We the undersigned respectfully request Coloma's reinstatement as a Fluther member.

As members of the Fluther community, we don’t always agree. Who among us has never disagreed with another member’s point of view? How many of us have never expressed that different perspective, sometimes firmly? Can any of us say we have never disagreed with another member? Are any of us liked by every member? Fluther is like an online family. We play together, we debate, and sometimes we have heated arguments. Recently one of our Fluther family, Coloma, has been permanently banned because she challenged another member's views and they became embroiled in an ongoing argument. Coloma was also accused of driving new members away.

We respect the Fluther moderation team. We accept they sometimes need to make hard decisions. We acknowledge the moderation team are members who volunteer to keep Fluther tidy and that they must act as referees, jury and judges when members fight. However, we suggest their decision to ban Coloma was an unfair overreaction and we are appealing their decision and request Coloma's reinstatement as a member.

Coloma is no more argumentative than many existing members. She is less argumentative than some. She is also not the most popular member of our family, but that should not influence whether she receives a permanent ban. An argument requires more than one participant. The other party involved in the disagreement that led to Coloma’s banning is still a member. That member is as guilty of arguing as Coloma. Prior to Coloma's previous temporary suspension, the other member goaded Coloma by criticising her on various unrelated questions. She received no punishment, while Coloma was initially suspended and then permanently banned. Certainly, Coloma must exercise greater restraint, and both parties should refrain from interacting with and alluding to each other in the future. But to hold one party responsible for discord that two members caused and took part in is unfair. The accusations that Coloma drives away new members seem to relate to a particular question. Three other long-term members challenged the original poster in that thread and those members have not received a warning.

In light of all this, we the undersigned respectfully request Coloma's reinstatement as a Fluther member.
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