I know PLENTY of nice simmers on the forums who have never gotten banned or a warning, including myself. Yeah sure, I had that one scare, that was resolved the moment I was on the phone and within minutes of speaking to a rep, who also agreed it was stupid and overturned the decision.
As for the Gurus, they aren't just singling out the nice people and keeping the trolls around. Unless gifting is the new way to ban someone :eye roll: I should have been banned twice in the last month or so then.
My thinking, you could be the nicest simmer in the world, but you break the rules, you're just asking someone (mayhaps a troll) to have the excuse to get you banned. If you aren't willing or able to ignore someone who is trying to get a rise out of you, and instead carry on, you, sadly will be the one banned.
Case in point, I had someone impersonating me on the forums looking for me to get angry and upset on the forums. Did I? Nope! I did have dear Simjett warn me about it, but I didn't make a fuss over it. They got bored and went away.
Another Case in point, I was trying to help someone by pointing out that they were breaking the rules and suggesting that they change their posts. When they started in on me, I did nothing, but two of my simmer friends defended me. I asked them not to, but that's what friends do.
I'm not one to have an outburst on the forums. I've only had one, and it's well documented. I didn't do a huge song and dance over it, but I was firm in what I will and will not put up with.
If trolls are running amok, stop feeding them. It's that simple. Use a blog to rant on if you must.
So if that's your excuse for being a hostile troll, it's the lamest and weakest excuse I've ever heard of.
My Name is LE or LE Style. I have a tendency to go off on tangents from time to time. Such is the MADNESS of my Mind.