I think if you read the thread you'll see that many are unsure what exactly the rules are. A poster making incendiary remarks about Muslims on the Dubai thread (I pdfed it, so I know) did not result in a ban. So I guess the enforcement of Shotgun's rules are unclear.
regarding Americans and Muslims from time ti time- No Ban
trolls heavily from time to time- No Ban
can be out of order from time to Time- No Ban
could be bad News at certain times- No Ban
can be a pain when he is in bashing Roddick plus his fans mode- No Ban
can also be out of order when it involves either Roddick or "doping Argies" Also very racist when it involves Black players- No Ban
was very violent and insulting to Safin Rules n.1 and me even after warnings- Perma ban
Suggested Burrows kill himself and got - 3 months Ban
suggested a poster kill himself- 6 months ban
suggested GlennMirnyi kill himself and picked fights with anyone who rose to the bait- 3 months ban.
- Argued with mods and fought them using multiple accounts.- Perma Ban.
- Became very powerful that the Mods decided they had to reduce his power by giving him a break.- 6 Month ban.
trolled heavily non stop
for the past 1 and half years and finally got a 6 months ban from GM were he was very active.
The guys in Category1 get away with it because they aren't always behaving that way. They have good reasonable days and aren't consistent pain in the backside. The way I see it, you can get away with a bit of racism, sexism, homophobia and trolling unless you take it to a level where it's no longer acceptable. Unless they become consistent in their trolling or get excessive they will always be safe as they Troll in Moderation.
The guys in Category 2 are beyond what is acceptable and deserve the punishments they received. These guys broke the main rules that say Personal insults won't be accepted especially when you ignore warnings or suggest that must one commit suicide. Also fighting with Mods is punishable by some kind of ban as they represent the authority around here. It was necessary for the sake of this board for these to either take a leave or leave for Good.
Category 3 is for special cases. GlennMirnyi normally would be safely in category 1 but because he didn't take a break and was like a broken tape repeating the same trolling over and over, non stop, they gave him 6 Month break as he wasn't trolling in Moderation.
Now this is the way things seem to work around here for me. Might as well make them official rules as Category 1 guys do their act in moderation and really do get away with it (aka RFK and the Sondraj fiasco)