I was trying to get an answer to a question about Windows 7. I went to Windows SevenForums.com. When I tried to log in, I got this message:
You have been banned for the following reason:I had gotten that message previously, and had twice asked them why I was getting this. They had never replied.
Date the ban will be lifted: Never
As one comedian put it, "It's funny, I haven't even done anything yet. How did they know that I'm going to spam?" The answer seemed to involve backlinking. I was not entirely sure what that was, and therefore could not say whether I had ever done it -- though it seemed unlikely, since I had only posted one message on their forum -- a message that I could not now examine, to see how it might have erred.
This time, when I tried to use their contact form to ask them what was going on, they just kept giving me one Captcha after another. Some of them were really hard to figure out, so I had to click on the recycle button to get a different one. I didn't realize they might just be playing games until I got this one:
It did seem unlikely that SevenForums.com seriously expected me to enter or translate that bit of Hebrew.
I concluded, at this point, that my only remedy was to put this item out there for the world to see, so that perhaps someone with some way of getting through to SevenForums.com might be able to persuade them to smell the coffee.