Let me share an issue that happened to me last week. It may seem I was being ganged up on, but it’s not, it’s just coincidental.
1: Andre brought to my attention something I had said which another person had an issue with. We managed to resolve that issue to the mutual satisfaction of all parties involved.
2: jrodriguez , a forum moderator, brought to my attention that I was mentioning another store on the site. Since I had no recollection of this, I asked for more tangible proof of that. While jrodriguez did fail to provide said proof, he was able to tell me what “store” in question was at issue. Once that was revealed, I understood what he was talking about. Again, issue resolved. It also had ties to the above issue.
Look, the mods are human. They are also reasonable. Bans are often a symptom of a larger problem, mostly a series of failures to get through to the individual on the other end. That’s not always the case, sometimes something big happens fast and it becomes necessary to immediately enact a ban in order to prevent things from going out of control. Bans can be undone as easily as undone. The bigger question is WILL the ban undone just as quickly? That depends. Without knowing the whole story on a case by case basis, I’m not qualified to make a decision. I’m also NOT a moderator. I also am not sure if I will ever be asked to be a moderator, but that’s not my decision, nor is it an objective of mine.
My interactions with the moderators have been positive and productive. They bring an issue to my attention in order to prevent a problem from growing, escalating or becoming something worse. If you go into a situation with an open mind and looking for SOLUTIONS and willing to accept compromise(if need be), then it’s pretty amazing how quickly and easily problems can get resolved.
Regarding siblings and troublemakers hitting open browsers: Either lock the machine, use a short log-in time and teach them what is and isn’t acceptable behaviors. Ultimately, the moderator can’t tell the difference between you and whatever might be at the other end of the keyboard. The account holder is ultimately responsible for activities on the account.