Do you realize that your site is based upon fan loyalty and traffic? If no one visits you, and the advertising $'s aren't there, then what happens? Will the "magical bandwidth fairy" (who bears a striking resemblance to Sammy Davis Jr.) come down and grant you unlimited access?
I think not Sir/Madame!!
After careful observation of your post, I couldn't help but notice a few inconsistencies...
"The main reason for the shut down was to serve as a time-out for everyone to cool down. Emotions were high, and a bit of reflection seemed in order."
"Time-out"? This was not a "time-out" in any sense of the word! You basically shut every person out, guilty or innocent, because of the actions of a minority! I graduated kindergarten with honors tovarisch...I do not do "time-outs" any longer! Granted these boards are not a democracy, but why punish so many loyal fans just to prove one self-serving point?
"This board is about Survivor. Anyone who wants to discuss / make fun of Survivor is welcome. In particular, the Survivor Sucks forum is for making fun of Survivor - not for attacking others or trying to fracture the community. Please keep your posts on-topic."
Thanks you for stating the obvious! I was certain that this was a board about "Chinese Algebra and its relation to the male genitalia". I salute you for pointing out the error of my ways! So...your basis for banning is:
1) Anyone who posts off-topic (If that is the case, then there shouldn't be a single person allowed on the board! I cannot think of anyone who has NEVER posted off-topic on ANY of the boards!)
2) Anyone who offends your delicate sensibilities/has the sack to speak up on their/others behalf.
3) Anyone whose nic begins with a vowel or a consonant.
"If you see that your post has been deleted, take that as an indicator that it was inappropriate. Please do not re-post it. If you continue to do so, you will not be welcomed back."
See above example for explanation of the "banning rules". It is mind-boggling that in a country that practices "free speech" we find ourselves oppressed in something as mundane as an internet message board. I am sure that @#%$ had this in mind when they registered you!
"If you have any questions about the board or its operation, or if you feel that you have been unfairly treated, please put your inquiry - in civil tone - in this forum only."
Ummm....excuse me "Professor Peabody"...how can they possibly plead their case with you, or explain themselves when you have BANNED THEM FROM THE BOARDS!! It is this kind of circular logic, this drooling attempt at pacification that angers me so much! You have NEVER replied to any of the posted questions...why should we think that you would magically reply to any new ones that we post? Will the "Reply Fairy" (who, understandably, looks like Imelda Marcos) alight on your shoulder and lead you to the path of righteousness? Please...I may be insane...but I am not stupid! This insane spatter of words that you have unwisely chosen to post as a lame-arse excuse is the rhetoric of a dribbling man-child.
Rethink you standards...and check your belly for the proper amount of guts! Either apologize to all those you have offended, or rename the site to:
"Mein Fuhrer, Mein Friend"
At least then we will know what we are getting into!