What you have to understand is that sometime the offensive posts and threads are deleted so quickly and efficiently that you never really get the chance to see them.
I remember a long while back I was on a thread... I can't remember whose at the moment but they were asking about some kind of debris at the top of thier tank or something and a brand new user popped up and commented with something along the lines of "It's a bubble nest you (well it's not a curse word but it;s extremely offensive to me so I'm not reposting it. :/). What idiot can't tell the difference?" I immediately contacted them telling them that they had no right to post that, that they were wrong anyway and that I was reporting their post to the moderators.
DQ banned them seconds later. I think they had been posting abuse in multiple sub-forums.
Anyway immediately after I reported them I commented after them with something along the linse of "TROLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL" because I'd just watched the "Trololololol" video on YouTube. :P
Since the user was banned within 2 minutes noone understood my post. not even the member who created the thread. And the thread was at the top of the sub-forum that day so lots of people were seeing it.
So yeah. =] Our mods are really efficient and just because you don't see an offensive post or thread doesn't mean it was never there.
And I never knew about the banned people getting completely new and different accounts and then continuing to troll on the forum under a different username.
That does make tons of sense though. I've seen a lot of members whose vocabulary seems extraordinarily similar to past members' who have already been banned pop up on the forums. They tend to disappear after a few days though and now I know why. ;P
It's not that this forum is becoming less family-friendly in my opinion. It's just that we've had to deal with a lot of trolls this year.
I personally theorize that this is because the economy is in a rut and people buy bettas and goldfish thinking that they're "easy and cheaper than regular pets."
They don't realize all the cash and care that goes into being an Aquarist.
A lot of people then take offense when they come on the forum and members tell them that what they're doing is hurting an animal when they thought they were doing just fine. Some don't want to cchange and want to spend their time arguing and flaming instead of listening, making the necessary arrangements, getting/saving the cash, and changing.
Thus when they get banned apparently they can come back and troll with a different user-name and try to convince people that the harmful and cheap methods are better than the methods that we all prescribe. =]
That's just my theory judging by the trolling posts that I've seen and the one that I reported. ;]
I could be wrong. =]
WHOA they were deleted? That's a brand new thread. D: I wonder what they did. Are they the person that was selling free fish?