DC bans: our idiosyncrasy

Ban, kick, drop. Words that instigate fear upon those poor key-less users, by granting their operators god-like powers.

If you’ve been frequenting DC hubs for some time, surely these are the definitions that you have built up for these terms:

  • Ban: add the offender to a list of prohibited users that may never be allowed to log back into the hub.
  • Kick: add the user to the prohibited list, but lift the stoppage after a certain amount of time.
  • Drop: just disconnect the user; he may reconnect whenever he wants to.

Now as far as i can tell, this is very specific to the Direct Connect world. In other online communities where exclusions are necessary, like gaming servers or IRC, these are the definitions that i have always encountered so far:

  • Ban: add the offender to a list of prohibited users that may never be allowed to come back – the ban can be temporary or permanent, but regardless, it’s still a ban.
  • Kick: just disconnect the user; he may reconnect whenever he wants to.

To summarize, here is a handy chart that you might find useful if you happen to be admin in DC hubs and in other online communities at the same time:

DC network Rest of the world
Ban Permanent ban
Kick Temporary ban
Drop Kick

I hope you’re confused enough now!

poy

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