I'm getting a lot of emails from readers who've been banned and want to know why.
Here's why: you fucked up long enough to overstay your welcome. That's why.
In order to keep the conversation level high and the community polished, a TON of moderation is required on the part of the BE staff. We (and especially me) don't particularly suffer fools gladly, so when you get a warning pay attention. By the time you've been banned and come to me asking why it's already too late.
Readers: it's very easy to get along here. Don't attack each other with epithets, don't attack fighters and if you're going to critique the staff be sure to keep it professional. The truth is feedback in the form of criticism of what we're doing is not only warranted, but necessary. But that doesn't mean you can fallback on juvenile instincts. Being an adult online and offline actually takes work, so if you're not willing to put forth the effort I can only suggest you find another site where you can comment in a manner in keeping with your expectations.
Believe me, we are happy that the site has such a vibrant community. And on the whole, the vast majority of the comments are just fine. Most of the folks who comment are great as well. But we run a tight ship around here. If that doesn't work for you, I'm sorry, but it's not changing.
It takes a lot of time and consistent effort to develop a reputation as a place for intelligent discussion. We will not trade that in for any reader or any comment any time soon. So when you get a warning, PAY ATTENTION. I also suggest talking to the person who warned you. An apology and an understanding of the infractions will take you a long way and keep you out of trouble.
You know if this does and doesn't apply to you. If it doesn't, carry on with business as usual. If it does, take a moment to evaluate what kind of behavior you want to exhibit online and whether BE is a good fit for you. If it is, come on in. If it's not, then you know what to do.