I'm going to lay out very specifically why a large number of posters were banned primarily for behavior that happened on this forum. Taken directly from the Forum Rules:
By registering to join this forum and have posting privileges, you are entering into an agreement to abide by the rules of this forum. If you do not believe you can honor the rules, please refrain from registering.
It doesn't get any more black and white than this. When you joined yo had to click on an "I agree" button that you had read the forum rules and agreed to abide by them. Don't like the rules or how the forum is moderated? Don't join. As simple as that.
As stated further in the forum rules, moderators have no obligation to explain why they have taken the moderating action they have so if you publish a thread wanting to know why your thread was closed, don't be surprised if you are permanently gagged from participating on this forum.
Every person banned had publicly questioned, complained or demanded the moderators explain their actions or express disapproval of the moderation. The vast majority of them had not bothered to privately PM a mod or use the report feature to assist moderators in doing their job. I personally spent hours going through the Moderation Log to document every one of the 167 members who, in a 30 day period, had made reports and than I compared that information to who was making public drama over moderation. In fact, anytime you see public posts griping about moderation, it should be a red flag that perhaps this person is creating drama and needs to be reported. Hundreds of people successfully use the Report Post feature and many, many people know they can privately PM a mod with a concern, even concerns about other mods! The forum rules will be amended in a day or so to reflect the further clarification.
If you donít like the moderators, the forum owner, or the way this forum is moderated, please donít register and post.
It should go without saying that adults know how to walk away quietly from forums they dislike whereas children rant and leave Good Bye Cruel Forum posts.
It's obvious that there is a lot of bitterness and resentment about perceived moderation choices. It's also obvious that people did not walk away from the forum with dignity or decorum whatsoever.
Etiquettehell.com and its affiliates reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to edit, refuse to post or remove any material submitted to or posted on the forum. We also reserve the right to gag and/or ban people deemed to be unedifying to the health of the forum and not feel any obligation to explain why. Either you trust that the moderators of this forum are acting with its best interests in mind by way of majority consensus or you donít trust them. If the latter, please refrain from registering for an account.
This is the third time the "don't like it, leave or don't register" rule appears. It doesn't get much more explicit than this. It's a big Internet world out there and I am sure there must be other forums which are better suited to those who dislike the Ehell style of moderation.
The vast majority of the recently banned violated most or all of the above forum rules. Then some violated this one:
It has been a very longstanding and previously unwritten policy of the forum owner that anyone bringing trouble to the forum will be automatically banned. "Trouble" is defined as, 1) making a post on Ehell linking to another forum, mentioning them by specific name or hinting in such a way that it is obvious who or what forum is being referred to for critical commentary. General references are OK (example: "A wedding planning board I use to post at.....") 2) Posting trash talk in other forums or blogs that directs or points unwelcome "visitors" to harass the Ehell forum or encourages a forum war in any way.
Hostile, embittered members who could not walk away from the forum are what I would describe as "unwelcome visitors" but I'll amend the rule to clarify its meaning for the legalists.