Portraying horrible things as horrible is certainly the right way to handle them.
One of the constant complaints about our moderation is that we let disruptive users continue to be disruptive for way too long because they never do one single bright-line violation, but rather constant pushing of the boundaries.
From my point-of-view, that's over. Constant pushing of the boundaries sooner or later is sufficient grounds for getting rid of someone. In this case, he's had multiple warnings about his behavior and while the stuff here is no big deal stood on its own, it is a continuation of what he'd been warned about.
I realize that some people get paranoid about bannings because, I think, they are worried that their social skills are not good enough to discern the boundaries. In this case, using us as a testbed for trollfic is not acceptable when that's nigh-on all they do around here.
Really, he should have been banned for incidents in the past; this is minor.
I'll leave this thread open for a little bit to respond to any questions, because I'd rather a spirit of openness about this. I will lock it later.
edited 22nd Dec '11 7:15:29 PM by Morven
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