My 2 Cents About Banning/Deleting Users:
This has become a very hot topic over the last couple of days. There are a few users who have been deleted, one very rightfully so, one that may have been deleted without cause.
There needs to be a list of standards for everyone to follow.
1. Do a "list of rules", or something that gives standards for a user on the site. More than just the standard "terms and agreements". Items such as "no personal attacks", and so forth. These rules will probably be very obvious to some of us, but need to be put in black and white so there are no questions on what the rules are.
2. Put this list somewhere on the site where everyone has access to it and can get to it easily, so no one can claim ignorance.
3. When someone violates the "list", do a 3 strikes and you are out policy. Warning, suspension, deletion.
4. Give folks a time or 2 to redeem themselves. No IP banning at this point.
5. For chronic cases, people like Roy who not only launch personal attacks, but accuse others of not following the rules without cause or evidence, IP ban.
6. Have an open forum for folks to resolve issues like dupes. Personally, I find it amusing that people use dupes to vote for themselves, but there are a lot of folks here who do a lot of work on TD's and really do a ton of research and those folks deserve better. Caught using a dupe, the dupe account is deleted and a strike is put against the person who is doing it.
If the rules only apply to some folks, but not others, it becomes arbitrary. That's not good. The fact that people like Roy, and there are others but not nearly so extreme, can come back and just throw out insults to others, while others are deleted without nothing even resembling a warning, it isn't fair and isn't right.
As long as there are no standards, there will always be debate and questioning why some users are deleted. The moment there are standards, it becomes a lot more obvious for all those involved to what is going on.