from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The power of a sysop to block a user or potential user from participating at a website.
  • v. To block a user from participating at a website.


ban +‎ hammer (Wiktionary)



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  • This word is still in high frequency usage in video gaming contexts, from my observation. Blogs and such, it does seem a little dated, recalling to mind things like Geocities and latter Usenet. I don't think it was much in common usage at all prior to 2000, though. It's not in the jargon file, which is telling.

    November 24, 2016

  • I've been told that this is very 1999 slang, and that my colleague prefers the slightly more recent 2000s version, b&, pronounced bampersand.

    November 23, 2016

  • Protect us from Polish spam mills,
    Purveyors of nostrums and pills.
    Oh, heed your fan clamor
    To bring the banhammer
    And cast out the scammers and shills.

    November 23, 2016