You know what is really sad about this entire affair, all these hate groups and posts aren't being done by some teenagers, they are being done by "adults" and "mature" people...some into their mid 50's and beyond. Now, if that isn't pathetic, I don't know what is. What I find even sadder is that these people knew right from wrong but decided to be a part of the problem and not a part of the solution.
I'm not sure as to why these people think that it is cool to go to some forum, act like you are a part of said community, then decide to lower yourself to the level of trolling other users or attempting to create drama where none is needed.
I, personally, get quite a few PM's asking for clarification of things. If I can't answer the question, then I bring it before all the other admins and mods. We may not always agree on everything but we all definitely are ensuring that this forum and these boards are a safe place for people to post and to ensure that they aren't persecuted.
What I find even more entertaining is that those members that were banned are already attempting to create other accounts to get back into these forums again. Some of these members (e.g. Bookworm 317) have basically stated how much they hate this place yet they somehow need to come here as if it is their identity.
Some of the members, that were banned, and people are asking why don't know all that is going on. Yes, some have been long-standing members for many years but that doesn't mean that they can't go down the dark path either. Some of these "upstanding" members that have been so helpful and made the world full of puppy dogs and pink unicorns have also been the most vindictive. Some of the moderation reports I have seen from some of these people makes me shake my head and hope they don't have any kids they can transfer their toxic personality to.
Ehelldame has given anybody who wishes to appeal the ban ruling several avenues they can use to communicate with her and I'm sure the other mods info can be also gleaned by other members.
If you make or made a mistake, own up to it and explain why you screwed up. Yes, there were those who were members or who were aware of the FB group but they did nothing to stop it, did nothing to warn of what was happening, and we got left picking up the pieces. I mean really, do people truly have that much time to be causing problems on E-hell. If so, they need to get out and about a little more.
As for those who were banned, in my opinion, all the great deeds in the world can be quickly undone by doing dishonorable acts. There are many still on Ehell who I think are excellent posters and they have proven to be great sources of comfort and information.
This isn't the first purge that E-hell has undergone and it survived just fine, contrary to those naysayers who say it will only be inhabited by trolls. It seems that the only people making the loudest noise and the ones trying to get back in after they were banned are the trolls.
Irony is so ironic.