as suspects in this pool of candidates and have sent PM’s interrogating the rest to determine if they were in Cahoots with the Hammer, I will release the information to the proper authorities once these individuals get backto me. Some of these names aren’t very active in the forum so it is reasonable to suspect a sort of conspiracy to get rational madman into the HOF among this group. I’ll see what is going on when these individuals give me their responses.
A Plea to BSH1
the Hammer did a very brave thing by confessing his involvement in trying to rig the HOF election. I think he genuinely just wanted the truth to come out. Unfortunately we will likely never know because he has most likely decided to be a martyr and will now claim he is lying to protect people close to him. I want to ask BSH1 to reconsider his decision on the length of the ban theHammer has. In order to get to the bottom of this conspiracy, I need access to The Hammer so I can interrogate him. Heseems to want to cooperate. It doesn’t look like his intention wasto take away a win from RM. He seems to acknowledge that RM would have won without his interference, and I agree. Even without the votes mentioned RM was an overwhelming favorite. It would seem that The Hammer’s only goal was to clear his conscience in a very public way.
The problem with such a lengthy ban in this scenario is that it discourages other users complicit in this plot from coming forward and being honest oftheir own accord. It punishes people who can expose conspiracies by showing them if they do come forward they will have to face not just consequences for their actions but severe consequences.
The best mod decision to encourage other conspirators to come forward is to reduce the length of the ban on TheHammer, and to possibly even give these people a limited immunity to confess their crimes. The other option is them staying silent and us forever losing the truth to the sandsof time.
- 1. In order to encourage other users involved in this plot to come forward, please unban the Hammer.
- 2. In order to allow me to continue my investigation into possible collusion and obstruction, unban the Hammer.
- 3. In order to encourage future perpetrators to come forward so that way a path to justice can commence, unban The Hammer.
I know it is tough to walk back a decision, but I think you should consider the evidence, swallow your pride and be mature enough to change your mind. In fact, I already think you are those things, otherwise I would not have even bothered writing this report on his particular situation.