I’ve Been Banned from a Channel!
On GeekShed, channel moderators are free to ban anyone from channels they control for any reason at all. They do not need to explain the reason, and they do not have to be “fair.” Since every channel is different, you need to look at the situation and figure out the best approach:
- Check your ban and/or kick message for details on what went wrong. When someone bans you from a channel, you may find the reason in that message. If there are appeal instructions there, you can follow them if appropriate.
- In some channels, you can just wait the ban out. In channels where basic bans are only 3 hours, waiting is probably the best solution.
- Look at the Channel Appeals page for an appeal process for the channel.
- Follow the instructions if the channel is listed. Wait for channel staff to reply.
- If the channel isn’t listed, they have no appeal process. If you are in another channel with the person who banned you, you can ask him if you can talk to him privately.
- When you post an appeal or ask about a ban, be polite and respectful. Apologize if you have broken channel rules, and calmly explain why you think the ban should be lifted. You might review the guidelines on Manners and Polite Behavior on GeekShed as well as any rules posted for the channel itself.
- If the ban stands or cannot be appealed, just accept it and move on. Don’t try to force your way into channels where you are not wanted.
And a few don’ts:
- Do not complain or ask about the ban in other channels (that includes #help).
- Do not PM network staff. Opers will not get involved in channel bans.
- Do not post complaints or arguments in the GeekShed network forums. You’ll just get yourself banned from the forums as well. It’s okay to post in a channel forum specifically for appeals, if one exists (for instance, as in the case of #chris or #ericjess).
- Do not rejoin the channel until the ban is lifted. Do not use a BNC, a new connection or alternate nick to rejoin. These actions are ban evasion and you will be banned from the entire network, not just the channel.
If you happen to be looking for information on a ban from the GeekShed network (rather than from a channel), please check the Ban Appeals page.
—posted by Tengrrl/Bunny