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Old 03-15-2014, 06:05 AM View Post #1 (Link) Attention YWO
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Attention, members of YWO

We have had to ban the user PinkWriter88 because concerns were brought to our attention over the user's interactions with other members of the site. When approached, certain members of the forum admitted to feeling uncomfortable about said interactions. Upon further investigation, we found evidence suggesting that PinkWriter, who claimed to be a 16 year old, is actually a 25 year old man, making his interactions with certain members of the forum incredibly inappropriate.

Last month, we had to ban another user who posted comments that many users found offensive, rude, or unnecessarily hostile. One recipient of some of these comments admitted to wanting to leave the site as a result of these comments. In both this case, and the case with PinkWriter88, the issue was brought to the moderators' attention indirectly; none of the victims of these two users came forward themselves.

For this reason, we wanted to remind you all that you don't have to feel unsafe or uncomfortable, and your first instinct should be to contact a moderator. Our number one goal here is to make sure this is a safe and friendly environment for everyone. If you see or receive any comments that you consider offensive or inappropriate, please contact a moderator either by messaging them directly, or by reporting the post (you may report a post by selecting the red flag at the bottom of said post; the result is that all moderators receive an e-mail directing us to the post). This is not limited to what you see in threads; any content posted through private message, the chatroom, or a visitor wall, that makes you uncomfortable may be reported to the staff. We take these matters extremely seriously, and will investigate each case brought to us.

Additionally, PinkWriter has since tried to create a new account to continue contact with members of this forum. We urge anyone who is contacted by PinkWriter to alert a moderator right away, if not for your own safety than for the safety of the other members of this site.

Remember, you have a right to feel safe here.

-The YWO staff
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