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    This is the new moderation log that will be replacing the old one. This thread is a log on ongoing bans, bother permanent and temporarily, which were effectuated on or after October 29, 2019. Not included in this log are bans impacting accounts which were created exclusively for commercial advertising or spam-related purposes. The information given for each kind of log is clearly stated below:

    • Entries of permanent bans will state the date the ban was effectuated and provide a brief (not more than 500 characters) summary of why the user was permanently banned
    • Entries of temporary bans will state the length of the ban and the date the ban was effectuated
    • Entries of bans by request (i.e. bans a user requested be applied to their own account) will state the date the ban was effectuated.
    • Entries of closed multi-accounts (i.e. old accounts of otherwise active users) will state the date the ban was effectuated.
    As the new chief moderator, my goal is to make the moderation team more transparent with our process. Additionally, we believe that debaters expect their opponent to be able to finish their debates and will naturally be curious when someone is banned. I am moving the ban log from the miscellaneous section to the DebateArt.com section to make this thread more transparent and easier to see. 

    The moderator who made the ban ruling will also be included in all entries. Moderation will not offer public comment on the reasons for temporary bans unless and until either (a) the banned user returns and raises the issue publicly or (b) public interest outweighs the banned user's privacy concerns.

    If you have any questions as to why someone was banned, please refer them to this post. 

    If you are banned and want to appeal your ban, please email us at [email protected]

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    The next three posts serve as an archive for older public moderation action.
    Not all actions will ever be publicized (such as private warnings). 
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    Archive: A-M

    Date: 11/18/2019
    Moderator: Joint-modertor decision

    855h01E has been indefinitely banned with potential for review in 90-days after threatening to dox another user. After being warned by the moderation team against such action, he proceeded to make a thread doxxing myself and another user. The information provided in that thread was fake, but still shook up the other user in question. Let me be very clear: I do not tolerate doxxing. I take member's privacy very seriously.

    If the appeal is approved by the moderation team, he will be required to start a new account with a new username.

    Date: 11/18/2019
    Moderator: Joint-moderator decision

    8008135 has been banned as an alt of 855h01E. ban has been extended to permanent. 

    Edit (11/20) N1663R has been banned as another alt. 
    Edit (11/20) add Chocalateboi69 to this list 
    Edit (12/03), added Coollsquidward54
    Edit (12/05), added Creeperofmines to this list 
    Edit (12/09), added brandon1011 to this list 
    Date: 12/14/2019
    Moderator: Virtuoso

    AvoidDeath has been banned by request

    Date: 11/31/2019
    Moderator: Joint-modertor decision

    BrotherDThomas has been given a 1-day temp ban for repeated violations of the code of conduct, including personal attacks, cross-thread contamination, and excessive trolling despite moderator warnings. 

    Date: 02/04/2020
    Moderator: Joint-moderator decision

    BrotherDThomas has been banned for 1 week for a continuous pattern of behavior that includes cross-thread contamination, harassment, and ignoring moderation warning despite his most recent 1 day ban.

    Date: 03/05/2020
    Moderator: Joint decision

    BrotherDThomas has been banned for one month, for the same reasons as cited in his previous bans.
    Since being notified of this decision, he has started a goodbye thread. If engaging within it, please be respectful.

    Date: 10/29/2019
    Moderator: Virtuoso

    Bsh1 has been banned by request. I am deeply thankful for his service to this community. I will truly miss him. 

    Date: 12/17/2019
    Moderator: Virtuoso

    bsh1 has been banned by request. 


    Date: 12/14/2019
    Moderator: Joint-moderator decision

    disgusted has been banned for 14-days for a series of violations of the personal attacks section of the COC, with a previous hard warning a week prior and no sign of improvement.

    Date: 01/15/2020
    Moderator: Joint-moderator decision

    disgusted has been banned indefinitely (with potential for review in 90-days), for a continuous pattern of incivility to include the following clear offenses:
    All while showing no positive contribution to the site and community therein and ignoring numerous warnings; not to mention, daring the moderation team to ban him.


    Date: 03/10/2020
    Moderator: Joint Decision

    Seth has been banned for being a multi-account of disgusted, created before eligible for review.

    Date: 02/18/2020
    Moderator: Ragnar

    DynamicSquid has been banned by request.

    Date: 04/07/2020
    Moderator: Joint-moderator decision

    ethang5 has been banned for 30 days due to an unending stream of personal attacks, cross thread contamination, excessive trolling, disregarding moderation intervention...

    Two additional weeks have been added for an restraining order violation.

    Date: 10/30/2019
    Moderator: Virtuoso/Ragnar

    Harikrish's 90-day temp ban has been lifted following an appeal and a review. 

    Date: 11/02/2019
    Moderator: Joint-modertor decision

    Harikrish has been indefinitely banned for making racial attacks against other users and sexually explicative posts just days after being allowed a second chance. The moderation team believes that Harikish should be indefinitely banned. Additionally, Harikish promised us in his appeal email that he will learn from this and not repeat these violations. In light of these posts, he is hereby permanently banned. 

    Date: 03/23/2020
    Moderator: Virtuoso 

    LordLuke has been banned by request. 
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    Archive: N-S

    12/09/2019
    Moderator: Virtuoso

    Whattyourname has been banned as an alt of previously banned user, Nd24007.

    Edit (12/10) add Nailbiter to this list

    Other alts include: Alts: Superfly, Tax900, Sorrymilliontimes, High, 6000yyyt, whatthef, Toystory77, Shock555, Savethree, Tou88, Tjfour00, Fireball, Lion1950, Tyjlille, Bgyihf, Gggyyyy, Tellg, Sos33, Fog1000, Ggg666, Wrongagain, Wrongagain5005, Whybitch, Howdygut, Taguit, Bbby, Gyourbite, Heyu, Gotu, Tobad, Knowledgekim, 2499s, Thering, Exotic666, Mr.Wonderful, Toughasnailsg, Youarewrong, Meandyou, Joyous, Yeahuknow, Topfuck, Hmmuuu, Itcoming, Yeppers, MRTi, Imhere, Superhero, mynameiswhat, Fkyou1, Hyuytrdc, What99, Meone, Lllggg, Slug, Thefff

    Date: 11/12/2019
    Moderator: Joint-modertor decision

    PaulVerliane has been permanently banned for making a string of personal attacks and refusal to comply with moderation coaching and intervention. This ban was initially going to be a 7-day ban, but he made it clear that he has no intention to follow the rules in the future. 

    Let me make this clear, you absolutely may not call people pussy transgender homos, you cannot call people cowardly bitches, and you cannot threaten people. The moderation team does its best to do a "coaching-first" approach, but if you prove you don't want to improve, I'm sorry, but you're gonna have to be shipped out. 


    Date: 11/13/2019
    Moderator: Ragnar

    Several debates initiated by PaulVerliane and his various other alts, which lacked any posted arguments, and seemingly were only accepted after he was banned, have now been deleted.

    Regarding any arguments already prepared: nothing prevents anyone from instigating the same topics to make use of them.


    Update (11/18/2019): Another debate he was engaged in was deleted at the request of the instigator. Generally debates may be deleted at the request of both participants, for this both sides must state so in the comment section, then alert the moderation team. If both sides are not able to give input, it can still be reviewed on a case by case basis.

    Date: 04/15/2020
    Moderator: Ragnar

    ramdatt has been banned for 3-days, due to continuous personal attacks against most likely every member to which interacts.

    As a note due to his choice to make it public: He has previously been restricted from creating new debates, until such time as he expresses desire to give at least minimal participation in debates he has joined or initiated (20 debates, almost exclusively forfeited).

    Date: 04/19/2020 - 5/21/2020
    Moderator: Virtuoso

    RationalMadman has been banned by request. 
    Date: 4/25/2020
    Moderator: Joint decision

    Singularity will receive a three-day ban for excessive trolling and hate speech. Recent examples: This and this.

    Out of respect for their multiple ongoing debates, this will a short ban, timed to minimize any interference with said debates.

    Date: 03/12/2020
    Moderator: Ragnar

    Stephen has been banned for two-weeks, for a pattern of direct personal attacks, PM doxing, and disregarding moderation.

    Date: 12/11/2019
    Moderator: Virtuoso

    Supa has been banned for 7-days for violating a restraining order. 

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    Date: 12/13/2019
    Moderator: Joint-moderator decision

    TheRealNihilist has been banned for 7-days for a pattern of unprovoked insults toward other members.
    (This is a delayed effect, giving him opportunity to submit arguments in current debates)

    Date: 03/26/2020
    Moderator: Joint-moderator decision

    TheRealNihilist has been banned for 3-days for a resumed pattern of unprovoked insults toward other members, disregarding moderation, excessive trolling, and more.

    Date: 10/30/2019
    Moderator: Virtuoso

    YorkshireGold has been permanently banned for being the alt of previously banned user Type1/Sparrow. 

    Edit (11/16/2019) Add Quantumhead to the list

    Date: 02/26/2020
    Moderator: Ragnar

    Salixes has indefinitely been restricted from creating threads. As detailed in the public notice.

    Date: 03/10/2020
    Moderator: Virtuoso 

    In light of their previous ban, Salixes has been indefinitely banned for egregious COC violations such as this oneSalixes has been banned for using a multi-account, Willows, to circumvent his ban and continue violations of the COC. 

    UpdateManuel_LaybaAlpheusBespokedJaxaltonTim_TamBiz_kitIced_Vovo,  Monte_Carlo, and T-Rocks have all been identified as alts and likewise banned.

    Date: 03/21/2020
    Moderator: Virtuoso 

    I have deleted all threads started by Salixes' alts. Moving forward, any future threads created in violation of a pre-existing ban will be deleted. 
    Date: 12/19/2019
    Moderator: Ragnar

    Wylted has been banned by request.

    Various (not specific to any one user)
    Date: 12/02/2019
    Moderator: Virtuoso

    locked multiple spam threads in the miscellaneous forums. To be clear, spamming is forbidden by the COC and such threads were banned from the last MEEPs. To refresh everyone's memory, the COC defines spam as: "Posting or bumping spam threads, comments, or replies is prohibited. Spam is any content which is nonsensical or excessively repetitive." As a reminder:

    "For spam" threads are threads which are made for users to spam post in (e.g.  "yeet," "record attempt at most posts," "race to 127 posts"). Voting "yes" to this question will cause these threads to be treated as spam themselves, and deleted. It will not result in the deletion of existing "for spam" threads, but will cause them to be locked. A "no" vote would continue to allow these posts to exist and to be posted in (as long as they are in the miscellaneous forum).
    This measure passed the MEEPs votes and will be enforced. 

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    Date: 05/11/2020
    Moderator: Joint decision 

    weareacouple has been permanently banned for a series of adult photos despite multiple warnings and attempts to correct that behavior. Moreover, many of their recent threads made users uncomfortable. To be clear: There is no pornographic images allowed on DART.  
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    Date: 05/16/2020
    Moderator: Joint decision

    Singularity has been banned for 90-days, for routine use of hate speech against various groups and disregarding repeated warnings about it; attempting character assassination against other members (direct attacks, excessive trolling, etc.); and impersonating a 13-year-old girl to make sexual advances on a 14-year-old boy.

    While usually, controversial discourse is welcome here, the clear pursuit of harm and sexual exploitation of minors never will be.




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    Date: 5/16/2020
    Moderator: Joint decision

    BrotherDThomas will receive a 7-day ban, principally for publishing an insulting list of members. A key factor there is the missing consent that would be implied in normal discourse with them. This is not to be confused with a ban on alternative points of view or general abrasiveness.

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    Date: 5/21/2020
    Moderator: Virtuoso 

    RationalMadman’s self ban has been lifted by request. 
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    Date: 05/25/2020
    Moderator: Joint decision

    truthbomb has been banned indefinitely, for multi-accounting (alt of Singularity).

    Without prompting, expert multi-level analysis was offered comparing behavioral trends, topic selection, and more.

    This type of thing can be done as a statistical simulation, to which at the very most basic we could use the Poisson distribution to determine the odds of any two interchangeable users in any notable metric (being a dedicated voter, being a Karen, etc.) showing up within differing amounts of time. It's basically null for W2 to appear independently of W1's banning within that time interval. Still possible of course, but highly doubtful.

    Time was given for any new behavior to counter this, but none presented itself. This being a ban without absolute certainty, but weighted based on the need to protect the underage portion of the website against harm. It may be appealed by emailing: [email protected].
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    Date: 05/28/2020
    Moderator: Ragnar

    Dreadnought has been suspended until his birthday on June 3rd, for being below 13 years of age.
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    Date: 06/09/2020
    Moderator: Joint decision

    QueefJuice has been banned indefinitely, for Multi-accounting (specifically  an alt of Human), and obscene language or imagery in username avatar and profile description.

    LePelch has likewise been banned for being an alt of the same.

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    Date: 06/09/2020
    Moderator: Joint decision

    Stephen has been banned for 30-days, due to a pattern of unwarranted systemic invectives, exemplified by responding to "I'll leave you be," with vitriol. Borderline authenticity violations of making up stories about what people are doing in real life (e.g., hiding under their bed while using this site).

    This is magnified by a previous ban on 03/12/2020, and a renewed warning on 05/31/2020.
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    Date: 06/14/2020
    Moderator: Ragnar

    EricT has been banned indefinitely for multi-accounting and unwarranted systemic vulgarity and invectives.
    After 90 days, this may be appealed by emailing: [email protected]

    EricT2, and EricTbiggestfan, have likewise been banned.
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    Date: 06/16/2020
    Moderator: Joint Decision

    BrotherDThomas has been banned for 14-days days for spam. It is understood that this was done at the behest of another user, who is likewise punished equally.

    FYI, Jesus is not a site member, rather he is a public figure thus not protected by the CoC.

    Following this there is to be a one month full restraining order, with ethang5, lasting until August 1st.

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    Date: 06/16/2020
    Moderator: Joint Decision

    ethang5 has been banned for 14-days days for spam. And yes, contextually spamming requests for another member to spam, is itself spam.

    Following this there is to be a one month full restraining order, with BrotherDThomas , lasting until August 1st.
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    Date: 06/19/2020
    Moderator: Joint Decision

    After reviewing their history, the moderation team has decided that Singularity, AKA Wylted, will be indefinitely banned from the site.  This is an unusual course of action for the moderation team to take. A few key points that went in to our decision includes: 

    1. Repeatedly glorifying rape and sexual assault;
    2. Repeatedly glorifying hate groups
    3. Repeatedly glorifying sexual abuse towards minors, and most disturbingly, 
    4. Portraying himself as a 13-year-old-girl towards a 14-year-old boy; and 
    5. Multi-accounting to circumvent his ban. 
    Let me make this clear: The moderation team will not tolerate any glorification of Nazis, rape, pedophilia, and sexual assault. 

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    Date: 07/13/2020
    Moderator: Ragnar

    wlsw9 has been banned for being a presumptive alt of Willows: https://www.debateart.com/participants/willows
    Ban may be appealed by emailing: [email protected]

    Edit: add wllws9 to the list of banned alts. 

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    Date: 07/20/2020
    Moderator: Ragnar

    ethang5 has been banned for 90 days, following a resumed pattern of sexual harassment and disregarding both moderation intervention and polite requests from the target to cease.
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    Date: 08/01/2020
    Moderator: Ragnar

    Worldthink897 has been banned by request.
    Account bans may be appealed by emailing: [email protected]
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    Date: 08/11/2020
    Moderator: Virtuoso

    Zlata89 has been banned by request. 
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    Date: 08/12/2020
    Moderator: Joint Decision

    RationalMadman has been banned for 6-weeks. This is primarily due to the following...

    "Targeted harassment of any member prohibited, as is inciting others to do so at your behest."
    This one goes on endlessly. Claiming victim to the moderation team regularly via insisting roughly half the active user base are bullying him; while regularly being the instigator of conflict and following people around complaining at them obsessively.
    A recent example of targeted harassment against voters: complaining with obscenities and drama that someone's vote was not automatically deleted for being against him. This further doubles as low level vote tampering, via informing any other potential voters what to expect if voting against him; while insisting in the vote request thread that they've troll voted (implying it needs a counter vote in his favor, when their questionable vote already is) https://www.debateart.com/debates/2114-god-does-not-exist?open_tab=comments&comments_page=1&comment_number=12 (note, this was posted within minutes of the vote in question, denying any possibility for the admin team to review and delete it).
    A recent example of targeted harassment via the forms (this incident has since been apologized for, mitigating the crime but not absolving the pattern): Derailing a thread with insults rising to the level of extravagant made up stories about users basically because they played board games without him. https://www.debateart.com/forum/topics/4593-static-live-mafia-on-fridays?page=1&post_number=2
    Out of nowhere accusing a former member of criminal grifting (which has also since been apologized for).

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    Per the consequences section of the CoC"The specific consequence will depend on the severity and frequency of the violations, along with user history, context, and other relevant factors"

    His history is somewhat of a mine field in an oasis. An oasis because he is indeed an immeasurably valuable contributor (which is largely why bans did not come down much sooner), and yet also someone who almost routinely get obsessed with one person or another and engage in targeted harassment; in which he constantly victimizes himself.

    The following two items, while not adding to the length of the ban, do imply the need for some penalty.

    "Multi-accounting and any action indistinguishable from it is prohibited."
    Technically forgiven, but still of note with recent complaints of it not being more rewarded (over a dozen debates from an obvious fake account to give free wins were deleted).

    "Doxing is strictly forbidden. Without their express permission, you may not post, threaten to post, nor encourage others to post, anyone’s private or identifying information no matter how it was obtained." 
    Threatening to dox another user: While this is from a while ago, it does feed into history of poor decisions, particularly as related to being fixated on certain people.

    Whereas mitigating factors to decrease the length include him apologizing for some recent key issues, and even one of the people he was recently engaging in targeted harassment against essentially requested he be pardoned. At the same time, he responded to being informed the length was decreasing  in light of his apologies with pure vitriol.
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    Date: 08/17/2020
    Moderator: Virtuoso

    Lunatic has been banned by request. 



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    Date: 09/26/2020
    Moderator: Virtuoso

    Magira has been banned for being an alt of Type1

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    Date: 11/28/2020
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    BrotherDThomas has been banned 26 days.

    Repeatedly and malicious violations of the harassment rule within the CoC. Including obsessive attempts to derail unrelated topics with impertinent grudges, and the worrisome behavior of taking screenshots of someones profiles over time to use in off topic mocking if they change anything.

    The length is informed by the previous warnings and bans, but mitigated by the spirit of Christmas.
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    MgtowDemon has been permanently banned for a body of work spewing hate speech and general toxicity.

    This post was the mitigating factor in our decision. 

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    Date: 12/18/2020
    Moderator: David

    skittlez09 has been banned by request

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    Date: 12/30/2020
    Moderator: David

    Polytheist-Witch has been unbanned following an appeal.