[POLL BOARD VOTE:] Should Ed Jones (XLIX) be reinstated?

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Prolific IMDb Poll Author and Contributor, Ed Jones (XLIX) has had his account on the IMDb Get Satisfaction boards suspended.

Please vote here as to whether or not you want his account to be reinstated.




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Oswald

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Posted 2 weeks ago

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Stephen Atwood

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This isn't appropriate in any fashion and pretty pointless because we don't have any authority in the first place. Especially so, because we don't know why he was suspended.
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Oswald

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It is a survey to gauge community sentiment.
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Mark Glass

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I'd want to know the reason for the suspension, whether Ed got notice of the alleged basis and a fair opportunity to correct or defend his position. Also, how common is such an action? How vulnerable are all contributors? Even if we have no authority, we should understand the process going forward, even if it won't affect Ed's current situation.
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Oswald

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Agreed.

Individuals and establishments that have nothing iniquitous to hide should have no problems with transparency.
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15yearsIMDber aka ElMo

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I honestly don't know how vulnerable we all are... but I know one thing (even from my own experience): when Dan asks us to calm down because a discussion gets too heated, well that means we're already on a razor's edge and we should lie low for a little while.... if keeping our account is important to us.
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I've tried to intervene on behalf of other users when IMDb had discussion boards. I was told point blank by IMDb staff that they respect the privacy of users and do not discuss the reasons why users have had their accounts suspended. At least Ed's IMDb account is still active.
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I moderated a discussion board for many years.

We also used to use the "respect for user's privacy" line.

About 10% of the time, the user had really said or done something vile, and the use of that line was legit.

90% of the time it was used as a cover for decisions that even members of the moderator / admin team disagreed with each other on, and were the subject of ongoing debate.
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Gitte Løyche

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I don't know the reason for his suspension either but, frankly, I miss his special sense of humor
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Wait, did he get banned again!? I thought this already happened like a week ago. There may be some political views on which I disagree with him vehemently, but whatever, I try to focus on the movies. I've seen a lot of opinions that make me sad--from a variety of commenters--but I've never felt reason to report anyone. And Ed has been mostly helpful, I've seen him offer advice time and time again.
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I don't think Ed will ever be perma-banned, because if he was, the actual imdb staff would have to do a lot more work!
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I am quite grieved to hear that Ed has been banned.
To my knowledge, he has done nothing to deserve this.  
Yes, he could get a bit worked up (don't we all?), but he never meant to hurt anyone.
He has always been kind and reasonable towards me, and others who treat him fairly.
If anything, those that provoked him are at fault.  Ed should not be punished for expressing opinions or defending himself against trolls or bullies.
I think we can all take a lesson from this and learn to be both more kind and more tolerant of other people's opinions.  
Let's keep this site devoted to what it stands for: movies and creative ideas.
Not picking fights or bickering about politics.  

I've said my piece, and now I shall go.  :)
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I know this reply is late (sorry), but I am saddened to hear that Ed has been suspended. I definitely think he should be reinstated and never should have been suspended from what I have seen, I haven't seen anything to warrant this. I do know that IMDb have been unhappy with him for quite some time and that he has had warnings, not in a while though, but I really hope that this suspension is not permanent. He was very direct sure and could have worded things better so that he didn't rub up people the wrong way, I think we were all taken aback at how he conducted himself on the Black Lives Matter thread, but I don't think he ever intended to come over as deliberately hostile and some of his behaviour was in retaliation to people being hostile towards him. I actually thought he was often very helpful and very good at pointing out what was wrong with people's contributions, especially regarding reviews where he was often spot on but people didn't like to hear it.

Ed and I didn't start off on the right foot, when I first reported my ongoing problem with my reviews I was taken aback by his I felt at the time rude response, but we quickly grew to think to, I'd like to think, respect each other and he was more often than not reasonable to me. Without him, I wouldn't have gotten to the bottom of why I had (and still have sadly on a brief side note) my issue with my reviews, which I have made a huge effort to address since, and I am grateful to him for that. I really hope he does get reinstated, though he can be more careful with how he comes over to others. I really hope he gets reinstated but there may be a reason for the suspension that we don't know about.
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Gitte Løyche

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I sincerely wish that Ed will be reinstated!
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Hi all - Ed was banned for continued breaches of the Get Satisfaction Terms of Service after multiple warnings. I'm closing this thread now as we won't be discussing this further.

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