Looking for a different HVAC forum to join because I am getting sick of the police moderators on this site, Last night I accidentally posted a response in the " pros" only forum and got the police moderator saying that my posting was removed and posting privileges may be lost. That's fine.. I did post in wrong location and it is their website to kick me out. The funny thing is my posting was saying to a homeowner not to DIY ( was a electrical wiring question) and to seek professional help. This morning ( after the dual Moderator police deal ) I reposted in same place stating that even though I posted in the wrong spot, My advice hopefully convinced this homeowner not to DYI which may have lead him to DIE. No "pros" came to offer this same advice, but buddy, the moderator police sure came quick for me.
ah yes those bad bad police, I think they did that to me too! so i applied for pro membership and AOP posting abilities! whats the big deal?
I was a part of an aviation forum for several years, run by one a guy, a midwest flight instructor. He was the mod, and always struck a fair tone, and many of us went to his funeral when he was unexpectedly killed in an accident, hit by another plane during training maneuvers.
Then, his family handed the forum reins over to another guy, a former pilot in the armed forces, who was an IT specialist and code writer. Overnight, things took a nose dive, as this atheist took down thousands of posts that mentioned God or anything that suggested Him to the new owner.
Today, that forum still exists, but instead of the community of friends and professionals it had become, it is a shadow of its former self; a sterile, small, nearly dead place with a few posts every once in a while.
Here, we have a group of folks who come together to provide a structure with some some rules. It is a reasonable balance between that sterile place and the kind of chaos that can be found in some places on the internet.
So, if you are warned about something, respect that warning.
If you want to post in AOP, get vetted for that. There is no reason for anyone to fear becoming a Pro member, either. That's paranoia.
So, it's not rocket science to avoid being banned.
I'm just sayin'....
[Avatar photo from a Florida training accident. Everyone walked away.] 2 Tim 3:16-17