I am part of an extensive online community, where I’ve also hosted several popular discussion groups for the past five years.
I have very clear rules concerning the group’s overall etiquette and posting rules for local events and such. However, I’ve had people, who of course don’t read the rules, or seem to think that they don’t apply to them.
I used to send them each a message, explaining what they did wrong, but it ate up so much of my time and stressed me out; especially when some of them just got pissy anyway.
So I decided to stop pampering them and actually follow my own rules, which stated that offenders risk getting deleted, or banned, without notification. It certainly has helped my stress level and probably taught a few people that the rules DO matter, at least in my groups.
However, I’ve been having to deal with a bit of an asshole guy; whom I’ve also met in real life. He’s quite the egomaniac, and all the things he does seem only to pander to his self-aggrandizement. I’ve let him post events on my group; however, he never followed the formatting rules – so I’d correct or fix it for him.
Then he’d start promoting his own personal website in the link, rather than posting the event info properly.
Anyways, I got really sick of it and the whole situation. I did my best to be impartial in the community, and gave him more than enough fair chances, but he is proving to be too much of an egotistical asshole. So I banned him from my discussion group!
I’m sure that he will try to find some way to try to complain that he is being denied the right to promote his events, but my group rules also state that I run the group my way and won’t tolerate shit-disturbers.
So, despite the fact that I’m sure he’ll try to bitch about it to others, I’m glad of finally taking this action. I don’t owe him anything and in fact, I gave him way more leeway than I have for others – so he’s already way past due.