Yes, I would give permabanned posters another chance after perhaps 2/3 years. The longest temporary ban is 1 year, so this seems reasonable to me. Some people do change, others do not, and we would soon see which is which.
I do not think this would involve weakening the sanctions at all.
I like this idea. Maybe we should have something like a parole board after two years
What on earth are you suggesting?
And you didn't apparently know him very well at all, perhaps by virtue of the fact that you were not on the wrong end of his agreement or approval. He's always had a nasty streak in him.
Agree. 90% of his posts outside of the game threads were constant trolling, baiting and provoking.
To me it was simply a case of BigJohn having had enough. He started a thread where he wanted to know if people had been called "blind haters" like him, presumably by Clay Death. Then of course CD himself shows up and tries to become the center of the thread as he always does. John, who to me seemed to be a bit depressed at the time, finally snapped after CD refused to stop this trolling act. Unlike last year's ACC warm-up, John now obviously couldn't control his anger when CD was insulting him and threw everything he had at him.
CD of course resorted to reporting John and that was the end of it.
However BigJohn was in no way a model poster and could be very offensive at times so while the actions leading up to the permaban were unexpected, the ban itself was no shocker.
CD is not an angel on this forum, but it was BJ who started shit stirring against CD a long time ago, and he would not let go. CD didn't have a problem against the guy before that. Even the thread you are talking about was started in order to provide the opportunity for CD bashing/provoking. I applaud his ability to fool people.