Sorry to see you are gone. A great loss. A shame to see democracy fail us again.
I am not sure what "democracy" has to do with this at all (me, I'm a monarchist, though, in case you didn't know).
I'm sorry, but why exactly was Matthew's account deleted? He didn't do anything seriously wrong, certainly not anything ban-worthy. Besides, why did you have to delete his account? Couldn't you have simply blocked him from posting? Forgive me, but this all seems very troubling to me.
The reasons why have been given, and there is no way to ban him from posting without banning his wife (I assume they share the same IP), whom everyone I know, including myself, finds sweet and fun.
I have known Chantcd personally, and I can assure you, Vox, and everyone else on FE here that Chantcd is not at all arrogant or disruptive.
I make no assertions one way or the other as to whether ChantCD is, in fact, arrogant; I said that there have been many complaints, and there have.
If you invite a bunch (say 800) into your house, you can expect not only to have your furniture move around, but also get coffee, beer stains, cigarette ashes on your carpet. Furthermore, these 800 will not sit down quietly but will be disruptive, argumentative, and many will be hotheaded. If you can't tolerate that why bother to have an open house. Keep your door close and invite only those who agree with your views. The problem is, FE's doors are wide open and anybody and his brother can get in. That's when free-for-all stars.
The ban has nothing to do with his agreeing or not with my views. If that were the case, a lot of people wouldn't have been able to post here much at all. FE's doors aren't "wide open"; there is a Rules and FAQ page that outlines what this forum is for and what sort of tone is desired. Some things won't be tolerated (for ex. misogyny, for which another poster was recently deleted), and things that interfere with the desired tone, make too many posters angry, disrupt the sense of "community" I want here, etc., I have to let go of.
Matthew did not sneak back in. He couldn't get back in with his ChantCD ID, so he had to use another ID. It wasn't a disguise. He identified himself. All he wanted to know is why was he booted so abruptly without any ceremony or explanation?
He could have asked why in email (and in fact did). He also felt the need to ask here, in public, thereby inviting a public response which I'd rather have avoided. As to why there was no "ceremony or explanation," I didn't see the need for any. I tend to have "issues" with personal confrontation anyway. That's just how I am, sad to say.
At least that was a courtesy extended to me when Sophia (one moderator) gave me a warning, "You won't last long here with that kind of attitude." I realized my mistake and apologized. To some extent I extended my latitude. Speaking of moderators, I remember sometime ago, each moderator was identified. Now you don't who they are. Secret police?
Yes, the moderators are the Secret Police, working in cahoots with the CIA and the Mossad. They have really cool double-naught spy equipment, too. But mods can be known by clicking on the mod list.
Now that's a question I have. Was Matthew given a warning about his "arrogant, disruptive attitude and tone" in his posts?
See above. Things had come up in threads, so he had to have been aware there was a problem without my personally saying anything to him.