This is a thread for discussing whether the identity "Sheila Rangslinger" should be banned from the forums here.
As you know, we don't like to ban users here and rarely do it. Dozens of Christians with points of view heavily critical of "The Beast" have signed up and posted here with no censorship. We like it and we encourage it. That's what this place is for.
We don't ban for opinion. But we DO ban for behavior.
Here is the behavior alleged on the part of "Sheila Rangslinger": "Sheila" is really a person named J.P. Holding. J.P. Holding signed up as "Sheila Rangslinger" and has posted about 30 posts per day, most of them supportive of J.P. Holding. The author referred to himself in the third person and did not disclose that he was really talking about himself. The term for this kind of shill is "sock puppet":
Status of the allegation: True. Sheila has been given an opportunity to deny the allegation and has not done so. It doesn't take a rocket scientist. Also, it appears that on his own website, Holding has admitted to being Sheila.
Proposed action: Ban the "Sheila" identity and append a disclaimer to each post by Sheila revealing its true authorship. J.P. Holding would be allowed to re-register and post as himself.
I believe this is the only action we can sensibly take. To knowingly allow Holding to use a sock puppet here would require us to allow anyone else to do the same. This would erode the value of the forums. Also, encouraging J.P. Holding to post as himself might make his tone more civil ("Sheila" is a rather nasty character, given to insults and condescension).
Original post revealing the "Sheila" sock puppet:
Please post your thoughts specifically on whether Sheila should be banned in this thread.
Request to all: Please keep the discussion on topic. Address only the question, "Should Sheila Rangslinger be banned?" A "yes" or "no" followed by your explanation would be the ideal form.