I won't go into extreme details nor will I say names. If people were around earlier I suggest you PM each other, don't discuss it here...
First thing is first, we do not share private information on people nor will we disclose warnings we apply. You wouldn't want people airing out your dirty business, no matter how you might claim otherwise. People have a right to privacy, its that simple. Someone who trolls does not get excluded from that, nor does someone who posts questionable or stupid things. Us not disclosing what actions we take does not mean we condone bad behavior. The 2 or so times that something happened on a wide scale we did indeed publicly disclose most of what we did with the problematic people. Smaller things do not need to be disclosed to everyone. Its all part of the process we believe is best to deal with people.
One does not simply ban their problems away. That mentality is the same as those who think throwing people in jail and doing nothing else will solve society's problems. It doesn't. In fact, its proven that trying to properly correct bad behaviors is a better alternative to dealing with problematic people. So for everyone who keeps preaching that we ban everyone who does something bad, that's just not going to solve anything. It creates another problem, which is the over policing of the environment, or in this case this forum.
We have a 10 point warning system so people can learn from a mistake. Sure, some rules carry more weight than others and are therefore more grievous in nature. Comparing the severity of one warning to another will do you no good because you are comparing apples to oranges. Each rule is its own thing and you shouldn't assume that because Rule A is 8 points warning but Rule B is only 2, that Rule B is less important. There are levels within each rule and they are applied as the moderator sees fit. Our rule book is mainly a guidebook, and we have points alloted to each rule as a guide, but in reality a mod can apply them as they want. I for example am very liberal in that regard and will either outright ban a potential dupe account or suspend someone for a long period of time as opposed to giving them just points. But that's me, and when all new mods are hired we encourage them to apply the rule mainly as they are, and in the future be more liberal with them.
Too much of anything is bad. Compared to other websites Id say we do a pretty good job at keeping things balanced. I am a firm believer of a middle ground, and in general that mentality is shared by most of us. We all come from different backgrounds, religions, nationalities, countries/states, sexual orientation, race. We are a very diverse team and I think this applies to all of our staff as well. Perhaps we don't do a good job in communicating our diversity, but I suppose there will be future events where we might.
Moving on, we had a situation where an ex-mod was revealing private info, or was alluding to it. Honestly, I can speak on behalf of all of us that we are very disappointed and even disgusted, that this person we placed our trust in, this person we considered a friend and a part of our team, not only betrayed our trust, but also had us fooled this entire time. To go and start succumbing to petty attacks and taking swings at people he didn't like, people he disagreed with, people he knew personal stuff about, is honestly very low and we were not going to tolerate it. The trust we want you guys to have with us on a private level, regardless of whatever external differences we may have, is something we have strived to solidify for many years. To go and break this effort we put in, is honestly unforgivable. So that person was dealt with.
Lastly, I understand many of you wanted some clarification on what happened with those screenshots of Sad's old tweets. His Twitter account is his personal account and whatever he posted there years ago are his own tweets and responsibility. They do not represent this site or the staff here.