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PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2008 8:03 pm    Post subject: The Reinstatement of Celtics (Mike) - Welcome Back! Reply with quote

More than a month ago a ban was handed down to one of the members of HK. At that time there was a healthy discussion on whether the person in question deserved the ban or not.

Celtics (Mike) purchased a card that later was openly questioned and pretty much proven to have an altered patch. Later, through a transaction on Ebay, Mike sold off the card without mentioning it his auction that it is most likely altered. Prior to this occurrence Mike was a mainstay here on HK and has been a very able contributor and one of the best and most trusted traders. His feedback here on HK is one of the highest. His generosity and kindness towards others has been shown many times.

The act of selling off a card he himself felt was altered though is frowned upon by anyone... including everyone in the mod staff. And it doesn't really matter whether it was done here on HK or not. Because if one can do it on Ebay, he/she could certainly do it here. And by doing so, Mike essentially passed on the negative feelings he had towards the card to yet another unsuspecting collector. And that only means that rather than being part of the solution to an increasing problem (card alteration), he became one of its perpetrators. While it was not clear to Mike at that time how things happened, the mod staff felt that we could not allow someone who would do that to continue to trade here. So he was banned.

Since that time however Mike's true character, the Mike we all know, shined through. Instead of walking away in disgust, he has since constantly been in touch with the mods to discuss the nuances of his infraction. He even reworded his auction to the mods' satisfaction before the card sold. It was clear to us then that Mike did something on instinct and did something that most people would initially normally do. But simply doing so was not right. It most definitely was not "elite". At this point in time all the mods feel he has seen the reason behind the ban and it seems clear that he is not wont to do it again. Because of that the mods have now agreed to grant Celtics back his HK status and reinstate him.

Nobody is perfect. Even the mods acknowledge they will sometimes make mistakes. And even mods have been suspended in the past for infractions. But it is not whether one commits a mistake or not that defines him. It is how he learns from it, makes himself better and moves on. If anyone deserves to be back to HK after a ban, it'd be Mike. So while this decision to reinstate him might initially be met with some resistance and negativity, we feel that in the end HK will see that bringing Mike back is the correct thing to do.

I was the one who acted out the ban back then. It was very difficult to do so. But now I am extremely pleased to be the one to lift it.

Welcome back Mike. We missed you while you were gone. Hopefully you will still be willing to come in here and talk cards with us. We are looking forward to seeing you in here once again regularly.

- EC
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PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2008 10:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, looking forward to trading on here again
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PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2008 11:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Celtics wrote:
Thanks, looking forward to trading on here again


The other thing you weren't told was... you must use the UD sucks sig'.... Very Happy


Welcome back!
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PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2008 12:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

kromeace wrote:
Celtics wrote:
Thanks, looking forward to trading on here again


The other thing you weren't told was... you must use the UD sucks sig'.... Very Happy


Welcome back!


Lol, Ill have to check if I still have that, thanks
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PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2008 12:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome back Welcome Back Welcome BACKkkkkk.
Glad to see you're back...
Now find me some Kobe's...
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PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2008 1:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm all for second chances so welcome back. As long as a lesson was learned and it isn't done again I'm glad you're back.

Now where's the mailday post? I mean it has been a while
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PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2008 2:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome Back Welcome Back Smile
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PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2008 2:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome Back Mike!!
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PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2008 2:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome back to HK Mike!!
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PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2008 4:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome back, glad you got everything worked out.
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PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2008 6:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks everyone
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PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2008 10:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome Back BIG MIKE!
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PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2008 12:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

welcome back

I think the only bad thing that happen was that the person that bought it was then trying to use the BGS authentic slab as proof that the patch was legit in his ebay auction.
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