For the reinstatement of Ini's ITIL membership sign now

We, the Undersigned, spend a lot of time online, due to the nature of our jobs in Japan. Occasionally, we feel the need to vent our frustrations, and we enjoy reading the snarky comments of others.

Sometimes the "others" go too far, and a short punishment of some sort is understandable. However, in the recent case of Ini vs. Mods of ITIL, a punishment unfitting of the crime was cast down from above.

No, maybe not all of his comments were helpful, not all his criticisms constructive, but are all of ours? Do the mods deem themselves above mocking a n00b or saying a joke in bad taste once in a while?

I can only assume by the small number of members signing up each day that the membership of ITIL is still being monitored and moderated. This also coincides perfectly with a descending graph of how interesting ITIL has been in recent months. A fight about fat people? Things that happen in the post office? Is this what we're reduced to?

Allow me to recreate a post I made when the ban first came into action:
"When I was a bright-eyed applicant, I was terrified of his wrath. This made me stop and think before I posted. I asked myself if my comment was stupid or obvious. I double-checked to see if I sounded like a dumb American or an over-excited Japanophile fangirl. I used the search function just a little longer to make sure I wasn't posting something everyone had seen 20 times that week.
It's that kind of self-policing that might keep others from posting stupid shit. Some dumb comments slip through the cracks, and the ensuing hilarity afterwards is what makes this site fun. But without trolls, we'll just have the dumb comments.
I would think the mods would appreciate this vigilante justice. When some n00b wanders in and asks what sort of thing the interviewers will ask or if it's okay that he forgot to include an SoP or if anyone here likes anime, I'm sure the mods bite their tongues with some sarcastic comment to keep their positions of authority sacred. But Ini went in and posted what we all were thinking.
Well, not all the time, because I very rarely think of rotten.com jpegs or how to insult wicket, but, hey, there were slow days.
And that is my thesis on Why Trolls are Valued Members of Society: The Sacrificial Lambs of the Intarweb. When trolls are outlawed, only outlaws will be trolls. Or something."

Mods of ITIL, don't be like BD. Membership will stagnate and die off. Relationships will become incestuous and petty. People will fight about post offices. Uninteresting Trolls who use hack, wannabe-edgy, shock-jock "humor" will be the Forum Badasses.
Please don't let this happen. Isn't the rest of the internet boring enough?

Reinstate Ini. Reinstate in 2008.

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