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"I Got Banned for Disagreeing on BN!" Fact or Urban Legend?

Stephen Dunn

Actually, no I did not. There seems to be an Urban Legend that one gets banned for disagreeing with the moderators on BruinsNation. I find that to be very funny, and very sad. I for one have had my disagreements in threads, strong ones, but instead of being banned, I was asked to participate more.

What I have found is that those who come here and want to and are capable of reasoned debate, are welcomed. As with our University, intelligence and passion are welcome. With the passion sometimes come hurt feelings and sometimes some hurtful things get said. However, I think it is Urban Legend that one is not allowed to disagree and since the discussion about this came up again in one of today's threads it seemed like a good idea to start a separate place to have a macro-discussion about how to disagree respectfully on BN. Here is the comment I made about the issue (with a bit of grammatical improvement) to get the ball rolling.

I think it's urban legend.

We have respectful debate with a few slip ups. When people start attacking the people who run this site for being ignorant or whatever, that’s when they lose their voice. People need to be able to disagree about the matters at hand not question the abilities of N and others. I am now so amazed at all of the volunteer hours that go into running this place. The other sites are run by paid professionals. This one is run by unpaid dedicated Bruins who are professionals in other fields and who want the best for U.C.L.A. That is their only motivation and their only reward.

About the Urban Legend thing, a friend of mine was bragging about how he got kicked off and why. Well I went back to read the comments he wrote and he was lying to me about the whole incident. He was attacking the moderators and had never even participated before. I have found that by participating, the people who work so hard on this site know that you come here to participate, not just attack. These participants' comments and their motives are understood as disagreeing and trying to do the best for UCLA. Others come here just to attack. I would guess, in some cases, so that they too can brag about how they got kicked off. It seems to be a status symbol or something with some people around L.A.

<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of BruinsNation's (BN) editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of BN's editors.</em>

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