Re: Listing of Banned Members and when ban will be lifted?
I've been banned twice. Once, the second time, I definitely deserved it. Sorry to Diwali for being such jerk in a PM I sent you.
The first time I was banned, I used forbidden words with altered spellings. Many do it. Why my transgression was beyond the limit, I could never know because it I could not see the original posting. So, I could never review my mistake/choice.
Some very good posters were permanently banned but this could be because they decided to retire rather than appeal. I have not noticed that moderators would absolutely refuse to review a life time ban. And there were discussions that indicated that they allowed some PM'ing so that people had an emotional connection could exchange emails and remain in contact in IRL before their ban became final.
It is partly a responsibility of the participants to be tactful and keep administrative hassles to a minimum, so that the moderators don't have to spend a lot of time maintaining discipline.
I have also wondered about the banning of trolls. Should their bans include some notice so that future readers of their posts can see the poster was not necessarily honest.