This might seem like a weird thread to make, but in light of some recent events I think it might be useful. Now, the staff team here at the One Piece Forum do our best to make new members feel included, and we try to go about our jobs with a good balance of professionalism and humour. The hope is that all members who join get a positive forum experience, and they decide to stick around for a while. However, this isn’t always the case - much like the seasons, members come and go. Some announce their departures with a quick “goodbye”, others just fade away. And some, well... Do other things. This thread is for anyone who’s been here for a while but wants to move on, but it’s also for the regular user as a reference for certain things that are or aren’t acceptable to us as staff. Here’s a quick guide on how to LEAVE the One Piece Forum: 1. Don’t log in any more This might seem annoyingly obvious to some, but believe it or not we’ve had members (yes, plural) in the past who haven’t been able to grasp the concept. We aren’t forcing you to be here - and we don’t want you to feel like you’re being forced. Just click that “Sign Out” button and forget about us. If you decide to come back, we’ll be here waiting. 2. Ask @Owl to ban your account For those of you who want a more permanent absence from the forum and feel that the opportunity to log in is just too irresistible, send a message to our admin requesting a ban and he’ll do it as soon as he’s available. While you wait for the ban (our admin is a busy man), we suggest trying option 1 listed in the thread while you wait. Think of it as practicing being banned. You can always contact us through our social media if you want your account back. Now that the departure methods have been made clear, let’s go through some things that you should try to avoid when leaving the forum behind: Trying to get yourself banned This is what you could call “counter-intuitive” - if you want to leave, spending more time here making a nuisance of yourself is a waste of your time and a minor annoyance for the staff team. Instead of doing this, we suggest departure options 1 and 2 listed above. That way, you can spend your free time doing something more productive, like going outside, or taking a shower. Going through a trial-and-error of “how do I get banned?” both sullies any positive memory your fellow members have of you, and is also an incredibly effective way of making a mockery of yourself. We strongly suggest that you not do this. Being abusive towards other members I think this falls in the “trying to get yourself banned” category but it’s worth noting. We understand that you’re unhappy here, and again would like to re-iterate that we’re not going to force you to stay - but venting your frustrations on other members is unkind, as well as being an unhealthy method of releasing anger. The other members are, unlike you, enjoying their time on the forum - do not disturb them. It just makes you look silly and opens you to ridicule. Again, we strongly suggest departure option 1 here - if you’re that bothered about the people here, the easiest way to not be around them is to log out and forget about them. Attendance isn’t compulsory here. Blaming others for your unhappiness “But who would possibly be stupid enough to hold a stranger on the internet accountable for their behaviour?” I hear you ask. Believe it or not, we’ve seen it happen. Once again, as users you are all responsible for your own behaviour. If you want to leave the forum and are causing a ruckus over it, that’s on you. Has a moderator deleted your post? Well, that’s because it’s in violation of forum rules, and if you’re knowingly breaking them, what else would you expect? Going on a rant and getting angry over someone properly dealing with your poor behaviour is, in a word, immature. If you’re really getting so agitated just by being here, we strongly suggest departure option 1. Mods can’t make you mad if you’re offline, after all. Anyway, that’s it for this little PSA. Behave yourselves everyone, and we hope that you all stay with us for as long as possible. The staff here at OPF couldn’t be happier with how the community is running, and we hope you feel that way too. But if you don’t, then follow the steps in this thread. If you do leave, we wish you all the best for the future. Our door is always open!