First and foremost, I would like to mention that I come in absolute peace, and however this post is painted is not my responsibility, but only I know the truth; I have values, and I’m as diplomatic online as I am in person (you can trust that), but there are boundaries to things that I feel deserve a voice to follow if they’re crossed. As someone who has asked to become a moderator, I feel like this is a relevant topic to bring up, and I’ll be sure to tread lightly as I go through.
There’s some incongruity in how temporary suspensions and “permanent” or “extensive” bans are handled. Most victims of what has been sarcastically referred to as the “pan hammer” are generally well-meaning citizens of these forums; for instance, I was recently suspended (for a week) for my first time ever, the reason being that I made a harmless joke referring to the War Dragons referral system as “discriminating” (making a play at the fact that not everyone has friends to refer to the game). This was the very obvious catalyst for my suspension because I hadn’t made any other directly controversial statements right then, nor within a years’ span of my time as an active forumgoer, but at the beginning of the post, I very explicitly urged readers to peruse the full post prior to forming opinions or acting upon misconception, because the conclusion revealed the true joking nature of the post and offered reasons/suggestions regarding the referral system.
As stated, most ban victims are innocent, but we see people with warmongering intent plaguing the forums freely and unaddressed, practically flaunting their gold seal of approval. There was a stellar example of such a user in the past, but he’s finally been banned, after years of hijacking numerous threads, making fun of troubled players, and gaining lots of notoriety for himself within the community.
I do think that unless the offense warrants such a measure (such as racism, sexism, ableism, etc., whereby an immediate and extremely prolonged ban would be justified), there should be a warning system to ensure that the offender knows what it was they did wrong and doesn’t re-enact the offense; there should also be an account audit done so that the banner gets a more thorough viewpoint and doesn’t misplace a punishment. Punitive measures are only reasonable when the premises align with them, and placing a vague ban or suspension would only leave room for future mishaps.
Coming full circle, I would like to reiterate that I don’t mean to incite dissent nor be a negative contributor; I am only saying that the current system has many faults. However this post is made out to be is not my responsibility, but the truth is that I still have my respect and my dignity, and I hold onto them in the creation of this post. I know what it’s like to be put in a place without reason, both online and in real life, and only advocate for a better environment.
Edit: Also, I am not creating this post solely due to my suspension, as I am one amongst a wave of recent “pan hammer” victims.