Hold on to your hats, folks, because it’s possible that hell is freezing over! (Satan? Give us a report!)
Contestant #3, using the name “Krispy Original,” has offered the following apology over in a thread in the Pit that you can find at this link: http://www.straightdope.com/ubb/Forum5/HTML/000362.html
I’m going to quote relevant portions of it here:
This apology came after C#3’s most recent SN, Fantastic User, was banned. In his post in the Pit, Connie/Fantastic sets forth his case that he has been behaving as Fantastic; he has posted no vulgarity or profanity, he has refused to be drawn into flame wars, and that he is making a good faith effort to abide by “the expected decorum” of this Board. If you go to the thread in the Pit, you will see several other posters, including the well-respected Tom of Tomndebb, offering the same evidence and urging that he be given another chance.
I had an email from C#3 wherein he stated that it is indeed his intention to rehabilitate himself and play nicely in the sandbox from now on. I’m no fan of C#3’s; you all know that. I think that “butch” was one of the kinder things that he said to me when we had a bit of a scrap when I was a moderator. But fair is fair.
TubaDiva and Dex have posted elsewhere that if someone is banned, and they come back and play nicely, that creates a win-win situation all around. Fantastic User was playing nicely, certainly there are manny, manny posters to this board who have posted in more confrontational, rude and insulting manners and are still among us.
I think we should allow Krispy Original the opportunity to prove himself. At this point, I think even he would agree that he should, at least for some probationary period, be held to a higher standard than some other poster with no track record would be, so that if he slips up, he’s gone (although I think he, like everyone else, is entitled to some warning if the situation is not obvious). But I think he deserves a chance. It won’t take much – obviously – to delete Krispy Original if he doesn’t follow through.
C#3 was certainly our role model in jerkiness; why not let Krispy Original be our role model in gracious and humble apologies?