Well, thanks to all for contributing here.
To make a point clear. We can have Moderation stricter, whilst dropping the permaban rule, despite what Bulldog is correctly saying. We can have longer ban periods more strictly and more transparently (as Lenders points out) applied. Taking out the permaban rule will not make Moderation more lax. Why put the user through endless cycles? Because anyone always deserves a new chance. If in society some guy gets drunk 15 times and breaks some minor rules, does that guy deserve permanent isolation from society? I think not. Punishment should be increasingly severe for each rule breaking, but never capital.
On a second note, why was this thread moved here? In order to have less users see it and contribute to it, right? Because, the NT traffic cannot possibly compare with Suggestions section. I would like to thank the Moderator team for this big helping hand once again. I know that the thread titles suggests it be moved here, but this is an important debate that needs to be seen by all.
Agreed wholeheartedly. On your second note, during the debate, I personally would have moved it as a sticky in the GM section like Live Rankings, where it is clearly visible to all.
There have been a lot of good points made in this thread, and my thanks to all who have made their contributions.
I think most want to see good moderation, but good moderation also requires good, reasonable rules and guidelines to help the moderators. And this thread was started to debate rules changes, not to criticize moderation of the rules. But I understand that it goes hand in hand, so I didn't press the matter.
While many of us would like to see a more personal and less "robotic" approach, as has been mentioned, I'm not sure if it is realistically possible to do for everything in a forum of this size with unpaid moderation. Still, I think that when making some key decisions such as banning people, many things should be taken into account, and not just a pure slavery to a rule or rules. But perhaps they already are.
We don't really know because there is almost no transparency in decisions.
I don't think we need to go as far as having everybody involved in a forum wide debate on a person's lengthy or permanent ban, but it might be nice to see the reasoned decision published by the lead admin/mod on the case, instead of the simplistic "banned for multiple infractions" comment. I think the populace of the forum deserve at least this much enlightenment.
Thanks again for your contributions and consideration!