Originally Posted by Prince EWS
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.
Thanks for that explanation, and I hope you do look into tweaking the rules a bit. I suppose that the main root of the argument here is how much power the mods should have to use their own discretion, as oppose to abiding by the letter of the infractions system. I'm inclined to think that the mods here are good enough to use their own judgement in the vast majority of cases, and the infractions sytem as it stands tends to restrict the solutions available to them.