I’ve been dragging my feet on writing this, which I have promised, but I think we should have an RFC to lock down procedures for a permaban.
In general, no member of this community shall be permanently banned without a vote by the community. Such a vote shall be initiated by a moderator and take the form of an RFC to discuss banning the member followed by a separate thread to record the vote, in accordance with established procedure for an RFC. The vote threshold for a permanent ban shall be:
The following are exceptions and may be permanently banned by a moderator without ratification by the forum users:
- Obvious spam accounts
- Obvious troll accounts, including gimmicks from established posters
- New accounts by posters who have been involuntarily permabanned (posters who have voluntarily asked for a permaban can come back under a new user name)
- New accounts for evading a temporary ban
- New accounts by posters who have made a wager on this forum with a permanent ban being a condition of the wager
Any involuntary permanent ban may be undone via the RFC process with the same vote threshold as required to ban a user.
Any user given an involuntary permanent ban enacted before this RFC is passed may request a one-time vote to ratify that ban. They must be able to find a current user who will serve as their advocate and run the RFC. If that vote fails to reach the ban threshold, the previously-banned user will be re-admitted to this community as a member in good standing.