Originally Posted by Mark Lenders
But looking at the number of users currently banned because of this particular offense, it's easy to see that this rule has become a parody of itself.
I'd say that it's more a case of there being too many posters who seem to be unable to follow a very simple rule:
do not wish death, not even as a joke.
Being too upset and too mad to think straight shouldn't be an excuse. It's not exactly rocket science. You don't have to be a member of MENSA to understand it. You don't need the life experience of a 70-year old to grasp it.
I don't believe that many people who do write a death wish actually mean for that person to die (and if some do, they need therapy IMO).
As I see it, it's just an overly aggressive way of communicating. Get creative, for heaven's sake.
Saying things like "posters who don't agree that player X is superior to player Y, should just kill themselves" is overly aggressive. Of all the methods to disagree with somebody and to get your point across, you're saying "kill yourself"?
However, I do agree with you that perhaps the mods were right in reducing leng jai's ban for creating a double account (although I think that again; the rule is clear: do not create a double account) while others, less popular MTF posters, had to sit out the full ban. That's not quite correct.
I'm still not quite sure what scoobs is looking for here.
it's a case of looking for a way to give everybody - and not just the popular ones - a better way to appeal? Leng jai had enough people on MTF to do his fighting for him but others who are not so popular or who are simply less known on MTF, don't.
I'd say that it shouldn't be up to others to make the appeal because it's then when it threatens to become a popularity contest.
It should be up to the person who receives the ban to make his/her case, for example by writing out a clear procedure for the appeal (set up an email account and make sure that people who are banned can still look up that email address when they're banned from the forum).
If they've allowed it for leng jai, they have to give everybody a way to appeal to get a punishment reduced.