In detention. Now, I will admit, the punishment imposed upon me is not quite as horrifying as that imposed upon Harry by Dolores Umbridge in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, but it is punishment just the same. I was suspended from Ricochet.com for 72 hours, which will end Monday.
My crime? I violated the sacred Code of Conduct at Ricochet, when, just like Harry, I let my anger get away from me. Now, my violation was just verbal-saying some nasty words in a comment on a post by another Ricochet member, but I also promised to do something violent to the member if I ever meet up with him in person. And I stand by every word I wrote in that comment.
For context, the post in question was written by a particularly obnoxious member, who is well-known on the site as a rabid Never-Trumper. That member has never been able to contain his detestation of the President, and has written numerous posts on the subject, as well as commenting on others’ posts. His Trump Derangement Syndrome is manifest in most of this member’s activities on the site, and he contributes relatively little to the ongoing discussion. The subject of the post on which I commented is especially obnoxious, because it positively gloats about the dementia-plagued, influence-peddling DemocRat who stole the 2020 election from President Trump, getting enough electoral votes to win the election. This is the kind of post which, in the past and on another subject, drove away one of Ricochet’s longest-lasting members, who was the kindest, most loving person known to Man. I despise people who do that.
Mr. Obnoxious who wrote the post is an attractive nuisance on the site. People agree that his views are noxious to the President and many members, but they simply cannot refrain from commenting on his posts, thus reinforcing that behavior. And, this time, I admit that I, too, was taken in. I just could not let that gloating go unremarked-on.
I have been a Ricochet Member since 2012, and I have never been banned, or had a comment flagged, before now. But I now join the Select Group of members who have been suspended, or banned from the site forever. This does not worry me one bit. I meet many of those other banned members on one of their blogs, and we commiserate there. I will know enough in the future to keep my anger to myself, but when I am allowed back I will make sure I never comment on Mr. Obnoxious’s posts again. He is toxic. I am not.