So. Today I received a warning on the LotRO forums. Someone asked in this thread this morning if they could post from more than one forum handle if they have more than one account. A reasonable question that I’ve probed myself in the past. Here was my response, nearly verbatim (because I’m kind of a smart cookie) that was deleted with an infraction:
You *can* have more than one handle and you can post from more than one account, although with the caveat in the above posted link to the community rules that you *may* or may not be asked to post only from a single account. It’s very possible that multiple-account family situations can exist where this can take place very legitimately, and aside from gaming the forum rep, it isn’t in Turbine’s best interest to be banning households for this, imo.
Here was my warning:
Harass, defraud, cause unwanted attention
Warning received for: http://forums.lotro.com/showthread.php?5749667-Re:-Forum-Account.&p=5749667#post5749667
While participating on the Community Sites, you must respect the rights of others to participate in the community. To this end you may not harass, defraud, threaten or cause distress and/or unwanted attention to other members or Turbine staff.(Community Guideline #1)
Stop trying fooling others into breaking the rules. This is a warning!
First of all, this is not a properly written English sentence. Secondly, it doesn’t correlate. How exactly am I harrassing or defrauding anyone or causing unwanted attention or threats to the Turbine staff? I was simply stating facts that I have verified. Furthermore, the GM apparently does not understand “the rules” (brilliantly stated by GM, by the way), namely community guideline #16, which does not explicitly ban posting from two forum handles on two accounts–in fact, the second half of the article implicitly condones it while admitting that it cannot really be enforced, suggesting poor, rude, and mal-intentioned use of it will be punished.
This moderation language is frankly frightening to me, and now maybe I see where the recent off-handed moderation complaints recently on the LotRO forums have been coming from. Fine, Turbine. I will refrain from wasting my time, going forward, where I’m evidently not a desirable community member.