If anyone happens to stumble upon this, I humbly ask you to share it with anyone you think would be interested. I don't plan on updating this very frequently, especially after this crazy incident is behind us. The only reason I made this was to call the Cracked.com staff out on their very poor handling of this incident.
Here's a recount of the event. On November 29, the Cracked columnist John Cheese posted an article entitled, "5 Popular Jokes That Only Make People Want To Punch You." The article is pretty typical of a Cracked article, and even more typical of a John Cheese article. Most people found most of the article fairly easy to agree with. However, "derision" set in on his final points, which criticized memes and puns as a low form of comedy. Some of the more popular commenters like Darkstrolm and ConspiracyKeanu put on sad smilies to express their discontent. It was a joke of course, meant to bring humor to a somewhat awkward situation. From there, things took a turn for the worse. Many people were upset at John Cheese and called him out on it as commenters are wont to do. Most of the comments, while disagreeable, were civil, as most Cracked comments sections (contrary to popular belief) are. Some took it to a different level by posting John Cheese's personal information. Those who did were ridiculed vehemently by the rest of the commenters on the site. However, John Cheese took a different turn. He called the commenters names like "shit-smearing-toddlers" and "child-fuckers." To be fair, he probably had people shout worse back at him, but the problem was that he made a massive generalization and asserted that the comments section in general was like this, when it was clearly not. He would know that if he actually read the comments section, which he has asserted in the past that he does not.
If that had been the end of it, everyone would have moved on. But the worst was yet to come. People took to the forums to express their discontent with the situation. This resulted in David Wong banning nearly every user from the forums disagreeing with them. Keep in mind that the vast majority of these posts were respectfully disagreeing with John Cheese, not lambasting him. At last count, I could only see 2 posts that disagreed with John Cheese, and they were by popular Cracked commenters who could easily spread the word if they were banned for no reason. However, word got out anyways, with Wong calling the commenters "cockroaches." Because my IP address has been banned, I cannot check the forums to see what is currently going on.
Even then, everyone might have moved on. Then on December 2, the staff started taking down comments and banning people en masse. For simply disagreeing with the article! I myself got 2 accounts banned. One was ryanms92 and the other was rms92. On the article "The 6 Least Intimidating Military Logos Ever," I posted a comment that reads as follows:
"I apologize if I'm ruining anyone's enjoyment of this article, but I
feel this is important. I was just banned from Cracked. My username is
ryanms92. I did not participate in the forums and to my knowledge,
committed no offense against Cracked's User Policy. The only thing I
could possibly think of that would have gotten me banned was me making a
dumb crack at John Cheese in the comments section. Not the forum, the
comments. In this very article. I also have no access to the forums. I
hope that this was simply a mistake, but if it is not, I am ashamed of
the attitude of the people on this website. This place is becoming more
and more unfriendly by the minute. I would like to see my account
reinstated immediately or given an explanation as to why I was banned. I
find this behavior completely unacceptable. I doubt my comment will
last long, so as a last request, I humbly ask those of you reading it to
thumbs up my comment so that anyone going through the same thing will
know they are not alone. Again, I apologize for being so morbid on a
Cracked article, but I feel this is very important, not just to me, but
to all Cracked users as a whole. Thank you."
At the time of this posting the account has been banned and I cannot post comments, but the post surprisingly remains. Whether this is because they failed to notice it or if it's the fact that it's highly rated remains to be seen. Either way, this will remain as evidence of the fact.
Cracked is doing a great disservice to its readership here. I can only hope that this situation is rectified. In the meantime, we need to get the word out and call Cracked out on their despicable display towards the people that make their website the most visited humor website in the world! I will post updates as the situation progresses. I am busy so I don't know how often I will be able to update, but I plan to check daily to see if anything warrants an update. Feel free to add my ryanms92 or rms92 accounts as a friend. As of now, I think I can still send messages, so at least we have that. Stay Cracked, my friends!
EDIT: OK, now I can't send messages anymore. Never mind.