It is difficult, but not impossible, to get banned from our site. We really don’t like to do it, and disagreeing with what we write does not meet the criteria.
Even though our censorship standards are loose, it does not give a person carte blanche to shut down dialog by whatever means they feel is necessary. We tolerate some pretty nasty comments — not to trivialize them, or because we condone them, but to highlight them. Things like racial slurs and personal attacks say more about the person saying them than we could ever illustrate in our blog. We also realize that we write satirically about a group that many feel is a part of who they are as a person. This makes what is cerebral to us, emotional to those who have made AA a part of them. Obviously, that will create an emotional response in some people. That is why we tolerate a lot of anger, but when it becomes obvious that a person is simply trying disrupt the site by filibustering and making an ass of himself or herself, we have to do something about it.
We created The Serenity Corner at the top of the page to highlight those who choose not to play nice, and who we are forced to block from commenting for a period of time. It isn’t banishment, although it might actually lead to that; and a person has to really show his or her ass in order to get here. It is simply a place for someone sit down and cool their heels until they decide to play reasonably nice.
You may agree or disagree with what we write. Express it any way you see fit, even if that happens to be with a joke or a smartass comment, and even if it is at our expense. We do wish that you do say it while making a valid point, but if you have none, that’s fine. Just don’t let your enthusiasm to make your point turn you into a ranting fuckwad, or we’ll have to put you in the serenity corner.