How to Get Unbanned From a Site

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The internet is filled with millions of outlets to communicate with and meet other people. No matter what topic you want to discuss or find help with, you are likely to find it somewhere online. Many websites use moderators or automated filters to weed out those using profanity or breaking website and forum rules. Sometimes these methods misinterpret words or actions which may result in your being banned from the site. Being banned from a site does not necessarily mean you are never allowed to use it again.

  • E-mail or PM the owner of the site. Many sites that use automated services understand that these services mess up from time to time. If the site is moderated, ask to discuss the matter with the moderator. If you feel you were wrongly banned, plead your case and explain why you feel you should be unbanned.

  • Talk to other members of the forum or website. Use a PM or e-mail, and let them know you were banned. If other members are willing to support you and post on the website in favor of you being unbanned, the owner may decide to go with the majority consensus to keep everyone happy.

  • Create a new account using a different e-mail address. You won't be able to use the same name or have your post number or other stats anymore, but if you have no luck with the other methods and want to use the website, this may be your best option. The website owners only know who you are based on your e-mail address.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you choose to create a new account, you will need to assume a new online identity for that site, at least temporarily. Do not make any statements that might lead others on the site to connect your new account to your old account. The moderator who blocked you may notice and block your new account.
  • Do not engage in the same kind of behavior that lead to you being banned from the site. Even if it was a misunderstanding and you believe you should not have been banned, you are likely to get banned again if you repeat your mistakes.
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