muru is one of the best users here, like Braiam and many other good folks. Out of curiosity, may I know why his account is suspended? He is a good guy. I just found out about his suspension by seeing he only has 1 reputation. I can't imagine what a veteran and nice man like him could do to deserve suspension.
This puts me in a strange position. Stepping through the incident might be a teachable moment but without their input —which they cannot currently give, for obvious reasons— it seems unfair to drag a defenceless user back through this. I also can't just delete this because censorship (sheeple!) so I'm left here giving you the vaguest confirmation.
- Yes, they earned a network wide suspension for activities on this site.
- It wasn't a mistake or an overreaction by a grumpy moderator.
- It wasn't an action that was taken lightly, at all, or without serious discussion.
- They will be thoroughly welcome back after their suspension is over.
It's horrible having to discipline a user you respect, even a user who is a massive net good for the site, but we can't give established users significantly more leeway than newer users. That wouldn't be fair. We uphold the rules as best we can, across the board. Indeed, "veterans" know better than most where the boundaries lie.
So I dispute in the strongest terms that this was a betrayal of any sort.
A suspension was the only option that would have been fair to other users.
Again, I'm not trying to drag muru through the mud. What's done is done. They are welcome back come the end of their suspension, as we have welcomed many other users back at the end of theirs. I can't speak to others' feelings other than to say I think our actions were consistent with site rules, they should not feel betrayed.
I could but won't make observations on specific user's conduct I've noticed myself. FWIW I've never lodged a complaint.
I will say that I received a 30 minute suspension in Ask Ubuntu General Chat Room which was good for me:
- It made me reflect on the feelings of others.
- The world can be politically biased to left and right extremes so jokes about politicians and mainstream media should be avoided.
After the 30 minute suspension ended I didn't hang out in the room as much as before. Perhaps only 1 to 5% as much?
Suspension taught me a lesson which it is designed to do. It doesn't matter how brilliant a person is here. Brilliance alone doesn't make one a shining star in diplomatic tact.