Hebden has not been banned, he did however recieve several warnings during his time here.
One of these warnings even merited its own thread:
I've told you several times to drop your unfriendly and condescending attitude and the last few days I've recieved pms from several members complaining about you attitude, so for the last time: Change your attitude or leave the forum!
Naturally, we ignored this effrontery only to find that shortly afterwards our account had become inactive. Our subsequent email to Mr. Wendel drawing his attention to this problem was ignored.
A few days ago we decided to put Mr. Wendel's denial to the test by requesting that our account be re-activated. After two days of stalling on his part, we prompted him again and drew this response:
> Problem resolved?
I'm waiting to hear from you that I will not have to recieve any complaints about condecending attitude on your part from the other members of the forum, like I did the last time you were in the forum.
And also that you (as a favour to myself if nothing else) would not use "we" instead of "I" when writing in the forum.
Once I recieved assurances about the above, I will look into the problem.
To which we replied:
So in addition to expecting an Englishman of all people to compromise his freedom of expression, you are effectively asking us to vouch for the sensibilities of every other potential reader of your forum. We cannot allow ourself this conceit.
Until you provide us with the text of aforesaid complaints so that we can know both the identity of the authors and the posts which they found objectionable, how may we judge what about our humble efforts was perceived to be at fault? Failing this, we shall be inclined to suspect that the content of our posts and not their style was the actual source of the discontentment.
We contend that any impartial and discerning survey of our posts to the Forum would conclude that they in toto represent a model of regard for scholarly proprieties.
>And also that you (as a favour to myself if nothing else) would not
>use "we" instead of "I" when writing in the forum.
Favour 1. n. an act of kindness beyond what is due or usual....
>Once I recieved assurances about the above, I will look into the
The requested favour now appears to have become a condition. Please clarify.
When you do manage to locate the problem with our account, we would be pleased to be made aware of the technical details.
Best regards, Mr. Hebden
Mr. Wendel's reply is awaited....