Well, the key word in your sentence is "stupid'
Everybody on MTF knows that double accounts aren't allowed and the rules state that a 1st infraction leads to a 3 month ban. So, if you start a double account for whatever reason, that's the risk you take knowingly.
Actually, at the time this happened I went to read the rules (for the first time
) and it wasn't clear at all that a first DA offence would automatically lead to a 3-month ban. There was some crap about moderators' discretion which seemed to suggest that the moderators would look at the circumstances of the case first before handing out the ban. I asked about this in the thread on leng's ban and apparently it was so worded to prevent cases where a user registered years ago, forgot about his account, and registers again, therefore creating a "double account". Was this made clear in the rules? No, it wasn't. I haven't gone back to check it since but hopefully the wording has been changed.
At the time the DA was found out a couple of people close to him thought that it would be quite clear that the DA was just a joke account and he'd maybe get an infraction without a ban, or maybe a few weeks' ban. When he was banned for 3 months the utter lack of common sense in the decision was just rather shocking, to put it rather dramatically.
If you can't do the time, don't do the crime, as they say (although "crime" is a bit heavy as a word to use here).
You may argue that the rule was made for trolls and leng jai was only having fun among friends but by allowing one ban to be reduced, you've opened up a can of worms IMO. Besides, what's "just fun" for one person is annoying to the next person.
The references to "common sense" and "fair" is all subjective talk given the fact that I've seen enough posters sit out a 3 month ban for a double account only used in a chat thread among friends. Talk of fairness is utter nonsense if you consider what has happened on MTF for long enough (as you can see, I've been here since 2005). By allowing one ban to be reduced for a popular poster, moderators have opened themselves up to criticism.
There's nothing that the mods can do about the cases that have already happened (except repent for their mistakes
) but contrary to opening up a can of worms, I think they've set a good precedent. From what you said it sounds like the unfairness was being perpetuated which obviously wasn't a good situation. Thankfully in leng's case, enough people spoke up on his behalf to reverse it. It would have been unfair to him
to let the 3-month ban stay for his stupid (stupid!) DA, and if a similar situation arises in the future with another poster who also creates a stupid DA to joke amongst his friends, it would be unfair to that poster if he got a blanket 3 month ban.
This applies to the wishing death punishment as well.
A good thing I'm not a moderator, right?
Can't disagree with this.