Originally Posted by Howe_zat
The more I think about Daemon's ban the more it seems massively harsh to me. Before I begin, I want to make a couple of things clear:
1. I don't usually argue with bans. One man's trolling is another man's arguing and it's not my decision which is which.
2. The link Daemon posted was absolutely not appropriate and needed deleting.
My gripe is that, once the link was deleted, did the site really gain anything out of banning Daemon for a month? It seems quite clear that, as a poster with no infractions and no history of troublemaking, Daemon wasn't attempting to defy the rules for the heck of it. He just posted something he thought was interesting and rather stupidly didn't consider how other people might react.
Now, if this had been the latest in a long string of posting indecent content, it'd be fair to say we'd be better off without him. But it wasn't, and I'm sure that if you'd simply deleted the link and given the lad a strong talking to, and perhaps an infraction, he'd know he'd gone over the line on content and wouldn't post like that again.
As it is I think we've lost a good forumer, perhaps permanantly, and what bothers me is that it could have been me. I don't think he posted it with the intention of causing distress, and so a member has essentially been banned for making a mistake.
Daemon himself thinks it was a fair ban, but even as a mod I think I'm inclined to side with you here slightly. He's far from a trouble-maker and I think banning him for a month for it will be a net loss to the forum. The post was relevant to the thread and he was hardly going to go around doing it regularly and bringing the quality of the forum down with it.
The ban was a function not of moderator opinion, though, but of the infraction system we put in place to instill consistency and prevent specific opinion of members and the biases they bring from clouding the issue of the offences. Under the rules we have, which he would've known, it was a fair ban. I do think it might have exploited (for lack of a better word) a little hole in the infraction system wrt "offensive material" though; it's something that'll be discussed in the mod forum and possibly altered slightly in the future. There's a big difference between posting something like that in a relevant thread without a warning and posting hardcore porn images directly for example, yet the infraction is the same, which is arguably a little off.