What Can We All Learn from the Xbox Live Banning of 'Pound Her Stank'?

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Xbox Live technical support will be extra busy over the course of this week and the next as a new software update rolls out, bringing sweeping bans to those with modified consoles. But one fresh account banning from this week is more educational than the rest.


An Xbox Live member with the gamertag "pound her stank" found himself permanently suspended from the service after what he argued was three years of good standing membership. His plea:

my xbox account was permanently suspended due to my gamertag. shouldn't this be temporarly suspended? i've been a member for 3 years and a lot of downloads and xbox live points attached to this account. i dont want to start all over again. is there a way to request lesser suspension? my account gamertag was "pound her stank". i would change my gamertag to get my account back.

Seems like a reasonable request. What say you, Xbox Live Policy and Enforcement Team?

While we apologize for the inconvenience, we made the decision to permanently suspend the account due to the excessive number of forced name changes due to Code of Conduct violations that have occurred over the life of the account. We felt that giving you 34 chances to create a gamertag that did not violate the aforementioned document should have been more than enough of an opportunity to turn a new leaf.

That's right. After an impressive 34 gamertag changes, none of which appear to abide Xbox Live's Code of Conduct, you can be banned. Now you know!

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LOCKED: permanent suspension [Xbox.com via @ShawnElliott]


While it is pretty funny that this kid didn't learn from his mistakes, what I find really interesting in his response is that his punctuation and overall presentation is so poor. If he was really serious about writing an appeal to regain his account (that he pays money for), don't you think he would take the time to formulate an intelligent response and properly capitalize his sentences?

I realize we are all used to typing quickly for texts and emails, and thus take lots of shortcuts, but this is not the time for that. I'm really interested to see how he will write for something of a more serious matter later in his life (I'm assuming he is young). As an English teacher, this kind of problem bothers me (sorry), because half of being an intelligent person is knowing when to use proper punctuation, grammar, and spelling in different situations in life.