Rikkitic: especially as member gible appears to have been censored for nothing worse than being a smartass.
It says it all. But he wasn't censored. Someone called him an idiot, he replied telling the person to go screw himself. So I removed both posts since both involved personal attacks, which is already in our Forum Usage Guidelines as a big no-no. So it wasn't just "being a smartass" but name calling. Because he is not the one who initiated I have not issued a warning.
Being a smartass can be annoying but it's no reason for any action really. Repeating it would be a different story.
Why do we have to justify every action we take when managing the forums?
Rikkitic: I don't quite get why Tor users can't even browse the site as anonymous guests (that 403 error). It just seems a little heavy-handed. It also seems a bit pointless as I quickly realised that it can be easily got around by funneling Tor through a web proxy. I still can't log on (which is fair and reasonable) but at least I can scan the forums again with my shields up. Question: So why do it this way at all?
Because blocking at web server level is quick to implement and doesn't impact in system resources or development time. Please read my previous reply. We might change it, but it's not a simple one day job.