|Andre, I intend to use this for people who are consistently anti-Objectivism. I have no intention at this point of using it on people who have some disagreements or who are completely confused by it. So it's not a matter of "warnings". This isn't a punishment for bad behavior. It's simply a form of housecleaning. In some houses, dogs have to stay outside so they don't dirty the rest of the place. Same theory. The previous method for dealing with them was to have them deleted entirely, which I considered. This seemed like an opportunity to give those people who are interested the chance to debate until they pull out their hair.|
As for private warnings or whatever, I've long since learned that there is no right answer. If I send a private note, that person will make it public and scream that I'm trying to hide it. If I make it public, it must be to humiliate them. No exercise of authority/ownership is acceptable to some people. So I stopped worrying about it. You can't make everyone happy. If people like the way I run it, they'll stay.
William, the marked person finds out when they try to post on another forum, and it doesn't work. They get a message telling them that this site is for Objectivists, but they're free to use the dissent board.
Non-marked members find out who's marked because they always post somewhere at what a horrible atrocity this all is comparing my acts to Hitler. I actually thought of having an icon next to their names, like a troll or dunce cap. But I was told it might be too controversial.
As for who's been promoted, I don't really feel like dwelling on it. Making that kind of announcement is like asking for feedback, and it's not up for discussion or debate.
An I believe persona non grata has a much stronger meaning than you're giving it. Usually when objectivists bring it up, it's about people who people are not allowed to talk to, talk about, or acknowledge in any way. Even a lighter definition wouldn't hold in this case. They're able to continue posting in an unmoderated fashion (for now). They just have to restrict their comments to a well-defined area instead of polluting the site.
Michael Marotta, to give you a short answer, neither you nor MSK have been promoted. I think that says a lot.
Ellen, your opinion really doesn't interest me.
Robert, thanks for trying to put things into perspective. You're right, of course. Those suggesting some kind of Orwellion mind control are obviously deranged. I haven't banned anyone from discussing topics, or offering a dissenting opinion, or told people what they have to think. I've simply prevented people from thread-hijacking and attention getting. If they want to discuss the ideas, they're free to, but they can't expect us to stop every conversation to explain to them the fundamentals once again.
Teresa, I actually expected the cries of injustice to happen earlier. Go figure.