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Topic: Member profile
Message: Posted by: magicbyswh (Feb 3, 2013 06:56AM)
Why does a members profile say currently unavailable and his PM link disappear?
Message: Posted by: Tony Iacoviello (Feb 3, 2013 08:03AM)
Because he is temporarily not part of the Magic Café.
Message: Posted by: magicbyswh (Feb 3, 2013 08:10AM)
Thanks but what causes this to happen? Is this a Café decision for something he has done wrong?
Message: Posted by: Tony Iacoviello (Feb 3, 2013 08:14AM)
Yes, a violation of Café rules or policies can result in the user being banned.
Message: Posted by: Dave Scribner (Feb 3, 2013 08:43AM)
Many reasons for someone to be banned and they are never discussed in the open forums. Banning may occur when all else fails.

From the rules forum

[quote]Getting Banned:

What does getting banned actually mean?
A look at the dictionary provides this simple description;
BANNED - To prohibit or forbid, especially by official decree.
The above is pretty self explanatory, but how does this action apply to Café members? If for some reason you become banned, you will be unable to access/login to this site and participate in the forums.

Basically, a member will be banned for violating any of our rules and policies or exhibiting any actions or behavior that is either illegal or detrimental to the welfare of this website. An imposed ban may be temporary (e.g, 15 days, 30 days, etc) or permanent, depending on the severity of the offense (e.g, extensive use of profanity may warrant a temporary ban, while selling illegal/pirated copies of DVDs in the forums or via our private message system will guarantee you permanent expulsion). In any case, the length of ban is left to the sole discretion of Café administration.

That said, do not fear that a simple and honest mistake will somehow get you booted from the site. While we fully expect you to adhere to the rules and policies that you agreed to follow when you joined the Café, we do understand that mistakes can and do occur from time to time.

Please know that banning is normally initiated only as a last resort. When a member violates a rule or policy, our staff makes a sincere effort to give said member a written warning either in a private message (PM) or via email.
If the offending member continues to violate the rules and policies, generally a second warning is given. Should the member ignore these warnings, a ban is then initiated.

The only exception to sending a warning might be in an extreme case, such as someone joining the site with an obvious agenda of causing trouble (e.g, internet trolls posting nonsense posts, or perhaps a new member registering under a username that is either pornographic, offensive or otherwise indicates they have no serious intention of contributing to our magical community).