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macheide ♡ 46 ( +1 | -1 )
Good bye, friends. Dear friends,

I have just read to my atonishment that Mike banned bluebabygirl for life.

I know that there are rules. But I consider the size of the punishment absolutely unproportional.

I can't play in such a dictatorial site.

Hopefuly my team members respect my decision.

In this moment I'm resigning all my games.

It was an honor to play with many of the best chess players I've ever met.

Yours very truly,


tyekanyk ♡ 5 ( +1 | -1 )
.... I totally respect your decision, but isn't it a bit much?
kangoldemancha ♡ 19 ( +1 | -1 )
i'm sorry but I think u have taken it to far,why are u quiting? I just don't think that
will acomplish anything. and why would u gameknot in my mind is the best online
chess web sight there is.
baseline ♡ 4 ( +1 | -1 )
good bye my friend ... you will be missed.
macheide ♡ 150 ( +1 | -1 )
Freedom of speech. Dear friends,

Yes, this is a private site. There are rules and policies. I recognize that I didn't know that rules and, overall, the criterion of the person that made them. Now, I know how they work and I DO NOT SUPPORT THEM. It would be against my principles.

This is a great site to play chess AND there are forums, to interchange ideas and, as some famous player from the past said: " make friends", with rules as I said before. But I consider unjust and indign to exclude a person for life from the forums only because she/he was out of the forum's theme or for defending a banned person.

I liked to play chess here a lot but NOT AT THE PRICE OF MY FREEDOM OF SPEECH. I HAVE DIGNITY.

More than one fellow is going to say that I am overacting. I just could say them: beware, my friends; when one begins to tolerate this "little", "insignificant" actions against the most elemental freedoms, one begins to become insensitive, apathetic, immune. Beware, please.

If someone is interested in knowing what I consider some of the most fundamental rights regarding the freedom to comunicate and interchange ideas, feel FREE to visit (You won't be banned):

This is my last post.

Hey, Mike! Before you ban me, I BAN YOU!

Dear Terry, I'll send you my personal email, to be in touch.
kumpan ♡ 68 ( +1 | -1 )
I've posted some time ago a thread at the GameKnot related forums about the problem of the lifetime ban. Unfortunately it didn't found the necessary attention.

Luckywise my English knowledges are much too low to be in danger to post too much off-topic messages.

macheide I wish you all the best in you further (chess-)life. Looking at the list of your past games I must say that this site is loosing once more a very interesting player. It's a pity.
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anaxagoras ♡ 3 ( +1 | -1 )
Good bye Macheide, we'll miss you!
gameknot_com ♡ 259 ( +1 | -1 )
Once again, this forum is for chess discussions only. It's not about freedom of speech, it's not about who's right and who's wrong, it's about common sense and keeping everything neat and properly organized. It doesn't take much to understand these simple rules, so every time someone posts something off-topic, it is intentional.

It's very noble of you to protest the fact that someone had lost their forum posting privileges. Especially since she is a young beautiful girl. Believe it or not, I was opposed to it as well. But rules are rules. Do you think I should have made an exception, just because she is a young beautiful girl?

The reason why she lost her forum posting privileges permanently is because bluebabygirl had already violated forum posting rules twice before. The rules here are very simple as well -- first time it's for a month, second time it's for 3 months, third time is permanent. I do not decide how big the "punishment" is in each case precisely for that reason -- I'm not a judge and I don't want to be accused of being subjective.

What is your suggestion anyway? To get rid of all the rules that say "no profanity" or "no insults" and let anybody post anything they want? Let conversations about how to make chicken soup or someone's recent love affair happen in chess forum? Make exceptions for user names that appear to belong to young beautiful girls? It's very easy to say "I disagree with you and therefore I quit", it's much harder to actually find a solution that works. I tried, have you? I don't know if you realize it, but the forum posting rules are designed to ensure civilized conversations and nothing else. Nobody is censoring anybody here, as long as there's no swearing, no insults and all discussions are on topic. Which means, among other things, that no, you cannot discuss politicians here, or tell jokes, these forums are simply not the place for it. Just like you probably don't go to church to play tennis. Makes sense, isn't it?

And if you do have something constructive to suggest, please post it in the "GameKnot related" forum, not in the Chess forum. Just in case if it's not clear why I'm asking that, I'll put it in bold letters: BECAUSE IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH CHESS.

By the way, here's something for you to think about as far as Freedom of Speech is concerned: if you somehow manage to spray paint a message on the White House walls, what do you think will happen to it? And will it be a good reason to claim that there's no Freedom of Speech in USA then?