Originally posted by Rosie:
We just heard the damdest thing...
Seems Todd Lassen was banned from The Magic Cafe...without so much as an email telling him why...
We heard this from Todd himself.
Seems there was a discussion between him, Jim Riser and Thomas Wayne...
Todd Lassen, Jim Riser and I did indeed have a dispute on the MagicCafe board; because we are all men of strong opinions it became somewhat heated. As a result of tempers flaring from all three corners we each overstepped the bounds of Cafe forum rules; we all had our posts heavily edited and we were all warned to knock it off.
In each case I was formally notified and I have just been informed that all other parties involved (INCLUDING Todd Lassen) were formally notified as well.
After a series of exchanges, Todd Lassen posted a picture of himself wearing a t-shirt bearing a message containing thinly disguised profanity - aimed at insulting me. A large number of complaints were registered over THAT behavior, staff removed the picture and Todd was given his "final" warning regarding behavior on the forum. Failing to take that warning seriously, Todd continued to ignore the posted rules and - according to Jim Riser – was subsequently banned.
In spite of Rosie's statement to the contrary, Mr. Lassen has not been "taking a lot of hits from a certain someone" (me). I HAVE posted information about the Johnson Coin Products Company and have promoted them based on my study of their quality and stellar service. Neither I, nor anyone else (to my knowledge) has posted anything derogatory about Todd Lassen or his products, but if he feels he needs to "defend" himself, he should have thought about that BEFORE acting in such a manner as to get banned from the forum. For this he has no one to blame but himself.
Based on my experience with the MagicCafe and other forums (including this one) I would say it is VERY unlikely (read IMPOSSIBLE) that Todd was banned without notice or reason, Rosie, though that does give him a supposed excuse to not admit WHY he was banned. The simple truth is he couldn't follow the rules and he didn't think anyone would do anything about it. Now, in spite of your fondness for Todd, and in spite of your dislike for me, don't you agree that the moderators of that forum (or any forum) have the right to ask a member to follow the rules and, failing that, to discipline them if they refuse?
What amazes me is that you would actually BELIEVE they would ban him without notice. I mean, come on… I've heard some tall tales before, but that one is just too incredible to believe, don't you think?