— Edit June 20th 2018 —
After a period of being locked out of the eHam Forums but able to access the main page as “logged in” it looks like my eHam user has been unlocked. No idea if this was just a bad week at eHam or all of my various devices, or real “shadow banning” in action.
Interestingly I now find myself with next to nothing to share at eHam…
— End Edit —
Can a person end up Shadow Banned at eHam?
Shadow Banning is the unseen hand of a web forum’s owner making anyone they don’t like “disappear quietly” from their system. More definition at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shadow_banning
Unlike overt Banning, where the participant is told to go away, and perhaps their account is locked, Shadow Banning is done covertly and if questioned is denied.
Has eHam taken up the practice of Shadow Banning?
Kind of seems so, as shortly after my critiques of eHam moderation my eHam account password for just the forums was changed, effectively blocking me from posting on the forums.
Password still works for the general website, but not the forums. Actually it works for the main forum page, but locks me out when going to a specific forum.
On the positive side several of the worst of eHam’s pet trolls seem to have gone quiet as well.
If my account is collateral damage in a stealth effort to better the level of participation, so be it. Small price to pay.
Again without real effective moderation and careful curating eHam is not much more than click-bait for eager hams looking for quality information.