Fedora: Banned?

I recently switched from Kubuntu Linux to Fedora KDE and have really been enjoying it. I tried to join the Fedora Forums today. Later I logged in to the forums to see what was going on and received this message:

vBulletin Message
You have been banned for the following reason:
No reason was specified.
Date the ban will be lifted: Never

What did I do? I’m literally stunned. I hadn’t even posted a message yet! It’s odd and really inconvenient.

This has never happened to me before. I belong to a number of Linux forums, and highlight Linux on this website often.

FOLLOW UP: We have Jim Dean to thank for messaging one of the Fedora Forum’s administrators, who said it had been an error and the problem is now corrected! Thanks, Jim!

How do you debunk the flat Earth argument, which states that in a spherical world water should fly off at the equator due to the spin of the Earth (over 1,000 MPH)?

That Earth sure is spinning quickly, isn’t it? Once around every 24 hours! Wow. Can you imagine being out in space and looking down, waiting to see things fly off into space from the equator?

The problem is, when you’re out there in space looking down, the planet is rotating so slowly you can’t see it move. It takes a whole day just to go around one time. You could stare and stare at it and hardly notice it turning at all at that pokey speed. Nothing’s going to fly off the equator into space at that rate.

These stupid “flat earth” people have no common sense. They give these stupid arguments just to confuse people.

Do you believe that there is life beyond our Earth? Do you think we will encounter it in this lifetime?

You have two questions. Do I believe there is life beyond Earth.


Do I think we will encounter it within “this” lifetime.

Who are you talking about, me or you? I’m 64 years old.

Not within my lifetime, anyway. Maybe within yours, but I doubt it. It is more likely a few hundred years from now if any life exists at all in our solar system besides here on Earth.

Any extraterrestrial life that we do encounter within our lifetimes will either be single cell bacteria or simple multi-celled micro-organisms. We would discover those life forms on the moons of Jupiter or Saturn like Titan or Europa. To get there we will have to send a probe and remotely borrow a mile or two through solid ice. Then they would have to release a robotic submarine snoop around. That submarine would then have to have a way to transmit findings of life, if any, back to an orbiting receiver, which would relay that back to Earth. Just getting all that hardware way out there for that endeavor would take more funding then anyone will want to consider, if it even if such hardware existed.

We are not likely to have that technology within our lifetimes. Two, three hundred years, maybe.