Once in a while, we do get the occasional spammer who registers on the site and tries to publish offensive/vulgar content. Members/Group owners alert me (the site admin) and I immediately delete the member. There are no second chances as they're clearly non-cyclists trying to sell meds or porn with fake profiles.
Which brings me to the case of Nihit Agarwal. He's been active on the site for some time and has interacted with members. He's also one of the organisers of the upcoming India Triathlon in 2010. In this regard, he had plastered the event links all over the site once before. It messed up the home-page time-line and irritated cyclists.in members. I'd politely requested him at the time to not repeat this as it's considered SPAM.
Tonight, he chose to ignore the past and bombarded the site with his event links again. Every possible group was affected. Lots of members were pissed. Some group owners even mailed me right now to give him another warning.
I decided to ban this member simply because he didn't respect the other member's wishes and he chose to ignore my previous warnings. I'm documenting this as a forum topic here because this isn't the first time something like this has happened on the site. There are many people who get carried away in their enthusiasm and start pasting their links on every possible group. That's NOT how you create a positive interest. If anything, you're alienating people. Unsolicited messages are SPAM. Period.
Anyway, I hope the site continues to remain clean and SPAM free. I appreciate all the feedback!