Does that matter?
FiBeR has portrayed himself as a man willing to engage in sexual practises with another man. How can he have cause for complaint? And as has been stated many, many times, bisexual is not actually an insult, unless you are homophobic.
I actually assumed that Excalibur must have PMed/repped/posted something else. If you are confirming that he got banned because he suggested in a post (btw I doubt Excalibur's post was meant to be taken at face value - real consitency here
) that FiBeR was bisexual then I am flabbergasted. Honestly. That is terrible moderating.
On another, but related, note, I'm not a fan of "campaigning" for popular members to have bans shortened, and I strongly feel that every banned/infracted user should have the same sort of recourse to appeal their ban. I don't "know" any mods/admins off the board. If I were ever banned I wouldn't even know how to go about complaining/appealing my ban
Even if it would matter, none of the mods were aware of such a rep, even if it was posted in a thread, as you showed earlier. Had JMG reported it, action would've been taken. And maybe I used the wrong expression, when I said it shouldn't be taken at face value, I just don't see how that rep has any connection to Pablo's ban.
As I said above, Pablo was warned to ignore FiBeR, both were told to stop with their bickering. Pablo still made that post, whether it was a joke or not, I can still see FiBeR's point of view and can understand his annoyance at often being the butt of Pablo's jokes. If FiBeR isn't willing to discuss his sexual orientation in public nor does he appreciate it being discussed, well I think that's his right and considering the past between the two Pablo should've known better. And the ban is also not a result of just that one post, but a culmination of all prior warnings given to Pablo on this matter.
I would say that campaigning to get bans and suspensions shortened don't really have much of an effect, I do understand that it's sometimes perceived that they do, but in those cases (mainly when the suspensions are longer) it's usually the mods discussing it, who reach a decision that the initial suspension was not correct, i.e. too long, I would say the influence from the public opinion is minimal.
When someone is infracted, they have a very simple way of appealing their warnings, as the infractions are received in PM form and can be replied to. You bring up a good point about being able to appeal bans, I know some forums that have special sub-forums, where banned posters can post and appeal their ban, maybe something like that could be implemented here too. But I think that the only way possible way of doing it would be if there would be a way of doing it in private, between the mods and the poster without any outside influence, because otherwise it can easily devolve into such threads, where very little constructive posting is done and usually the main focus is on bashing the mod's decision.
So anything in this post worth nitpicking too?