Feb 12, 2013 at 12:57PM EST
So with that background:
I banned Advance for uploading an X-rated image.*I knew he was well-liked, so I left an explanation on his wall saying he was banned and why so as to prevent some confusion and rage from not knowing why he was banned.
*People who enjoy his uploads felt bad for him (although most seemed to understand that his image wasn’t allowed.)*A couple of other NSFW uploaders changed their avatars to Rarity to support him (and apparently to take up his left slack in uploading NSFW art. I generally only go whenever someone reports an image.)
*I was watching his wall from a distance to see how people would react and to clear up any further confusion, and I saw less rage and more love and support.*Other users in the wider brony image uploading community knew Advance to be a good guy, and once they realized he was banned, they began to change their usernames/avatars.
*The acts of kindness, despite the offense, touched me. And since I liked the guy, I changed my avatar as well (since I’m a moderator, I didn’t want to change my username. I’m still on duty; can’t change my name unless DOGARS makes its triumphant return to semi-prominence.)
***Since I rarely change my avatar to something other than a teal deer, people in the forum-going brony community noticed immediately. We discuss a variety of things, so they asked me why. I explained. So bronies who didn’t even know Advance began to jump in mostly for kicks.
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