Well, This Is Awkward

Submitted by: squrlz4ever 1 month ago in Misc


So, a week ago, I said goodbye to IAB. The website had several serious problems and after mulling it over for months, I'd come to two conclusions: First, that things were unlikely to change here anytime soon; and, second, that this had become an unhealthy environment.

Much to my surprise, that farewell post seemed to be a catalyst for change. In the following 48 hours, one IAB'er, who'd gone way off the rails with mutilated, bloody squirrel photos and some vile invective (and had lashed out with over-the-top attacks that upended this community multiple times before) was finally banned by the chief owner of the website. Moderators, which IAB had been lacking for years, were appointed. And the issue of sock puppets is now being taken seriously, with promising talk of new verification procedures on the horizon.

If someone had told me two weeks ago that these positive changes would be coming to IAB this quickly, I simply would not have believed it. The website is now significantly different, and better, than the one I was saying goodbye to a week ago. For that reason, I'm rescinding my farewell, so to speak, and returning to frolic at I-Am-Bored. I am hopeful that we can all make this place a website we're all happy to call home, a place where silliness, jousting, and debate are welcomed, but implicit threats of violence and shockingly vile invective are not.

As I see it, we've all been given a website reset, if you will, by Fancy. I don't think we're completely out of the woods yet, but things are headed in the right direction in a big way. Let's run with it and make IAB shine like it never has before. There is an abundance of great content out there to share and discuss and there is a large stable of talent in-house. So let's do it, dammit: Let's have some fun and get this place humming like a top.

Fancy, thanks for making it all possible and thanks for listening to your users.

Lastly, I have one thing more to share. In the days after my farewell post, I was stunned by the quality and quantity of messages of support I received on here. I also received so many personal emails--some from people who haven't even registered with the website--that it took me the better part of two nights to respond to them all.

Here's what I took away from all that: When you communicate on IAB, when you share your thoughts, you are touching lives you don't even know. The emotions and relationships that are developed on here, in some cases spanning years, are real. Don't think for a moment this is all just an exchange of ones and zeros in an electronic Neverland. It is a community. I hardly know what to say except that you IAB'ers are amazing.

I'll see you in the threads. I've got some great content I hope you'll enjoy.

Squrlz out.
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I think you need to uphold your end of the deal, retire your name...and come back as a sock puppet.
Take your chances with the new mods, that you had a part in creating!

:)

welcome back.


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Male 6,994
bb17 I'll let other folks play with the sock puppets. I am sock puppet averse, so to speak. Thank you for the return welcome. I do appreciate it.
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Male 1,127
Squrlz my dude, I've been coming here on and off for the last decade or so and your presence has been a treat, glad you're coming back. BTW my fam buys walnuts and peanuts in bulk to feed our backyard squirrels, we have repeat customers that are basically part of the family, good dudes 
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Male 6,994
rammo34 Thank you so much, Rammo. You are collecting many SKPs (Squirrel Karma Points) by being so kind to your local squirrels. Bless you.
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Male 50
Thanks squrlz4ever, for being the catalyst for change, whether it was your intent or not. I mostly gave up on IAB over a year ago, for the same reasons, though I didn't do it publicly (I wasn't a big poster, didn't think it would make much difference, just like my complaints about 5cats to fancylad). I'm glad fancylad has finally responded, and taken steps to improve the environment on IAB. Seems like we are off to a good start, and I hope it's successful.
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Male 6,994
nomnomnom Thank you, Nomnomnom. Like you, I've got my fingers crossed (figuratively speaking). I love your username, by the way.
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Male 804
Congratulations! Your gambit worked. Welcome back now your foe is vanquished.
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Male 6,994
jayme21 First, this snarky comment of yours implies I left IAB as some kind of a ploy; that was not the case. Second, I don't think my "foe," as you call him, was vanquished so much as his own behavior caught up with him.
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Male 16,490
squrlz4ever of course it wasn't a ploy wink wink
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Male 22
I have been lurking on this site for years. That creepy feeling that you get every once and a while is probably just me looking over your shoulder :). I was getting ready to register when all of the hate started being thrown around. Then squrlz left. At that point I thought why bother. But things seem to be getting a little better now so here I am. Welcome back squrlz.
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drwhowho Thanks, Dr. WhoWho. I appreciate it. I'm happy you've taken the plunge and registered. I look forward to seeing you in the threads!

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NOTE: This is a response to a comment midthread by BoredHuman. I've placed it here to ensure that it isn't lost in the mix of 230 comments (and counting).

The comment is lengthy and not for casual consumption. It is written primarily for IABers, such as BoredHuman, who have a lot of interest in the topics of moderation, user behavior, and online communities.

Thanks!
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Hi, BH. Please forgive my delay in responding to your comment. As you often do, you have raised a number of significant issues and I felt you deserved a response worthy of the questions. It's taken me awhile to carve out the time required--but now I've found that time, so here we go.

Early in your comment, BH, you stated that by commenting on the website with a new identity, 5Cats wasn't, "strictly speaking," breaking any rules. Permit me to disagree. The chief owner of this website--and that's as high as the authority gets around here--has placed a ban on the person using the username 5Cats or, more recently, Christopher_Bourne. The ban addresses the user, not the account. If you'll think about this from the perspective of a moderator or website owner, I think you'll see why. To paraphrase the NRA for a moment, Usernames don't tell other users to fuck their mothers or kill themselves; users do.

The username is simply a tool used by an individual, and at every website I've been associated with, bans are directed at users, not their usernames. Ergo, it follows that a user cannot nullify a ban simply by adopting a new username.

I have been disappointed that 5Cats/Bourne has chosen to flout the ban imposed on him. If you'll indulge me for a minute, here's an illustration from day-to-day life that may make this situation a little easier to grasp.

Let's say that I was driving a car in my neighborhood and I was rear-ended by a neighbor who was doing 70 MPH in a 25 MPH residential zone. Terrible; as a result, I left the neighborhood because it seemed like a dangerous environment; and then, reasonably enough, the state of Pennsylvania suspends the driving privileges of the person who rammed into my vehicle. Based on that development, I return to the neighborhood--and the very next day, who do I see on the road but Mr. Reckless.

"Wait one minute!" I exclaim. "Your driver's license was suspended. What are you doing on the road?"

And the neighbor responds, "I'll drive whenever and wherever I feel like. Fuck the authorities. Oh, and if you try to stop me by booting this vehicle? I've got other ways to get a car onto these streets."

The illustration isn't perfect, but it captures the essence of what's going on: 5Cats/Bourne is, essentially, driving on a suspended license. It doesn't matter whether he's obeying the speed limit today. It doesn't matter if he's waved out the window of his car to my elderly neighbor ("Such a nice young man," she says). The fact is that his privileges have been revoked. By driving in violation of the ban, he is showing disrespect to both authority in general and this community in particular.

He has become, in short, a scofflaw.

What should the moderators do? They should delete every comment he makes--yes, even the nice ones--because until the ban is lifted, he has lost his privileges.

I suppose that may sound harsh. But frankly, in light of their content, deleting 5Cats' recent comments as Christopher_Bourne would be doing him a favor. His comments have been confrontational and outrageous. While driving on this suspended license, if you will, he's called me a psychopath; described those who've objected to his behavior as a "Gang of Thugs," even going so far as to call them Einsatzgruppen, or a Nazi SS death squad; and claimed that I will start "a new hate campaign" against another IAB'er. At no point have I seen any acceptance of personal responsibility. On the contrary, just as many of us have observed for the last decade, 5Cats/Bourne is pointing fingers and blaming everyone but himself.

Consider this: What would you do, if you were banned from a website? What would any of the other leading IAB'ers do if they were banned? While I can't speak for you or anyone else, I know what I would do. I would respect the authority of the site owner and stay off the website. If I felt the ban was unjust, I'd send an email to the admin and state my case. What I would absolutely not do is go onto the website in violation of the ban, make a new account, and start bad-mouthing anyone and everyone who crossed my path. That is, frankly, unusually difficult and toxic behavior.

I believe you already know, BH, that I have been a registered member of IAB for about a decade and have previously served as a moderator. I think it's fair to say I have some experience with moderation and community website administration. And what I'd like to share with you is this: No other online community that I am aware of would tolerate the behavior we have seen from 5Cats/Bourne for the length of time it has been tolerated on IAB. Indeed, one of the things that had always puzzled me about IAB is, Why has this situation been allowed to go on and on and on?

If you'll remember, a major reason I chose to depart IAB last week was because I expected nothing would be done regarding this user's most recent shocking behavior: the bloody, mangled photos of squirrels, the urging to me to kill myself, the illustration showing me how to slit my wrists, the statement that I should "fuck [my] mother again," et cetera.

Over the years, I have seen many people leave IAB due to this one individual and the toxic atmosphere he creates. Over the past week, of the scores of emails I received from registered users and unregistered lurkers, at least a dozen were from people who said 5Cats' behavior had caused them to leave the site. If you scroll through this thread and my departure thread, you'll see many similar comments. Overall, the sense I have gotten from the IAB community regarding the ban of 5Cats/Bourne is, Thank God and it's about time.

This isn't scientific, and I could be wrong, but I have suspected for years that IAB's growth has been stunted due to the prevalence of this one user on the website. That is simply the judgment of one rodent who has been an IAB member and also an IAB moderator over the course of a decade; take it for what it's worth.

Why do I say this? It all comes back to toxicity.

This one user has always approached IAB as if wielding a splitting maul: It's ME (a persecuted individual fighting for truth) versus THEM (the IAB Liberal Brigade, liberals who can't do anything but lie, the DNC-mouthpieces, or the Einsatzgruppen). People on the website who agree with 5Cats/Bourne's positions are likely to receive a LOLZ, an eh?, or a happy face :-) in response. Those who disagree are likely to be told they are "stupid cunts," they should "fuck [themselves] with a broom," or they should "go KYS [kill yourself] immediately."

If you have the mindset of a moderator, and I think you do, all of this should jump out at you as toxic behavior. This kind of conduct doesn't build online communities; it destroys them.

This toxicity also raises a question recently voiced by both Barry9a and yourself: If 5Cats/Bourne dislikes so many people here at IAB--if he considers the moderators, and by extension, the site owner, to be comparable to a Nazi SS death squad--why does he want to be here? Why would he not choose to find a community more in tune with his outlook, where he might be able to avoid continual conflict?

The answer, I'd suggest, is that this user feeds off such conflict and may, in fact, be addicted to it.

Over the past few days, BH, you seem to have taken up this user's cause, in part, no doubt, because of a fundamentally good nature. You want to help. You've stated that you think IAB may be important to 5Cats/Bourne's well-being and he shouldn't be deprived of this social outlet. While I admire your empathy, I think some caution regarding that approach is in order. I'm going to guess that, like me, you aren't a psychiatrist. Even if you were a psychiatrist, I don't think it's advisable to diagnose someone and determine the help he needs based on his online comments.

My point, simply, is this: I think it's difficult to say whether continued activity on IAB for 5Cats/Bourne would be helpful or harmful. Over the past decade, despite over 40,000 comments, the behavior of 5Cats/Bourne has not improved and, arguably, has gotten worse. Several IABers in just the last few years alone have expressed concerns that this website, and this one individual's "ME Versus THEM" siege mentality, is bad for his mental health. All of this takes us back to the reasons why I left IAB about a week ago: The website, I wrote, wasn't good for me--or anyone else for that matter. And that included 5Cats/Bourne.

Lastly, you mentioned the need for written community standards. I am in total agreement with you on this. For the moderators to be able to do their job efficiently, effectively, and fairly, written community standards are a must. I believe Fancy and the moderators are in the early stages of putting those together. They need time and space in which to work, which is all the more reason it's important 5Cats/Bourne be kept off IAB for the foreseeable future. I would much rather the moderators be working on community standards than rushing to put out one fire after another in the threads as 5Cats/Bourne violates his ban and causes noisy arguments and flame wars.

Until such standards appear, you might want to take a look at the User Guidelines over at Chaostrophic. Those rules were written by me for IAB back when I was a moderator here. If memory serves, they were in place for about two years prior to the transfer of IAB off the platform used by Demand Media.

That's all I can think of for now. I apologize for the wall of text, but the issues you raised are complex and required some length to cover adequately.

Thanks!
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squrlz4ever The reason I registered after years of lurking is because you came back.
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Male 6,994
semichisam01 Thanks, Semi. I'm not sure I've done anything to deserve that honor, but I'm touched just the same. I hope you have a great time on IAB in the weeks, months, and years ahead. Some of the most interesting people I know are IAB'ers.

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squrlz4ever
   My concern is that it is unclear what the ban means. You interpretation of the ban is reasonable, but it needs to be confirmed by fancylad. The moderators have only deleted Bourne's comments, but have not stated why (maybe I missed it). christopher_bourne stated right from the start that he's 5cats, yet he's still here. I agree that it would be best if 5cats contacts fancylad and they work out what the ban is.

   My concern is that the moderators make bad precedents when it comes to 5cats. I would urge the moderators not just delete the comments, but state why they have been deleted (the have done it for other users already). In 5cats' case, it's because the user was banned.

"I think it's difficult to say whether continued activity on IAB for 5Cats/Bourne would be helpful or harmful." 
   A change of pace, a break from IAB would certainly help 5cats. Maybe he doesn't need IAB. Or maybe he'll find he misses arguing with other members and will be willing to tone down his rhetoric. I just hope he doesn't go on a revenge trip, burning all bridges by creating new accounts as they're banned. I hope some day you would welcome 5Cats, if he proves that he can obey the rules and be civil. 

The user guidelines look like a great start. I'd love them to be incorporated in IAB. IAB is entering a new age - it's exciting and challenging. It's nice to have you back, helping guide IAB in the right direction. 
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Male 814
boredhuman I suspect that they only delete the content of the comments, so that any replies to him can remain.
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Male 963
muert That's correct. Currently, 5cats' comments are changed to "Comment deleted." I'd prefer they would be changed to something like "User banned: comment deleted" or even "User banned for breaking terms: comment deleted."
A clear message should be sent to both 5cats and unaware users reading the comments: the rules are enforced now. 
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Male 16,490
boredhuman who died and made you site Admin? Nobody cares how you interpret Fancy's judgement and nobody's listening.
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Male 963
Draculya My point is that fancy's judgement should be made clear. If you feel like it was clear, please feel free to link his quotes that clearly identify what his judgement is.

I'm interpreting fancylad's position in this thread:
5cat's comments read: "DELETED COMMENT --Fancylad"
"5cats is gone" ... "He's been banned." "He got around it. You won't be seeing the 5cats account anymore. I found a hardcode workaround."
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If [5cats] has any aliases, I'll delete those too, but that'll take some research."

christopher_bourne was clearly an alias created after this statement was done. Was this 5cats alias not banned for a week, because there were technical hindrances or because fancylad did not intend that account to be banned?

Now that christopher_bourne is banned (just like 5cats), it should be reflected in the deleted messages. And if there are any new suspected copy5cats, those comments should be edited in a similar fashion - with an explanation. 
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boredhuman Thanks, BH. All good points you make, and I appreciate them, as well as your kind words.

In terms of welcoming 5Cats back at some point, I'll never say never. But I can't even conceive of that being possible as long as he insists on disregarding the authority of the website's owner and the moderators. Participating in a community website requires an individual to have some respect for authority and some degree of self-control. I'm seeing neither quality in 5Cats at this point.
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Female 9,682
I was planning on emailing you once I stopped procrastinating, but I am glad your back on the site again. 
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Male 6,788
panth753. Same here
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Male 6,994
panth753 Thanks so much, Panth. (One of the reasons I've returned, to be honest, is I couldn't stand the idea of not being able to wave my paw now and then and exclaim, "Hi, Panth!")  ~squirrel hug~
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Female 1,605
I have been a true IABer for years (hell, my profile is even older than Fancys!) and yes, I dont comment all the time or make post contributions often, but it takes a strong head and the ability to not let others words/actions/whatever get to you. Thats why I have never offered to be a Mod. You guys do great work! Keep it up Squrlz!
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Female 9,682
Naz14 Hey, I haven't seen you in a while. 
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Female 1,605
panth753 Yeah, I still creep the page but dont bother to comment, much!
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Female 9,682
Naz14 I'm starting to become more like that. I don't mind, but I do try to look out for things to share online.
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Male 6,994
Naz14 Thanks for the encouragement, Naz. I, too, think the mods do great work.

(To be clear: I am not an IAB mod now, but have been in the past. I've told Fancy today that I'd be willing to serve again, but we haven't had that conversation yet.)
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Female 1,605
squrlz4ever Ohhhh ok! I thought you were still one :P
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Male 1,481
Sweet!! Welcome back Squrlz!!
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Male 6,994
doiknowyou Thanks so much, DIKY. The seas are still a bit choppy, I see, but I'm happy to be aboard. Nothing this crew can't handle.
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Female 4,884
This makes me happy.
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Male 6,994
emmettyville ~squirrel hug~
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Male 803
I guess this is appropriate here. Don't be offended, am just teasing.
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Male 6,994
fuad119 LOL! I like it! I promise: My paws never touched a light switch.
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Male 13
Welcome back! I too had decided to stop visiting IAB because it had become toxic. If what I'm reading about who was banned, I will likely be back far more often!

I didn't comment often, but I was here a lot. Thanks, Fancy, for all the good work!
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Male 6,994
Madt Thanks, Madt. While you aren't exactly new, you've returned after a long absence and still have fewer than 20 posts. So I think that calls for a Welcome Wagon all the same.

Welcome back! I hope you do, indeed, start frequenting the site more.

*squeak squeak squeak squeak squeak*

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Male 304
(adjusts kilt)
A man may drink, and no be drunk;
A man may fight and no be slain;
A man may kiss a bonnie lass,
And aye be welcome back again.
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Male 6,994
mikesex Thank you, Mike, for that poetic greeting. I appreciate it.

~Squrlz glances at liquor shelf~ That reminds me... I'm out of Oban. I may buy a bottle today so I can raise a glass to this comment of yours tonight.
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Male 1,816
squrlz4ever Try a bottle of Stranahan's Colorado Whisky Sherry Cask. You will thank me later.
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Male 6,994
scheckydamon Noted. Next time I'm visiting the liquor store I like in Connecticut, I will be looking for this elixir of which you speak. Thanks for the tip, Schecky.
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Male 1,816
squrlz4ever Least I could do. The entertainment value of squrlz doing the twirly in the yard. Stay out of the street!
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Male 304
squrlz4ever I get mine from the Scots Malt Whisky Society, link to the New York branch below. Cask strength, so a little goes a long way.

https://www.smwsa.com/pages/contact-us
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Male 6,788
mikesex. You can tell the measure of a man by the length of his kilt
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Male 304
thezigrat Yeah, why I had to go back to trousers.

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Male 5,229
And now  who gonna buy  new    panties for  the  squrlz  galz ? 
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Male 1,149
piperfawn 
slutty squrlz galz don't need no stinking panties!



Slutty squrlz flappers let their flaps flap free!

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Female 5,247
buttersrules Nice whaps!
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Male 6,994
buttersrules Butters, Zig has built upon your creation. Thus:

Slutty Squrlz flappers
Let their flaps flap free!
Furious fapping followed.
Fap, fap, fap, fap, fap!

Okay, it isn't Robert Burns, but it's making me laugh.
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Male 6,788
buttersrules. ~ Flap flap flap ~
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Male 5,229
thezigrat "flap flap flap" flying squirrels?  
 
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Male 6,994
buttersrules A triple pun! With some sibilant alliteration thrown in just for the fun of it. You're going to make Gerry jealous.
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Male 5,357
So we get squirls back and 5cats is gone?

That's one of the all time bests trades in the history of the world.

Maybe fancy should become a GM in the NFL?
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Male 517
Glad you are back little furry one.  Seems like there is still a little bit of a sorting out to do regarding mods and banning/verification so in the mean time, just ignore any residual negativity and rest back on the number of decent folks who have your back.

Let fancy and the mods play whack-a-mole (moles are okay to whack right?) with the posts and just ignore it if you can!
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Male 6,994
wibble4321 Thank you so much, Wibble. There's a lot of wisdom and support in this comment of yours and I'm grateful for both.
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Male 198
Welcome back, my friend
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Male 6,994
david-morris Thank you, David.
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Male 198
squrlz4ever I'm obviously not a frequent commenter, but most of my comments have been in response to the insanity that you were affected by
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Male 1,149
@squrlz4ever 
in and out, like a fucking ninja....
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Male 6,994
buttersrules LOL! I wish I had those ninja skills. It's a bit more like "head spinning due to the rapidity of changes around here." Good to see you, Butters.
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Male 799
Welcome back furry one.
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Male 6,994
mrteatime Thanks, MrTeaTime. I'm still looking forward to chatting about fantasy novels with you in the near future.
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Male 6,788
squrlz4ever. Ever resd Richard Bach's Illusions? Great book
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Male 6,994
thezigrat I haven't. Could you provide a one- or two-sentence description? (Feeling too lazy to do my own research at the moment, and I'd rather learn the basic facts from you, anyway.)
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Male 6,788
  • squrlz4ever. It is written by the same human who wrote Johnathon Livingston Seagull
  • It is the story about a man who is being taught to be a Messia no it is not a religious book it deals more in the philsophy of life It is very easy to read and is very etertaining
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Male 6,788
thezigrat.  Caution sad ending
"Prophets have a way of dieing... Horably"
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Male 2
I have been a silent creeper for propably 10 years now. I left as well for some time, but mainly because I felt IAB was playiing too much into the hands of my procastination habbit. I'm happy to see squirlz back here and 5cats is gone for good? 
I'm for freedom of speech and all this, but tolerance has to end where people are not tolerating others. (anyhow from my german anti-gun perspective gun lovers are not tolerating life itself sufficiently)
What happened to people like kitteh? Saw her come and go. 
Welcome back squirlz
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Male 6,994
Laluk Thanks, Laluk. I appreciate the support.

Currently, 5Cats and whatever accounts he may be using are banned from IAB with no specified end-date. If and when that ban will be rescinded is up to Fancy and the IAB moderators, who are, I suspect, busily putting together moderation policies to address this and similar situations. I am hoping 5Cats will show enough regard for the website and its users to respect the ban and stop attempting to sneak in through the back door, so to speak. (If I've got any particulars wrong here, I'm sure Fancy will correct me, either here or offline. If he does so offline, I'll update this comment.)

Kitteh9Lives has, as they say, moved on to other opportunities and now administers the website Chaostrophic. I worked under Kitteh as an IAB moderator for about a year and enjoyed the experience. She was always a friend to squirrels.

Lastly, Laluk, let me welcome you aboard with an appearance of the IAB Welcome Wagon. I'm delighted you've joined us.

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Male 2
squrlz4ever thanks. Only took me 10 years :D long last IAB. It really broughdend my horizon, gave me lots of new ideas and last, but not least, made me laugh my ass off regularly. Thank you guys and keep up the good work!
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Male 36
Squirlz should get the R.I.P. Stephen Hawking I.A.B. submission
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Male 4,811
oops squirlz i ate your feral wig pig with rice and fried tofu with a chili ginger sauce. hope you dont mind.
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Male 8,885
rumham Hey off topic, just so you know some of the videos you submit aren't viewable outside of the USA, That's why you dont see all your submissions all the time.  I try to make everything visible to people outside of the USA.
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Male 4,811
normalfreak2 it's all good brodeo, i mostly get shitfaced and post a bunch of randomness and see what sticks
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Male 6,994
rumham Awww. Gosh darnit, Rummy. I was just getting him to understand how to do high-paws for treats and now you've done eated him. ~sigh~ Well, I suppose there are other feral wigpigs trotting around out there.

Heeeeeeeere, piggy-piggy-piggy-piggy!
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Male 2,856
Welcome back Squrlz!

Great to see you back. We started to tidy up while you were away :)
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Male 6,994
jaysingrimm Thanks, Jaysin. I appreciate it. You all have made some good progress, I see; some work still to be done, of course, but things are much improved.
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Male 276
https://youtu.be/F_Z_B7UQ5bU Fuck the world don't ask me for shit!
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Male 4,811
moldysod yeah you seem like a biggie smalls fan..
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Male 6,994
moldysod Interesting. And what message are you attempting to convey there, Moldy?
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Male 135
welcome back squirlz! i see you rolled out the welcome wagon yet again, can always count on you for that!
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Male 6,994
jarred Thank you! Actually, I'm a bit behind on the Welcome Wagons. The past week has brought forth quite a few accounts. I'm on it!  :)
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Male 6,788
How about a 3 armed hug?
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Male 6,994
thezigrat I'll take it... I'm trusting you on this one, Zig. Don't disappoint. ~hug~
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Male 6,788
squrlz4ever. ~Hug...Hug...Taste...~
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Male 6,994
thezigrat ~slaps tentacle away~ Hey hey hey! Now stop that.
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christopher_bourne Man, you're like a bad case of herpes
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christopher_bourne Assuming you are 5Cats--which is fair, because you've admitted as much--I have a couple questions. Why are you still here? What is it about the word banned you're not understanding?
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squrlz4ever he was banned "permanently" 
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Draculya I'll be honest I side more with Boredhuman on this.  I always believe in redemption.  I don't want to be the thought police, hell I don't want to restrict good discourse.  Even if it's from someone I may consider Vile.  If they have a point, they have a point.
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Draculya LOL! Let's hope Fancy's dictionary is better than mine.
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squrlz4ever
   I appreciate you taking the stand to improve IAB. Thank you for quitting; thank you for coming back so soon!

Dealing with 5cats:
   5cats is back on christopher_bourne. (strictly speaking 5cats isn't breaking rules, because 5cats account doesn't exist at the moment). Many of his comments are getting deleted. My guess is, if his new account is banned, he'll just come back but will not openly state that it's 5cats anymore. There needs to be a different way to deal with 5cats other than banning him over and over.
   holygod was right, when he said 5cats needs help - help as a person. IAB appears to be a big part of his social life, and forcibly cutting it off, will hurt him gravely.
   The solution is to keep modding his comments for now. To clearly state the rules, and enforce them. I know 5cats is capable of being civil - he's done it with me. I have faith that 5cats will take the necessary steps to adjust his comments onIAB - it's too important for him. I'll try to encourage him to follow the rule: if you don't have anything nice to say, it's better to not say anything at all. 

   I hope someone will write community guidelines for IAB... Maybe i'll create a post with some suggestions and leave it open for people to edit and adapt it to IAB... Besides, it would be nice to have a post explaining how to add pictures/videos to posts/comments. 
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christopher_bourne And all your comments have once again been deleted... I hope you'll get an explanation as to the reason for the deletions, and what fancylad means by the ban.

Somehow this Batman v. Joker scene seems fitting.
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christopher_bourne "I wonder... if you (or someone else) quoted me in their comment? Would that comment get deleted too?" Let's find out! I doubt it.

Looks like christopher_bourne was just banned :(
This ban sends a clear message: don't create alternate accounts, 5cats. 

Please take some time off from IAB. Try to contact fancylad, and work out with him what the ban means. I'm sure he'll be reasonable and will give you chance to come back after a while. 
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boredhuman Hi, BH. Please see my response to your comment here at the top of the thread (top, that is, if you've chosen the descending sort for comments: Newest to Oldest). Thanks!
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christopher_bourne, “Markust is deleting all my comments as fast as he can, it seems. He said that already.”

Quit making this false claim. I never said this. You can check my comment history. It’s everyone else’s fault with you. YOU were banned from IAB not your user account. Everything I have seen from you tells me you have zero intention of taking responsibility for your actions or changing your toxic behavior. You say you mirror what people say to you but I know from personal experience the vile things you have thrown my way even though I do not swear at you. I’ve told you how you could win back people but all you want to do is blame everyone else for your behavior.
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christopher_bourne "Markust is deleting all my comments as fast as he can, it seems." Looking at your comment history, your comments are being deleted regardless of what you write. I suspect even this comment will be deleted in time, even though it doesn't contain anything hateful. Deleting all content from a user isn't moderating. Maybe they're doing it as a punishment for your previous transgression.

"I will never be allowed back"
Modders should state what they plan on doing - nobody said if 5cats account is banned 'permanently' or 'squrlz-type permanently'. Will they continue to remove all your comments, even when it's no longer 5cats account? 

I hope this will pass in time. You should try to figure out what the modders' plans are. They just got the new power, and have not learned to use it properly - there will be a push back against mods when people realize they misuse their power. 

For now, I suggest you save your comments in a notepad document, so you could easily re-post it once it is deleted. You should demand an explanation as to the reason why your comments are being edited. You might begin building a case against mods if you show that they're deleting your harmless comments. 

Hang in there. You're the scapegoat of IAB atm. I was hoping that you would be able to return to IAB, and would practice more self-control and be less hostile. The mods' job would help teach you what comments are acceptable, and where you cross the line (and in the meantime set a standard for IAB). It appears currently the mods make even this impossible. There are no clear IAB community standards right now. 
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christopher_bourne "I can be polite and civil, if people are that way to me." I hope you can be polite and civil even when people are hostile to you. I had to eat some harsh words from you as well, without responding in kind - I wanted to hear your thoughts instead of letting the discussion devolve into personal attacks.

"No point in re-posting things, he'll just keep deleting them." The point is to have a record of benign things that get deleted.  

"And after they do block that? I'll find another way in..." If IAB is such a bad place, why do you want back in? I agree with holygod, who believes this must be a big part of your social life. Or is it simply revenge for the harassment that has been done to you? 

If IAB is important to you, I think you should plead with fancylad and squirz: How can you change your comments/behavior to fulfill IAB community standards and be welcomed back? 
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boredhuman he can post a security bond. 
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christopher_bourne, “He hated me just like NF2 and Markust do...”

I don’t hate you. I don’t know you. It’s your toxic behavior that I don’t care for. There’s been many times where you have shit all over me and I’m like what the hell, I wasn’t even talking to you. And you give some half-assed excuse about me being caught in the crossfire. No, it’s you not being able to control yourself. As a mod I don’t think I have a say, but if I did I would vote for you to not be able to come back until you have taken responsibility for your actions and have committed to changing your ways.
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christopher_bourne Hope you saw this. Fancy has banned your new account too - check your profile. It’s just a matter of time that he does the quick fix that will stop you from being able to post comments. On the next account maybe you should be humble and take responsibility for your actions and promise to change your toxic behavior.
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boredhuman I'd tend to agree, five cats can be civil, he's never really gone down the nasty route with me. He just needs to curb some of the hateful nonsense he comes out with and the mods can help do that. Better than introducing verification and the work, cost and effort that comes with it, for essentially one person.
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christopher_bourne Please stop with the fiction that you only ever fight 'back'. You're never going to develop if you don't admit your own role in instigating vitriol.
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squrlz4ever just let him be, he is shackled to his own persona.
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I crown you Queen Drama, first of her name.
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Draculya These past two weeks have been pretty dramatic, I'll give you that.
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Welcome back
We missed you


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WELCOME BACK!!! I am glad you did not leave us forever. Welcome home :) Your I-am-bored family loves ya.
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pinkminx22 lol love that picture
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pinkminx22 Thank you so much, PinkMinx. You are very sweet. Even if you did eated the flower.  :)
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Oh look, a squirrel!! And not just any squirrel! My most favorite bushy tail, acorn collecting little rodent I know! 

 Well this news just made me drop everything to stop and say, "So glad to have you back squrlz4ever"! 
You've always been one of my most favorite IAB'ers with some very articulate writing coming from you. And by now, I'm guessing you're well aware of how many people are on the little squirrels side. We've got some gosh darn good acorns up here in New Hampshire, bigger than a red foxe's nuts. And as soon as the snow melts, I'll hunt a few dozen down for ya.

Sooooo, It's been said that Theodore Roosevelt kept a flying squirrel in the White House. Which leaves me with a question for you Squrlz.......do you have any pets? Rodents, birds, mammals, homo sapiens, or other?

Remain excellent my friend.
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wellsy57 Thank you, Wellsy. I appreciate the kind words and support.

In terms of pets... ~thinking~ well, there are a couple girl squirrels I'm very fond of and with whom I regularly do dinners and movies. Although they might not like being referred to as pets. Wait, strike that: one of them wouldn't like it, the other one definitely does (rawr, if you know what I mean).

In terms of pet pets, I have a woodland sidekick in the form of a male chickadee named Mr. Filbert. He's inquisitive, loyal, very trusting, and a great friend to have on a rainy day. He provides endless hours of companionship in exchange for the occasional peanut, cashew, or scrap of white bread.

Mr. Filbert suggesting I could be more generous in terms of sharing some white bread I'd just found.
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wellsy57    Squrlz is okay but I think Rocky J Squirrel is still the most popular.

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Gerry1of1 As do I. Rocky is my hero.
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christopher_bourne 
The comment was deleted before I read it, but even so, it probably was jsut 5cats being his usual [deleted personal attack].
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christopher_bourne "Do everyone a favor," you wrote? I suppose by "everyone" you mean you? Because that's the only way I can read that sentence and have it make much sense.

Per my other comment, Why are you still here? What is it about the word banned you're not understanding? If I was banned from a website, I'd stay off of it. Of course, in my case, I have some dignity.
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Missed you squrlz.  Thanks for coming back. :D

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@_forbes My pleasure, Umber. Thank you for the touching comment in the other thread.
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squrlz4ever 
Good to see you back buddy.  I await many a squirly post from you. :D
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Welcome back furry one!  I offer an ankle to hump with a nice visual to boot!
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melcervini Damn, Mel! I feel like Quentin Tarantino with Salma Hayek here. I... I... I only have so much self-control. ~Squrlz lowers a modesty panel for a little privacy... for several minutes thereafter, vague, fluffy, ankle-humping sounds can be heard~

I know, I'm an animal. O.O
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squrlz4ever i'd pay money to see you hump Salma Hyek. I'd pay money to hump Salma Hayek! But I digress. Welcome back Fuzzy Knuts!
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scheckydamon LOL! Thank you, Schecky. It's great to be back and great to see you.
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melcervini     You win

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Welcome back. 

While you were gone we elected you sponsor of the upcoming bake sale.
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megrendel Thanks, Grendel. I hope no one has any nut allergies.
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Everyone needs a break every so often
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Josh McConnell Thanks, Josh. Glad to be back.

And now... *squeak squeak squeak squeak squeak* ... here's a Welcome Wagon Hello to you. I'm so happy you've registered here at IAB and hope to chat more with you in the weeks and months ahead. I see you've already got an avatar out of the gate. Awesome!

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Glad you're back.  I was interviewing squirrels in my yard as replacements.  who know that rodent skills with keyboards were so rare ?
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punko Ahhh, yes. Word of those interviews north of the border has spread far and wide among the squirrel community. Many were intimidated. No matter how they responded to your written questions, it was all met with a stony silence.

Flying squirrels might've had better luck. They're nocturnal. But, between you and me, they're kind of intellectual lightweights. Cute, though.

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Hey Squrlz, if you wanted the site to change, why didn't you leave sooner? It would've saved us all the peace of mind, and the piece of mind! ;)
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DuckBoy87 Shit I meant to post this...
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kalron27 Okay, lol

That makes a ton more sense
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Glad you're back, you impetus of change, you.
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captkangaroo Thank you, Cap'n. ~salutes~
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Good.  IAB needs more tail.
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Beaverfever I concur. One squirrel, one otter, and one beaver do not a tail menagerie make. We need more tail! Beaverfever speaks the truth here.
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nettech98 ~raises forelimbs and paws in reply~ SANK CHEW! I MISSED YOU THIS MUCH TOO!
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i knew you'd be back in short order.
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monkwarrior I don't know that any of us could know that. I say that because I don't know any of us would have guessed Fancy would make the changes he has made in the past week. I know I didn't. Had those changes not occurred, I would not have returned.
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squrlz4ever There's things i know that most others don't know, call it intuition if you want, but I've learned to rely on it quite successfully.  It's sort of like watching a river flow, and then putting a leaf on it.  If you've been paying attention to the river, you'll have very good insight where the leaf will go.
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monkwarrior I have intuition just like you but a little different.  Instead of a leaf, I use a piece of toilet paper on which I write down your posts verbatim  If you are highly attuned like myself and know how a toilet works,  one can figure out where all of your thoughts end up together.
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abetterworld I couldn't help myself after seeing this...
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kalron27 I like that! Better than a plunger! Can we get it here in the US?
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kalron27 LOL... you guys are brutal. Funny as all heck, though.
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squrlz4ever YAY!!! A Squrlz Smilez!

Now, back to watching my nocturnal critters (Possums and Skunks)
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squrlz4ever I know, it was a little mean but he can take it.  I don't hate the guy (?) , he just makes me shake my head in disbelief.  All the time.
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abetterworld It was very funny and wasn't excessive. That's the kind of verbal jousting that can make some of these threads great entertainment.
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abetterworld well your pettiness and grasp at straws makes me shake my head as well.
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monkwarrior did your online sources tell you to say that
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rumham it's obvious what they're doing
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kalron27 don't push too hard!
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abetterworld At which point?  Stopping the overflow or creating the stoppage in the first place ;)
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kalron27 ironically your post reminded me of this:

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monkwarrior Hilarious! I'll be watching this non-stop till bedtime!
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abetterworld I'm pretty sure that's what's called a desperate grasp at straws.  IMHO it would have been better just to remain silent.
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monkwarrior   Seeing visions makes you a prophet doesn't it?
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Gerry1of1 i'm a monk attuned to spiritual matters, which opens the door to a great and vast resource of truth, that i urge others continually to tap into.
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monkwarrior Well then, much respect to your intuition. It's a valuable thing to have.
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c'ya.  imho you shouldn't let it get to you."

Very little respect when you were expressing how you actually felt...
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kalron27 Unfortunately I cannot pull comments further than 26 deep or (unlike Posts) I'd be happy to provide more disrespectful comments regarding my "philosophy" of Taoism...
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kalron27 I'm sure you would, but unfortunately even googling '"search string here" site:i-am-bored.com' won't help you either, since there's really nothing, as you already well know.  Nothing, of course, except for your own disrespect.
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monkwarrior dude grow up
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rumham you should have sent that to kalron27, since it's clear he's the one being juvenile here.
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kalron27 i see you're grasping at straws, and making further baseless claims.  I initially was going to write a goodbye post to him, but when i realized he would be back, i simply said "c'ya", and offered advice how to roll with things, which was expanded on with some further comments on the post.
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squrlz4ever it can be, but i get a lot of hate for it from people who aren't as sensitive or accepting of what i reveal from it.  Though, it's made me much stronger, which is why i commented as such on your "farewell" post.
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monkwarrior how much stronger are you level 6 finally?
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rumham level 6? shows what you know.
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squrlz4ever He just basically quoted Taoism, a godless philosophy.  Something he has denounced directly when I have brought it up in the past.  What does that say about respect?
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kalron27 hey kalron Taoism is great in its simplicity, godless in the modern ideal of god but not without merit
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rumham I try to follow it everyday :)
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kalron27 Who are you to talk of respect with a comment like that?  Also, how respectful is it also to say I've denounced something that i never did denounce? I've already made it very clear to you that I've studied all religions in great depth and found the common ground of love.  In fact I've found that the true religion is Love, haven't you come to understand that yet?

Fancylad i suspect a mod is already abusing their power, as i had another post here that suddenly 'vanished'.  Could you look into it?
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monkwarrior yes you are a scholar on every topic ever we know you are super smart and cannot be bested. 
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rumham As a monk i do educate myself on a lot of topics, im sorry my dedication to education triggers your jealously and upsets you.
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monkwarrior I'm only guessing here, but I'd be surprised if a mod deleted anything you've written. From what I've seen, the current mods are very averse to deleting anything (which is good, IMHO). For a mod to delete a post, you'd either have to have been banned by the site's owner or said something that is genuinely outrageous (for example, something very abusive and/or threatening).

Keep in mind that there is one known bug with these comment boxes: very rarely (like one out of every 250 times), when a user clicks Reply, the comment box will appear already populated with someone else's comment in the thread. When that happens, a comment can go poof.

Also, to whomever may be interested: I never had any issue at all with Monk's goodbye comment. He and I seem to have arrived at a generally cordial level of coexistence.
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squrlz4ever "Also, to whomever may be interested"

Well, obviously you are speaking to me, so just say so...

However I will state, obvious troll is obvious...and I have no problem indirectly calling them out.
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kalron27 Yes, your trolling is quite obvious.  Unable to back up your claims, claiming dishonest things, and grasping at straws.  I have no problem directly calling them out.
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monkwarrior, “Yes, your trolling is quite obvious.  Unable to back up your claims, claiming dishonest things, and grasping at straws.  I have no problem directly calling them out.”

You accidentally addressed that to yourself. It was the single most honest thing I have seen you write.
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markust123 fixed. you know how I-A-B gets.
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monkwarrior the guy who cries troll is often the troll
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rumham That's why i pointed out Kalron27's trolling
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kalron27 Ah ah ah... just re-read your comment and saw you were addressing me directly earlier; I thought you were addressing Monk, which is why I was being vague. (I was traveling last night until the wee hours of this morning and I'm on a sleep deficit.)

I'll admit to being in a "can't-we-all-just-get-along" frame of mind. I wish I could get both you and Monk to shrug and give each other a pass tonight.
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squrlz4ever OK, I'll done for the evening.  But when someone quotes Taoism I get involved real quick.

I will agree, I enjoy floating in the river of reality...letting the current take me where I belong.

Much like the current brought you back to us :)
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kalron27  unfortunately being disrespectful and ignorant about it doesn't help you in the slightest, it shows your 'river of reality' leaves much to be desired. 


FancyLad a mod is definitely abusing their power.  I had this comment here, and then it suddenly 'vanished'.  Can you look into it?
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monkwarrior troll'mokwarra
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rumham Sorry, it's quite clear someone removed that post, as i had it open in another tab and was able to refer when i suspected someone had moved it.
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squrlz4ever who knows, i was not using a mouse, and it's possible the touch pad may have triggered while over the delete button as i moved to another location.  If it happened that way it's the very first time.
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monkwarrior That makes more sense than a mod removing some random comment. I know I wouldn’t and didn’t.
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markust123 Yeah well it happened 2 times last night as the 2 times i mentioned fancylad in this thread.  While i will possibly give the first deletion up as a possible mistake of clicking a delete button by accident as i was moving to a new location (which is extremely rare as im extremely careful with computers and touch pads), the 2nd one was definitely deleted. as i was keeping track of everything i posted due to raised suspicion, and i hadn't touched the computer for some time.  When i came back *poof*, gone.
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kalron27 Studied "all religions" and Respecting "all religions" are two different things...
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kalron27 Deleting posts and reposting an edit to make a comment look more appropriate does not constitute an intelligent response.  "Love in True Religion" denounces all others plain and simple.

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kalron27 In my best knowledge, i didn't delete a post, didn't you read what i said?  I suspect a mod is abusing their power already, which is why i mentioned fancylad.  I actually rebuilt it back as best i could. 

But your claim ""Love is true religion" denounces all others plain and simple" is simply a dishonest claim, as i have no need to denounce the religions i've studied and found that valuable lesson from.
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christopher_bourne [deleted personal attack]. You compare the moderators/admin with einsatzgruppen? Are you [deleted personal attack] insane?
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buttersrules to the mod who did this: [deleted personal attack].  I thought that was a good thing to do, and i think it's only fair that you would do that to comments rather than take a whole comment as is being done to christopher_bourne: "Comment deleted."  leave the remaining comment but add the [reason for mod], maybe even bold [deleted personal attack], italicize [deleted personal attack], or both [deleted personal attack]

"Comment Deleted", erasing the whole thing, shows bias, almost as if to say "i hate what you have said, and i want to silence you".  It also confuses the conversation flow, and i remember that some of their post was valid.  However doing that above [deleted personal attack], says "we will accept your post, but here's what you can't do, so learn from it"



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monkwarrior I’m pretty sure the user in question had his whole comment deleted and a simple “Comment deleted” was added because he is a banned user who immediately came back as a new user and showed zero sign of personal accountability for his actions and no indication that he would change his toxic ways in the future. Click on his name. This second account has been banned also. Only Fancy has that power.
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buttersrules so mods are ok with this???
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christopher_bourne Honestly, i half expected some mods to delete posts.  As it wouldn't surprise me that some would want to exercise an abuse of their power to 'get even' with someone who they dislike.  I had hoped that I-A-B would have some clear rules on this, but time will tell if some mods were a bad choice or not, i'm suspecting at least one is a bad choice.
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christopher_bourne If you think that the content here is too left for you and you think mods are nazi death squads, why not go to a place you'll be more welcomed, like breitbart or the_donald?
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kalron27 Care to point out where i supposedly "denounced" something, or are you simply grasping at more straws?  I make no secret that i've found the common ground in all religions: Love.  In fact, i've found love is the true religion, haven't you found that out yet?
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rumham i'm a busy person, and as a monk that also entails helping/dealing with people online, i'm also a fast typer.
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Who is cutting all them damned onions. *Sneef, sneef*
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DuckBoy87. Not me I  just cut the cheese though
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DuckBoy87  A lot of people cry when chopping onions, but the trick is to not get emotionally attached.
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Gerry1of1 Or wear onion goggles :)
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DuckBoy87 That would be the Onion Cutting Ninjas...
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I wold like to had a Huzzah as well
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lockner01 Thanks for the support, Lockner. I appreciate comments like this more than you know.
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Working late on a major SCCM/WSUS issue and look what I found in my laptop -  a damn squirrel! Welcome back.
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Male 8,885
trimble Ohhhh Patch Management.....Blah I just automate that through my NOC software.
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Male 4,815
normalfreak2 Lost the WSUS DB, rebuilding from scratch. Fun.
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Male 4,696
trimble

I'm working late too and I wish it was a WSUS issue :)  However rebuilding the DB from scratch is not fun to say the least.  Here, maybe this will help (now or later):
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Male 6,994
trimble Thanks, Trimble. Yes, there when you least expect it--in your attic, in your birdfeeder, on your website: a squirrel!
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Male 6,788
squrlz4ever.  I never exexpected the Squirrel Inquisition!
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Male 6,994
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Male 1,644
Awesome

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Male 4,982
Called it! where's my money?
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Male 6,994
dm2754 Here. Take an acorn. I'm all out of hard currency.
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Male 4,811
squrlz4ever you need mels big nut
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Male 6,994
rumham ~looks down~ Got two already. I'm good.
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Male 2,078
squrlz4ever What use does a squrlz have for hard currency?
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Male 6,994
oobaka Costs about $40 USD to fill the tank of my vintage muscle car. Can't get the ladies without a sweet ride, you know.

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Male 8,885
woohoo!  Welcome back Senior Squrl at least my cover is still intact!

Squrlz out!
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Male 6,205
Nothing awkward at all about this. It's what we've been hoping for, after all. It's a pleasure to know you're back!
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Male 6,994
broizfam Thanks, Broizfam.
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Male 748
You were always one of the posters I looked forward to hearing from. I never replied to you-know-who because of how toxic he was, and because I never believed he was a real person. He was a character. He was a puppet. He was an act.

You, a person pretending to be a rodent, were more real and valid than he ever was.

I don't want an IAB without you. None of us do.
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Male 6,994
profworm Thank you, Profworm. Although I'm not sure why you're under the impression that I'm not a real rodent. ~tugs whiskers, wiggles ears, flicks tail~ See?
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Male 432
Hooray!!!! Glad your back. Your comments were one of the reasons I joined this community. I have missed your wit and banter. I was so happy the day you wheeled out the wagon for me. I know I'm still new here but I hope to get to know many of you in the future threads. ~ throws handful of acorns to Squrlz ~ :)  
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Male 6,994
rukittenme Thanks, RU--both for the kind words and the acorns. You may be fairly new, but I've seen you engaging in a friendly fashion with a large number of IABers across the threads. You're already an asset to the site. Oh, and that avatar of yours is first-rate.
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Male 1,431
Should  have waited until April 1.
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Male 6,994
marsii LOL! You are very clever, Grasshopper. 

I dunno; as I recently told Fancy, I feel like I've learned about five years worth of life lessons in just the past seven days. I'm still a bit dizzy about it all. Things have started to stabilize enough in the past two days that I knew I wanted to return and I wanted to reach out to all of you ASAP.
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Male 1,431
squrlz4ever You gonna mod?
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Male 6,994
marsii To be determined, Marsii. I just dropped Fancy a line today letting him know I'm willing.
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Male 42,110
No hard feelings. You were right to say good-bye just 
in case you weren't acquitted on those morals charges.
Congrats on getting away with it.
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Male 6,994
Gerry1of1 LOL! It was a close call; thanks.
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Male 520
Welcome back...but we already divvied up all of your acorns. 

Also, what the hell do you do with acorns?
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Male 6,994
mrsnowmeiser No! My acorns. Mine! ~slaps Mr. Snowmeiser's ankle with paw~

What do you do with acorns?! I leave here for one week and everyone's gone insane?

Acorn bread, acorn casserole, acorn soufflé, grilled acorns, acorns broiled in butter, acorn pie, acorn kebabs, steamed acorns, acorn burritos (see GIF below). My cup runneth over with acorn recipes.

And then, of course, there's the best recipe of all: acorn crudités. Yummy.

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Male 6,788
squrlz4ever. Acons acorns acorns acorns Acorns aggedy acorns Wounderful Acorns!
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Male 454
We luvz ya Squrlz!  
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Male 6,994
abetterworld It's mutual.
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Male 1
I have been an avid user of IAB for about 8 years now. I never made an account, as I had nothing much to save about postings. I just made an account to say that I am glad you are back and happy everything is going to stabilize.

GO TEAM Squrlz! 
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Male 6,788
ascadian. To your planet's IAB welcome ~offers 3 fingered tentacle ~
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Male 6,994
ascadian Thank you so much, Ascadian. Things are definitely looking up around here.

I'm honored that your first comment was directed my way. This definitely calls for the Welcome Wagon. *squeak squeak squeak squeak squeak*

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Male 5,357
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Male 4,696
"If someone had told me two weeks ago that these positive changes would be coming to IAB this quickly, I simply would not have believed it."

We can thank you for being the catalyst for the much needed change.

Welcome back my furry friend :)

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