Look, one can't begin a thread and not state that this isn't related to the month bans of Gingerfurball & Benchmark00
Quite rightly when the shock news (I was asleep ftr) hit cricketweb.net/forum/offtopic/battleoftheguyswhopostlotsinsteadofbeingoutside.co m the discussion was shut down, as it was so far beyond off topic it couldn't even catch a bus back to off topic. So what do you do.
Anyway, and understandably there isn't a ban discussion thread as it would surely turn into a bigger ****fight than can be described on a family friendly forum.
But to get to the point; without giving these guys a bigger head than is necessary, they are both top shelf posters, and along with a bunch of others a big reason why when I found this forum, I stayed. There is such a fantastic range of backgrounds, style, opinion on here but all have a deep interest in cricket.
But and of course there need to be rules and penalties, but really I feel that banning these two posters for a month really actually makes this place a little bit poorer for their absence. So much so that in my normal walking around time I thought about writing this down about it. Nobody wants to read a childish tit for tat sniping battle about crap, but a lot of the things these guys post I really want to read. I voted for them both, and out of 47 members they lesser recived 34 votes in the same round of who is the favourite poster. It made me think of secret ballots of the community to overturn bans or something! Something! Some way of fixing this problem. It's only two guys, and maybe they did it to themselves, fine, but is it the best outcome?
Lastly I do apologise if I have broken any rules, and bearing in mind this section is entitled "Ask Cricketweb" therefore I do ask you cricketweb, how can we have a forum with all these diverse characters and opinions to bounce ideas off for the benefit of all, and not turn away people who love discussing cricket over silly stuff we can all get over as adults?
ps I just really like that smiley