Submitted by Teslarian on Sun, 2018-01-14 12:38
I thought I would post this here, since many folks who frequent that forum also visit here, and because I have a different username here than I do there. I am afraid to post this information there, lest my account be banned also.
The moderators at http://teslamotorsclub.com have begun engaging shadow-banning, where a user is secretly banned from posting or communicating with other members without being informed of it. Once a member is shadow-banned, it appears to them that they are allowed to post, but their posts can only be seen by themselves and not other members; and no other member can start a private message with them. No warning or notice is provided, nor about any violation of the terms. It just suddenly applies to your account for reasons unknown to the member. It has not happened to me, but it has happened to at least two other members with whom I have had private communications.
I find this a very disturbing development. If a user is violating published terms of service, that should be directly communicated to the user, probably with a warning first. A user should know why they have had their participation restricted if the true intent is to get them to modify unacceptable behavior. However, this appears to be arbitrary, as far as I can tell after reviewing the posts of one of the affected members. It seems to be an attempt to silence people for reasons unknown to the member or readership.