I like davidt's avatar.
I was banned for a year for the "clear violation" (?) of having clicked to report 3 (or 4) instances of trolling to the mods in one day. I did so because one of the mods PMed me that day telling me to do exactly that.
Like so many others, my ACTUAL violation was angering Kewpie and her friend... and not checking my PMs in time to see Kewpie's PM where she became unhinged and threatened to ban me if I submitted one more report.
DavidT, UncleSkinny and other mods were aware and apparently agreed this was a reasonable way to moderate a web forum. You know, because that's the way Solow protects open freedom of speech and blah blah blah.
I'm impressed with the mental gymnastics it takes you to defend the increasingly bizarre and unbalanced way your site is moderated. The anonymous person makes a very valid point.
But do whatever you want with your unpleasant site. I'm one of a growing number of former users of your site who stopped coming here entirely because your site just isn't worth it any more.
You and your mods are entitled to run Solow as irrationally as you want, turning a blind eye as your personal friends act like dicks and trolls for years, then handing out year-long bans to other users for nothing, just because you had a bad day. It's your right to allow your friends to be as obnoxious as they want on Solow, while requiring other users to take care not to accidentally offend the mods or their friends.
But please. Calling it freedom of speech? You aren't fooling anyone with that. Man up and call it what it really is: favoritism and nepotism.
... And when Morrissey exercises his "freedom of speech" to wear "Fvck Solow" T-shirts, and when he "moderates" his shows like you "moderate" your web site, by banning you for life for the "violation" of simply having angered one of the "mods," well, perhaps you brought it upon yourself by the unpleasant way you've been moderating Solow. Many have complained, but you aren't hearing it.