They can still visit the site and see all the threads and posts that unregistered visitors can see, but of course they can't post, send private messages, or do any other fun things. A message explaining why they were banned will be displayed above the page header. Despite this, some still try to post messages; they'll see an error message if they click on the "Reply" or "New thread" buttons.
We announce the bannings because:
1) It's fun.
2) We want other Cyburbians to know what we're doing to keep the site free of spam.
3) It's a service to other forum operators, many of which investigate new users by searching for their usernames and IP numbers. Cyburbia's ban threads are usually near the top of search results.
Seems like Dan just want's to kick off people off cyburbia for no reason.
I am extremely pissed. None of my posts since I joined have been offensive or out of line (or at least no one has suspended me yet). I put up with enough bullshit as a planner, and will not put up with it in a forum.
Yeah, now that the cat's outta the bag and I gave you guys the link, you can see the computer puts your name into Dan's post, so you know it is a genuine prank.
At the time, I DIDNT know it was a prank and took it seriously and was VERY VERY upset (it takes a lot to get me angry) I almost snapped at a co-worker after reading it, and I almost never do that. I am STILL not cooled down yet.
I can laugh at jokes at my expense as long as they are funny. People take jokes differently, and I thought this was very inappropriate and unprofessional, especially since I personally have had some serious issues recently with at least one person who is now banned permanently from this site. I don't care if this were April Fool's Day or not, it was wrong.:-@
I am still not laughing. I think it's a sick joke for a forum that takes suspensions and bannings seriously. I e-mailed Dan about this (before I even knew it was a joke) and he still has not responded). My opinion of cyburbia has totally changed today for the worse.