Is it not time mods went over some of the perma banned users and give them a second chance? The reason I am suggesting this is because I have just realized that there are some users that are temp banned for breaking rules a certain amount of times, whereas other users are permabanned, for breaking the same rule, the same amount of times. I am not sure if this is a genuine mistake on mods part, i.e new rule implementation after the perma bans, or just general inconsistency.
Caesar1844 07-24-2013, ~04:00 PM 3rd Discriminatory Remarks
LawrenceofTennis 03-06-2012 Never Discriminatory Remarks - 3rd Strike
Regardless of whichever reasoning, I think these users deserve to be given a second chance, to fall in line with the new rules the site has. To me, it is a little unfair that these users fell underneath rules of an old regime (didn't want to use that word lol).
I mean, a lot of users can be reformed, and I think a probationary period in which users in this case get a 1-2 month period to prove their worth, if they do, they stay, if they don't, they are perma banned...
This was a thought I had myself, but I soon persuaded myself to think again.
Mods, like judges, can only deal with the rules as they are at the time they apply them. Like all societies MTF evolves. Some rules become stricter or more explicit (baiting, trolling), some more relaxed, as in the example you quote.
I will give two ridiculously extreme examples from the U.K.
In 1965 the death penalty for murder was abolished. Someone who was hanged in 1964 cannot be brought back to life because the law is now different.
Conversely in 1967 abortion was made legal. A baby born in 1966 would now be 47. What if the mother did not want it, and would have aborted it if she could? Kill the 47 year old because the law has changed?
And who can say that the laws won't change back again at some point?
The mods have repeatedly said that they are not going back over old permabans, no matter how much you or I or anyone else would like to see it, and they will certainly not be applying new rules to old cases.