Originally Posted by Big P
I think you should look in the Mirror...or maybe your sig before you start name calling. I myself like French and have even talked with him VIA PMs about this. Bottom line is that there are rules here and they have to be followed.
I think that the lines are drawn on pbnation for the masses. Sometimes unique individuals break rules that are designed to keep the sheep in line and in my opinion it should be looked at differently. But that would defeat the purpose of the rules. The sheep may see it and run amuck.
I dont agree with the BOS banning of French_Bum, but at the same time I dont agree with the manner in which he has chose to fight it.
I know him personally, and I think that is one of best men on pbnation. Away from the site, away from paintball. The man literally laid his life on the line for friends in Iraq and has spent his life (during and after the military) in the pursuit of helping people. He was a combat medic in the 2nd Ranger Battalion, and now works in he medical feild. Whether or not he ever gets on this site again, the man has my respect.
Now with my *** kissing to a friend out of the way. I understand pbnations view on this. They are simple rules, dont break them. When you do, dont cry about it. Although many may want to unban French, or allow him to return to the site, because of the method he chose to fight this battle it would be impossible for the mods to allow his return. It would open the floodgates to all the BOS people to use French as their messiah example of why they should be allowed back. This simply does not work for a community such as this.
It took me sometime to learn this one as well. I myself was banned in a manner which I didnt feel was correct, I chose to cry at first, then quickly realized (with the help of Ed and Tony
) that pbnation didnt ask me to come here. I chose too, and pbnation can live without me.
In my opinion, people should let this die. French should just lay low, create a new personality and go on with life. Picking a fight you cant win does not make sense to me. Even if 90% of the registered members post "free french bum" he still would not be reinstated. Pbnation is a business, the only way to get French back would be to have 90% of the registered users stop comming here in protest for French. Not a snowballs chance in hell of that happening, so just move on and go about your business.