Ozformers Forum userguide, and how to register.
Hello and welcome to the Ozformers Transformers Collectors (Australia).
PLEASE NOTE - Ignore Nigerian Scam postings (claiming to sell computers and phones, or include strange website links). DO NOT click on them or contact them. Board Staff will remove them as soon as we can.
Our full Userguide and rules are listed in the next posting, which you have to agree to when registering, and is a condition of your continued participation here.
But the short version for guests and newbies:
1 - - - Please use sensible, respectable, legal and moral behaviour, and keep in mind that children do read this forum, so content needs to be G-rated.
2 - - - Consider treating others in a way that they would want to be treated.
3 - - - And try not to be a 'fun-sponge', spoiling the fun for others. This is a place of entertainment and enjoyment, so it should be a fairly relaxed environment for you and others to play in.
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If you are new, and want to register:
The only conditions to being a member here are, that you are a Transformers fan (or a general toy fan), that you are old enough to interact with the mostly-adult membership here (15 is a recommended age), and are not currently Banned from this board. It is also recommended that you live in or near Australia, as the focus of interaction is Australian, and doesn't try to cater for fans outside of this region of the world.
Registration to this forum at this time requires the following steps:
- Fill out the registration form - http://www.otca.com.au/boards/register.php
(You will need a valid email address, and it is recommended to include your city/state or country as your location)
- An email will be sent out to you with details on how to activate your registration.
- Click on the activation link and you will be registered as a 'Rank 1 - New/Inactive', allowing you to interact here straight away, with only a few restrictions to prevent scammers and spammers from doing too much damage. It also means we don't waste extra, costly resources on people who register and never return.
- This will also automatically send out an email to you with details on your membership status. Most fans are then fully activated within several posts, which proves they are here as fans who intend to interact as fans. Otherwise, if you are referred by a senior member, have them vouch for you to the Admin.
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Why join here?
- We are a Transformers Fan community/club for fans in the Australian region of the world, run by fans since 1996 (over 15 years already! )
- At least a couple thousand members have joined over that time, with about 2-3 hundred currently interacting at least once a week here.
- Hasbro gave permission for us to exist as a Club back in 1997.
- This board is a source for news, sightings, games, sales and any helpful info for Australian fans.
- Occasional access to Hasbro AUS for upcoming news and info.
- Countless hours and dollars spent every year by various fans for activities like competitions, meets, conventions, and this website.
- Dozens of meets organised around the country every year.
- Making friends with those who share the same interest and passion. Fan meets are always full of fun.
- Helping identify Counterfeit (KOs) Transformers, instead of promoting them.
- A place to show off the creative efforts of Fans, and new stuff bought by members.
- An outlet for fans to express their interests in other toylines as well.
- Weekly news emails.
- We are very welcoming to newbies that introduce themselves to the board.
- And we have a Private Section for long-time fans to freely express themselves on topics dedicated to them.
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What are the different Ranks, and how to earn them?
Rank 1 - New/Inactive
The rank everyone starts with. You don't have access to some sections of the board, or the PM (private messages) system. Post an introduction to activate your membership.
Rank 2 - Distant Member
For fans that are beyond our region of the world, and due to distance from us, usually don't stay for long. Therefore, don't have access to some sections of the board.
Rank 3 - Basic Member
When someone has posted an introduction, to prove that they aren't a spammer/scammer, they gain this ranking, which gains access to Meets and Sales sections, plus the PM system.
Rank 4 - Special Guest
Allocated to people involved in an official capacity within the Transformers brand.
Rank 5 - Dedicated Member
Upgraded Basic Members after about a 100-200 posts. Increases PM mailbox quota, and is able to upload image attachments.
Rank 6 - Deluxe Member
Only offered to dedicated fans who contribute to the community as a fan. Rewarded with a greater PM mailbox quota, and access to a private section of the board.
Rank 7 - Section Mod
Staff member of a single section.
Rank 8 - Multi-section Mod
Staff member of multiple sections.
Rank 9 - Global Mod
Staff member covering the entire board.
Rank 10 - Admin
The owner(s) and anyone else who has operational access to the board.
Rank 6 and higher is only given to people who have agreed to certain conditions, and are deemed an asset to the community. The priority is on quality over quantity, with a person's interaction here. So the offer is only earned once a person is seen to be here for the long-term, with the majority of their participation being in fan-related sections (News, Discussion, Sightings, Meets, Creative stuff, and Games).
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What happens if a member loses interest?
Everyone grows out of their hobbies eventually, and this fandom isn't any different.
A Deluxe, Dedicated and Basic Member who has not logged in for 6-12 months, will be reverted to Newbie/Inactive status, to prevent further spamming of them with the Weekly News Emails.
A Newbie who has not logged in within 6-12 months after registering, will be deleted.
A Basic Member who has made less than 5 posts and not logged in for 6-12 months, may also be deleted, especially if they are sitting on a Character Name. (to free up character names for other fans to use)
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When you first join us:
It's recommended (but not required) that you post an introduction about yourself and your hobby in the intro section:
And if you have a collection already, big or small, post photos here:
Also, to help out other fans, post toy sightings here:
If you have any problems, just contact one of the board staff, who are listed in the next post below this one.
If the board is offline for an extended period of time, it will be noted at the back-up site here:
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The Full Userguide and Rules
The Userguide and Rules (the Long Version)
This is essentially a user guide for this forum, for you to refer to at any time (but it is recommended that you have a quick read before signing up).
Condition of registration and usage of this fan community includes, but not limited to, the following.
Section 1 - General Participation
1 - Treat others in a way that they would want to be treated by others, with respect and dignity. Do not criticise, insult, abuse, ridicule or bait a negative response from others. If you respond abusively to someone else's baiting (instead of reporting the situation to a board staff member), you may be treated the same as the person doing the baiting. Bad behaviour in any form deters lurkers, guests and regular members from interacting here.
2 - No offensive/coarse language. This board is known to be viewed by kids and parents checking on what their kids are browsing.
3 - Members should take care not to post any material which is illegal, knowingly false, discriminatory, defamatory, vulgar, hateful, harassing, sexually explicit, threatening, and/or invasive of a person's privacy.
4 - The admin/owner of this messageboard is not responsible or liable for any comments posted by its members, but will aim to remove any offending material as quickly as possible when notified. Please take care with what you post here as it could be used against you if it is in breach of criminal or civil law. We are also not affiliated in any way with any legitimate Transformers property owner or license holder. This is an independent Transformers Fan Forum, paid for and run by fans, for fans.
5 - Please post as coherently as possible. If you make it difficult to read your posts (which are going to be here for a long time), people will either ignore you or be hostile towards you. Have a quick proof-read before you click on the 'Post Reply'. Also avoid quoting big posts in your reply if it isn't necessary - delete lengthy text or images in your quote (especially if you aren't specifically responding to it) so that it doesn't pad out pages, for those scrolling through topics.
6 - No spamming (unauthorised/unpaid advertising). Spam postings will be deleted, and at the Admin's discretion, the user will be removed and sent an invoice for advertising at a starting fee of US$500 (or AU$500 if an Australian business). If you wish to advertise here, please contact the site admin beforehand on pricing and advertising options. (effective 17th June 2011)
7 - Unsolicited contact of members you don't know should be avoided, without a good reason.
8 - Usage of any widely recognised or understood terminology, names or measurements are allowed on this forum. If you are not a Staff Member, you are not to "correct" anyone for using words you wouldn't use, or a typo or misspelling, especially if it is clearly understood what was intended. Non-staff should refrain from instructing members on what to post in a specific topic, or where it should be posted. Refer it to Staff if a topic needs to be moved, or re-titled to match the section.
Section 2 - News and Info postings
9 - News and info postings needs to have the original source credited. If the original source is not known, credit the location you found it. You must not claim ownership of any information that is not yours, especially if it is copyrighted material.
10 - Don't post spoilers in titles, or in topics that do not have spoiler warnings in the title. If in doubt, run it by admin first or include in the post a 'potential spoiler warning' line before the spoiler. A spoiler only relates to movie/cartoon/comics not yet released in this country, or are currently being released here. After a reasonable amount of time from its release, it is open for spoiler-free discussion.
11 - No 'Hotlinking' permitted. All pictures from other websites must only be linked to, or hosted yourself. Do not have their image appear directly from the source in your posting. This is bad 'netiquette', because it draws on the host's bandwidth every time the thread is accessed, including by those not wanting to see the picture, and those who already have seen it and are just replying to any follow-up postings.
If you really want the image to be shown here, host a copy yourself (on a free server) and insert the image from there.
Attaching of images here has recently been restricted to the more active members, and they should still be restricted to just news or important issues, as it adds to the hosting costs of this forum. Info and tips on where to free-host photos, and how to insert them here, can be found in this topic.
Section 3 - Sales, Auctions & Dealer advertising
12 - Posting of sales and auctions are allowed on this forum in the Saleyard and non-TFs sections, provided the sale conditions are clear, all offers are posted publicly, and you honour the conditions.
Dealing with people by PM is fine if it makes it easier for the seller. But those people wanting to buy something, should also post a note in the sales thread to say what they are PM'ing the seller about - if they want to cover themselves on any dispute later, as we can easily see who was reserving/buying something first. (the seller doesn't have to reply to those posts if they don't want to... just the PMs)
If you aren't sure of an item's value, it is best to list a high-end price, and state that you will accept 'near-enough' offers (which need to be posted publicly by the potential buyer, and accepted publicly by you). It pays to do a little research first on the value range of your items (look on ebay, or ask the board staff), so that you don't feel cheated by under-valuating something, or not getting any bites by over-valuating it.
If you prefer an Auction format, you can do that here as well (see the recommended format below), but it is best to use a dedicated site like Ebay, and then just promote it in the ebay/dealer section.
Vague things like EOIs (expressions of interest) are not permitted in the Saleyard for single items - but EOIs are permitted in the Group Orders section to gauge the interest in a bulk order, and should only be by someone prepared to go through with it.
13 - Toy dealers and online-stores can advertise, in moderation, in the ebay/dealer section. Newbies and Distant Sparks do not have access to the main Saleyard section, to protect members from scammers who may join up, list something and take the money and run. Newly activated Members may have their sale posting closed down if they are still fairly new to this board and haven't interacted as a fan yet/much.
14 - If you are under 15 years old, SELLING here by you is not permitted.
You must have a parent/guardian/adult-member SELL and communicate on your behalf. If you are wanting to PURCHASE from someone here, it is up to the discretion of the seller to sell to a member under 15 years old, but the seller should state it beforehand in their sales post - ask the seller if they will sell to you. It is their right to refuse you, so accept their decision.
15 - All purchases remain your own responsibility. If you don't know someone well enough to risk it, don't buy from them. If you do buy something, communicate politely if there is a delay. Don't start accusations or complain too soon. If patience and communication don't work, contact a third party to help sort out the problem - DON'T argue about it publicly.
16 - If you are selling stuff here, make sure you take the job seriously, especially if you are selling multiple items, so that EVERY step of EVERY trade is recorded and trackable. When dealing with (other people's) money, you can't take short-cuts or keep half-assed records.
Section 4 - Miscellaneous items
17 - Posting about Unauthorised toys and accessories that specifically target the Transformers Brand and/or established Characters, is only permitted in the Unauthorised Products section. Limited awareness of Counterfeit (Knock Off) Transformers is also allowed, to help other fans identify a fake when trying to purchase a legit figure.
It is recommended that you don't acquire copies of media that has been officially released, or copies of a toy that can be found fairly easily or could be passed off as the real thing. Preventing sales of official media and toys is not condoned, nor is the deception of passing off copies of media and toys as the real things. If you obtain an unauthorised copy of media that hasn't been officially released, it should be for YOUR personal use, and replaced with an official copy when officially released. Counterfeit toys should not be be re-sold as if it is the legit toy.
18 - Members are discouraged from advertising, promoting or condoning illegal activity that specifically relates to Transformers. This includes such things as Counterfeit toys (Knock Offs), unauthorised copies of official media, and replica weapon toys (like Megatron) in states that prohibit them. If you intend to acquire illegal items, search for them off-site (like through google), or privately from a known source. This rule is to protect yourself from prosecution, and to prevent this site from being shut down for facilitating criminal activity. Minimal discussion or suggestive comments may be tolerated to a point, and the Staff or Admin are entitled to limit or terminate discussions & sourcing of illegal material, at any time. It is your responsibility to determine if ownership of replica weapon Transformers are legal in your state, and admitting to ownership is at your own risk.
Price Scamming is also classed as being illegal here, as something that shouldn't be mentioned or boasted about on this board. If you convince a store to sell an item at the price of a different size/class of item, then that is fraud. If a store lists a price incorrectly in their computer or on a shelf tag, it is their error, and you could even inform them of it.
19 - Toy Scalping on this forum is prohibited. If you are found to be buying up hard-to-find toys and reselling them at a huge markup on this forum, your sale postings will be deleted, and you may be removed as well if that is the only reason you are a member here. If it is proven that a member is locating certain figures from our sightings section, to sell elsewhere, they will also be removed. We discourage toy scalping in general, as this community has prospered from fans helping fellow fans find items without having to pay a scalper extra for it.
20 - Unresolvable topics like religion, politics, social ideologies, etc, are discouraged. Other boards cater for that.
21 - Signature Files should be restricted to a reasonable size of about 5 lines high, of text and/or pics. And please limit the usage of scrolling text/images, as the feature will be removed if it is overused.
22 - Fan meetups are encouraged, but only attend one if it is advertised in the meetup section, and if there are at least five people confirmed if you don't yet know any of them. If you are under the age of 15 and you really want to go to a meet, bring a parent/guardian to the meet and they can assess if it is a good idea to leave you unsupervised with grown-up fans. Generally we aren't a bad bunch, especially in numbers, but we need to prevent any later issues by parents who were not aware of what their minors are doing and who they were with.
23 - Members must not refer to 'Ozformers' in any negative or abusive manner outside this forum. Promoting our community is encouraged, but if you bring our community into disrepute to non-members or to another fan-forum, you will be removed.
24 - Do not claim to be representing this community without prior permission.
25 - Do not criticises another fansite, community, forum/board or it's members without proof. And even then, it is best to inform Staff and/or Admin first so that they can assess if it is warranted. Objective criticism of the content of a fan forum (eg. vulgar content, promoting KOs, full of spam or advertising, false news topics, etc) may be okay, within reason and depending on the context and purpose. We are all Transformers fans, so there is no sane reason why one would want to insult another over how they enjoy the same darn hobby. There is no such thing as rival forums if they are all Transformers Forums.
26 - A Banned Member is prohibited from joining, re-joining or attempting to re-join without first obtaining written permission from the Admin. Registration requires acceptance of the conditions within this User Guide (and any applicant intending to join is taken to have read them), a Banned Member who attempts to join or re-join is in breach of this condition (by falsely claiming they are not a currently Banned Member) and membership will not be extended to that applicant. The Admin reserves its right to take whatever legal action is necessary to enforce this condition, including but not limited to Court orders restraining the Banned Member from contacting, accessing, viewing or otherwise interacting with the Board or its members. Delay or failure of the Admin to take such action does not constitute a waiver of this right.
27 - All current Members are prohibited from aiding or assisting a Banned Member from participating, viewing, copying, transmitting or obtaining any information whatsoever on this board, where such content is accessible by Members only. In the event a Member breaches this condition, consideration will be given to changing that member's status to "Banned Member", and condition 26 will apply.
28 - Your usage of this forum on each visit, constitutes a continued acceptance and adherence of these conditions, including any additional sections added since your initial registration. There is no obligation for this Forum to accept anyone who does not agree with this Userguide. The Userguide's aim is to provide a fun and happy environment for Fans to interact in, but don't feel forced to stay here if at any time you feel that the conditions of usage are unreasonable and spoiling your fun.
29 - Only one registration per person, without prior approval from an Admin or a good reason (like losing access to a previous registration). Multiple registrations will either be merged or deleted, depending on the person's history here.
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"Banned Member" - any former Member or applicant whose membership of the Board has been terminated in accordance with the conditions contained in the User Guide. Please note that such action is rare and only done in extreme circumstances where the Board's integrity and the objects of the Board are threatened.
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Procedure for reporting a breach of the rules.
If you want to report a problem or offending post, please do so as soon as possible. If you don't report it until after a significant period of time, without a good reason, the offending person may not end up being spoken to while it is still relevant. If you want a particular bad behaviour stopped, you have to act on the incident as soon as you can.
Also, only report a private/targeted incident if you are a party to it, or if the people involved are prevented from reporting it due to intimidation or fear. Interference from others may result in removal, for making the situation worse, and breeding further negativity in our small community.
- Unacceptable or suspect posts can be reported by clicking on the icon at the top of each post that allows you to report it to the board staff. Make sure you copy and paste the offending content into the report, because the poster may delete/edit it before a staff member gets to see it.
- If you have a problem with another member, or want to report some other breach of the code of conduct, contact one of the board staff, giving details of who or what the problem is.
- If you have a problem with one of the board staff (Moderators or Admin), contact one of the other Global Moderators or Admins. If the situation is still unresolvable, perhaps take a break from here and interact on another fan forum for a while so that you can still have fun with Transformers. Removing members is always a last resort here, so lesser censures include warnings, moderated postings and temporary bannings, depending on the rule breach.
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Ozformers Board Staff
For those who are new, or just lurking, this is a list of the current Ozformers Board Staff - if ever you need one, or if they ever contact you about something.
Global Moderators & Admins:
Each covers the entire board, and can assist/fix/edit anything anywhere.
griffin - (QLD)
dirge - (NSW)
Tiby - (NSW)
Kyle - (WA)
1orion2many - (WA)
Sofaman - (SA)
Each person here is assigned to several sections of the board. See the bottom of each section page to find out who is allocated, if any.
They are not required to be on duty all the time or attend to every issue in their section - they are here as an extra set of eyes on the running of the board, and for some people it is an opportunity to give something back to the community.
- Golden Phoenix
- Sky Shadow
Single Section Moderators:
Each person here is only currently allocated to a single section of the board.
Every section is still covered by the Global Moderators, even if a section doesn't have someone allocated to it.
- Tetsuwan Convoy
For Staff positions, and even Deluxe Membership, it isn't something earnt by post count or time here, as this board has always been about quality over quantity with its members and the level of interaction. There's no point in having hundreds of members if only a handful want to interact - a fan forum looks better with interaction, not its total membership.
So this shouldn't be seen as an elitist thing, or something to try to earn. Just be yourselves, and interact at *your* desired level.
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Members (Rank 3 or higher) can donate to the running costs of this forum and community, plus purchase membership points in the Ozformers Club.
Each Membership point and donation amount is worth AU$10, to a maximum of 10 points allowed at any time. Membership/Firepower points are then used as a donation, or for any future exclusive Ozformers items you wish to pre-order/purchase.
Donations are not compulsory when purchasing Membership points, and a Donation is valid for a year. Once a donation has expired, or a purchase has been made, your Firepower points level will be adjusted.
All non-donation money is refundable if any unforeseen circumstances arise to prevent their usage. But at this stage, it should help build a warchest for commissioning/acquiring exclusive items, while aiming to appease Hasbro, who prefer we give away stuff 'free' to 'Club Members', than selling items to the 'general public'.
The Firepower score is basically your 'account'. Every point you purchase, is yours to spend later, if you didn't nominate one point ($10) as a donation. And donations can be one-off or annual - it's your choice.
The annual donation concept would be phased out if ever in the future we had sponsorship or advertising to cover the running costs.
Ranks are not related to the Membership (Firepower) points system in any way, so can't be 'purchased'.
To purchase Membership/Firepower/Donation points...
(A topic with payment details will be posted in the Saleyard section (soon), to prevent non-members from copying and using the payment details. And a link will be posted here.)
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This is being added to the end of the User-guide, to prevent or limit people being caught in the middle of something they don't need to.
There is a specific person who is not welcome at this site (and many other fan-sites) for harassment, threats to members and vandalism of the site itself. As such, this particular person is permanently banned from here. Friends of banned people are welcome, as long as they adhere to our rules.
As per Rule 27 of the Userguide, anyone found to be assisting a permanently banned person, will be removed as well. This includes, but is not limited to:
- giving them access to an account you created or used;
- passing on info posted in sections that they can not see as a non-member;
- contacting members or staff for the purpose of talking about them, to ask about them or to defend them;
- harassing members or baiting members on behalf of them;
- interacting here with ulterior motives instead of as yourself to just enjoy Transformers;
- bad-mouthing our community on other websites because of someone being removed here.
This applies to any permanently banned person, not just the one noted below, who has become such a significant nuisance, it is necessary to prove it to those who have questioned it in the past. (and because he objects to having this posted, as it disputes his claim of being the victim here)
To illustrate the problem we have endured here from this person...
Over 5 years (since mid-2007) harassing fans, as well as stirring up negativity for the Australian fandom, both here and on foreign forums.
Over 10 different registration emails.
Over 30 different user-names here, and more on other fan forums that he's been banned from as well.
Over 60 different registration attempts here.
Over 100 different IPs.
Well over 200 emails and messages just to myself, begging and threatening to be allowed back. Plus more to other staff and members here.
Note that all of the info below was submitted publicly to this privately-run website, but I have removed certain personal details because it is only necessary to prove how much of a nuisance he is, not to publicly document all specific details of his.
I am not interested in persecuting him, and I discourage others against it as well.
This is being posted to deter people from getting involved, and for staff to point to, for any new member that is not aware of what they are being drawn into (as some are being convinced that he is the victim, ending up with them being removed for something that wasn't their fault because they didn't know the truth).
If you are him, or proven to be him, this is why you are being removed.
If you are not him, but refuse to adhere to this rule, you will also be removed.
This person has repeatedly rejoined under the disguise of someone else, with new names and email addresses, pretending to not know Sean, or claim to have met him. After 4 & 1/2 years of these games of his, we are now adopting a stronger policy of removing people as soon as they match any of his details, or actively acts on his behalf after knowing about this information posting.
If you are a friend of his, that's fine. This is not to demonise him or his friends, especially if it is outside of this community (because that is nothing to do with us here). This information posting is to protect past, present and future members from being deceived and then being banned over it. Because it seems that people are surprised at how extensive this harassment has been, and wouldn't have listened to his stories if I had kept a public record of it here (instead of hiding away all the negativity, so that it didn't spoil the fun here).
Each of these are a different Ozformers registration he's started or used - ALL were matched to known details of Sean's, either by way of email address, name, IP, or things he has said to other people.
wolfgang (16 Aug 2007)
the doctor (26 Nov 2007)
cybertron_primus (30 Dec 2007)
Stalker - Shardaken Maccrae (7th September 2008)
stamus_prime - Jason Long (18 Jan 2009)
Obama_prime (22 Jan 2009)
shardy (22 Jan 2009)
Plastic Addict (Jan 2009)
obama prime (Jan 2009)
egon_is_a_scrub (Jan 2009)
egon_is_a_scrub (29 Jan 2009)
sarah (29 Jan 2009)
pissed off (3 Feb 2009)
the_fallen (11 Feb 2009)
the_fallen (15 Feb 2009)
swindel (15 Feb 2009)
swindel (19 Feb 2009)
swindel (19 Feb 2009)
max_explosion (2nd March 2009)
max_explosion (3rd April 2009)
Saber Prime (5th April 2009)
Dino_King_Grimlock (18th April 2009)
Autobase_Australia (5th May 2009)
Autobase_Australia (5th May 2009)
counter_punch (23rd May 2009)
Autobase_Australia (6th June 2009)
Saber_Prime - jordy the jew (6th June 2009)
1wheelie1 (10 June 2009)
Autobase_Australia01 (15th June 2009)
Autobase_Australia02 (15th June 2009)
Darkwind (16th June 2009)
Autobase_Australia03 (17th June 2009)
Dino_King_Grimlock (25th June 2009)
Autobase_Australia_forum (26th June 2009)
Autobase_Australia_forum1 (27th June 2009)
SB101 (29th June 2009)
strop (21st July 2009)
Scrapper - Markus Jardine (October 2009)
scrappermark2 (18th January 2010)
DKG (12th February 2010)
kgb2005 (18th February 2010)
Badger Mcgee (24 june 2010)
(On our facebook group)
jazzy josh (18 January 2012)
Im_a_weiner (24 November 2012)
Waxpython (27 January 2012)
WoW (1 February 2012)
Batman (5 February 2012)
Superman (5 February 2012)
Cobra Commander (5 February 2012)
Decepticon (11 February 2012)
The Transformers (16 February 2012)
i'm Innocent (16 February 2012)
I won't list the 10 different emails or all the different Human names he's used, as it isn't necessary. The point has been made that you know of them, and see the list of registrations above, that he's made at Ozformers.
And as much as I'd love to share the many hundreds of threatening messages and emails from him over the years, it is also not required at this time. They've been archived for any future legal requirement.
If you have someone contact you, claiming to be banned from here, or wants to whinge about "someone they know" who's been treated like a victim here, chances are that it is this person, as he's the only permanently banned person at Ozformers who's ever been bothered enough to complain about it elsewhere to other people.
Out of our 15 & 1/2 years, and thousands of members past and present, we've only had 2 fans permanently banned from here. And only one of them has spent the last 4 & 1/2 years trying to sneak back in AND to ruin our reputation on other fan-sites as well as try to have us shut down.
I just want to make sure that no one else has their fun spoilt here (or on other communities), by getting involved in something that they don't need to.
This is a Transformers Fan Forum. Focus on that as your reason for interacting here and you shouldn't have any problems.
He is not a victim here.
He was given multiple chances.
His many different identities over the years were aimed at deceiving us and to cause divisions in the fandom, making him untrustworthy.
He is not welcome here or at many other sites that have had to experience his antics.
After all these years of that same behaviour here, the decision to have him PERMANENTLY banned will not change.
If this person, or anyone really, contacts you through the board, or off-site to talk about the board - for the purpose of badmouthing any member, the staff, or the community itself - you can let the staff know about it, if you feel like they are just doing it to stir up trouble.
We are one of the most inviting and troll-less Transformers fan communities on the Net, so if someone has a problem with something here, they should talk to the staff about it (not just to me either, if I'm considered the problem), and not to whinge about it to other members or non-members.
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