Lee Gib wrote:
You are more interested in being seen to win an argument then actually responding to what the other person is saying. It's pure arrogance and if this is how you debated on WATRB I'm not surprised they gave you a hard time.
The reason I got banned from WATRB was because mob-justice prevailed.
I joined as a new user in 2012, and I was critical of Mark Hughes (not because we got off to a bad start, but because I felt he wasn't the right man), and this pissed some people off and so they took a dislike to me.
The second point was that I defended Taarabt (the majority dislike him there), and so every time someone tried to make Tarbs a scapegoat. I defended him ... of course, I wasn't saying there isn't legitimate criticism of Tarbs, I just found the threads that we are where we are because of Tarbs to be madness.
Then there was a thread saying Muslims hate us and other nonsense like "not all Muslims are terrorists but all terrorists are Muslims", I destroyed those arguments, but it made me some more enemies.
Then I was critical of Harry, saying he will take us down, and that's when it started getting worse - people were getting mad at me and giving out abuse, and so I gave it back. At no point did I use profanities (even though they were used against me), but I am not one to let bullies get away with things.
The final straw came when there was a thread about an R who had died in Afghanistan a few years back, and someone created a RIP thread.
I posted something very similar to "RIP, so sorry to hear of this, I wish our politicians would stop sending our troops on endless wars so we don't have cases like this", and all hell broke loose. I was called all sorts of names, and the thread got polluted, and I got blamed. Ironically, all those claiming to support the troops ... well, I supported the troops more than them, because I wanted the troops to not go fight in endless wars! In the end, I edited my message (in case that guy's family sees the message and are offended - which I don't think is likely, but still), but the abuse continued, and then one of the moderator, a good one actually, said there were too many fights because of me, and created a poll whether I should be banned for life, and 60% or so said I should. And so that was it.
It's sad really, because I think most of the moderators were cool and reasonable, but ultimately, they have a forum to run and want to keep the majority happy, and so I had to go. Myths often get created, and one of the myth was that I was very rude and looking to start fights, but yet if I ask someone to find one post where I am very rude (without reason), they wouldn't be able to find one. The only time I called anyone any names like "stupid" was when that person had been bullying others by calling them names. I never called anyone any vulgar words (which others do). I never indulged in racism (whilst others do, like saying MBia and Diakite are proof that black players are athletic but lack intelligence) - yet these posters still continue to post, and I get a life ban.
Of course, I could easily create a sock-puppet and post and no one will ever know, but I am a man of honour, and sadly, the moderators did not reciprocate the honour and let me post one last thread on QPR before I left.