Originally Posted by raykilleen
I prefer the Wild West
The thing is, Steve doesn't. In fact, he doesn't want this forum, which bears his name and the name of his book, to degenerate into a "lowest common denominator" type of site, like so many others out there. If you really prefer a "no holds barred, anything you can get away with, post first and ask questions later" type of discussion board, then this site is probably never going to be entirely to your taste. There are plenty of sites out there that will suit your desire for more chaos, though.
Originally Posted by Curtis2011
I think it would be useful to have a thread or some sort of page that kept track of every username that has been banned, with a one-line explanation or reference to the reason they were banned.
There are literally THOUSANDS. I'm not kidding. Most are spammers, of course, but there are not only privacy considerations, there is the time and bandwidth consideration involved with posting thousands of banned usernames for the general public to view.
Originally Posted by supertom
I think the "reason" would be not being respectful to other members, I doubt the mod will be able to elaborate on what was said without breaking the rules themselves.
To repeat what Mounds noted, no user ever gets banned for no reason. There is always a reason. There is almost always a discussion prior to banning (not usually with spammers, of course). Generally when a well-established member is banned, there was a detailed discussion and the person has a string of warnings and misbehaviours on their record. The notion that mods just go willy nilly banning people for no good reason is absurd.
And, frankly, the idea that the forum members at large need to know the details of other peoples' transgressions and warnings strikes me as just a little voyeuristic.