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Started by: yalam96
On: 05/12/2011 | 15:56
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by: yalam96
on: 05/12/2011 | 15:56 edited: 05/12/2011 | 22:16

So apparently the username 'flaming[edit]' is offensive to people. Because of this, no warnings, I have been banned from the forum, and not allowed to earn payback.

 

I find this unnacceptable and I feel lied to, being promised payback. I've used that username for years on many different sites and this is the first time this happened. I'd like the communities thoughts on this.

 

This is the email:

 

Hi there,

hope you're well.
I have suspended your giffgaff account from the community due to your username. This is because, it is seen as offensive so goes against our community guidelines:

 

  1. Usernames: Inappropriate usernames are subject to suspension.

 

13.1.              The term ‘inappropriate’ is defined by the Community Management Team (see point 13).

 

13.2.              Whilst not exhaustive this includes, obscene, defamatory or abusive, libelous, damaging, injurious, foul, swearing, racist, advertising of goods services and websites.

 

13.3.              Where an inappropriate community username is suspended, this means the account will no longer be able to participate on the community and as such will no longer receive payback for community contributions.

 

13.3.1.  The suspension will not affect the use of giffgaff mobile services for calls texts etc and nor will it stop payback being earned for recruitment.

http://community.giffgaff.com/t5/Welcome-and-News/giffgaff-community-guidelines-please-read-first/td...

 

You can register again with the community with a more appropriate username. You can email me before you create a username if you want me to check it before you register.

 

If you have any questions, do email me back.

 

--
Zobia

 


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by: mgb2
on: 05/12/2011 | 21:31 edited: 05/12/2011 | 22:22
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Accepted by hazel22 (former giff-staffer)
‎21-08-2015 01:01

I appreciate the issue with your payback & phone number and would imagine that giffgaff maybe amenable to letting you keep the number by porting it out & back to a new account if you approach them correctly.

 

However with regards to your old username, even the non-abreviatted "[edit]" has been a recognised term of abuse for many, many years, to the degree that "The Spastics Society" charity changed their name to Scope to distance themselves from the negative imagery the word implies.

 

Quite how you failed to register that "[edit]" is vile, offensive & degrading escapes me.

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by: syorksdeano
on: 05/12/2011 | 15:59
I can see that some people would be offended by that username
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by: nuttymoo
on: 05/12/2011 | 16:00 edited: 05/12/2011 | 22:16

My guess is it was because of the word '[edit]' which is a horrible slang word for disabled.

 

Don't know if you meant it that way or not, but some people do take offense to that word

 

 

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by: hamzee211
on: 05/12/2011 | 16:01

syorksdeano wrote:
I can see that some people would be offended by that username

Do agree It may not be an offensive user name but does have an offensive word  Smiley Sad

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by: chris2409
on: 05/12/2011 | 16:01
Not the smartest of user names.
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by: becki9
on: 05/12/2011 | 16:01
I don't know about you, but personally, I don't feel that loosing out on your payback is justified due to a username.



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by: yalam96
on: 05/12/2011 | 16:02

Fair enough, I get that point. But I'd like to have the option to either change my username or move my credit/goodybag onto this account.

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by: dubdriver
on: 05/12/2011 | 16:02 edited: 05/12/2011 | 22:17

[edit] is is used (by some) as an offensive slang word for person suffering from cerebal palsy (spastic).

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by: sauron
on: 05/12/2011 | 16:03
Simply you had the chance to read carefully the terms of use concerning acceptable behaviour and through either ignorance or laziness you chose a name which is extremely offensive and as such not allowed and if you had any kind of common sense you would of worked this out before using it.
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by: becki9
on: 05/12/2011 | 16:07

yalam96 wrote:

Fair enough, I get that point. But I'd like to have the option to either change my username or move my credit/goodybag onto this account.



I'd agree with this.

 

And let's be completley honest, who, in all seriousness reads the terms and conditions when you sign up for things?

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