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There are a few golf forums out there. I've personally been banned from what feels like all of them - twice - for rather innocuous things. Banning people is not what this forum is about. In six years, we've banned fewer than two members per year, and in each case the members persisted in behaving in a manner completely unacceptably. Other forums will ban two members per day.

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