I have decided to post this because I have just been banned from Seven Forums which is an American forum about Windows 7 computer software. That is it deals with issues about computer on Windows 7 and software issues web browser and all that. Well,I have been posting on Seven Forums for quite some time now.
And it just happened today Friday 14th October 2011 at around 5pm that I have found out I have been banned from the forum. What happened was this-I was posting on a thread about running Windows Movie Maker for Windows Vista on Windows 7. And one forum member posted on the same thread that he liked my You Tube video I made several months ago about the problems I had with another computer software forum-Linux Mint forums. He said-"Andrea I saw you You tube Video and I think it was fantastic."
So out of politeness I posted back on the same thread-" thank you very much.My video is just a sense of humour approach to how some forums are. But not all forums are like that. Some forums are very understanding and good."
Well,about twenty minutes later I tried to log into the site at Seven Forums and I got this message-
So I have been banned for life from Seven Forums. The offence,the thread was about Windows Movie Maker on Windows 7. And a forum member posted on it praising my You Tube video.Which was off the topic. And because I replied to the post thanking him,I was off topic. And for that they have banned me.You have been banned for the following reason:
Persona non grata'
Date the ban will be lifted:Never.
But when I went back on the site I saw that the member who talked off topic is not banned. But I am banned which is unfair. But most other forums won't ban you just for talking off topic. They will just move your post to another thread or tell you to start a new thread. But Seven Forums have chosen to ban me for no reason.
But this is not the first time I have had problems with a forum, a computer software forum that is. A few months ago C.Net forums restricted my account so I could not post. And they falsely accused me of having copied content across the web,copy write. But it was only when I explained to a moderator by email that I have several blogs on the web,all of which are mine. And my own You tube channel and that all the posts are my own work. And because I put a blog post from my blog on their forum they accused me of copywrite. And so I told them-Since when is it against the law to copy MY OWN POSTS? they are my websites,my posts and my work,to do as I want with.
And after I told them that they reinstated me with a warning to follow the terms of service. But before that I got threatened with a ban from Linux Mint forums, and was insulted by the members there. And called a troll and a hijacker of threads. And because I write about these experiences on my website and make videos about it on You Tube. I think that is the real reason why Seven Forums banned me. They just don't like me and what I say about forums(computer software forums) in my videos.
But it is impossible to stick to one subject in a computer software forum. Because in order to mention one software,you have to mention another software.
I looked it up on Wikipedia and persona non grata means person not welcome. But I did not do anything wrong. I did not write or post offensive content. No I did not. But I have been banned from Seven Forums for no reason. Just because a moderator saw or read something I wrote on the web and my videos in which I complained about the forums.Which were never posted on the forums. And for that I have been banned.
But the question is-what are my rights on a computer software forum? can they ban me as a person not welcome like Seven Forums have done? And can they ban me just because they Googled my name and read a post on my website and seen a You Tube video they don't like? Even though I never posted it on the forum?
I admit I made those videos speaking against forums to expose the horrible way they treated me. And wrote posts about it on my website for the same reason. But it is entertainment to most people.. Andrea Borman.