Why should banned users be allowed access to any features of the site from which they are banned? Makes no sense. When I toss someone and shut them out of a nightclub for being assholes I don't let them in at all for a period, why should I? "I swear, I'm only gonna talk to the bartender and I won't drink!"
Banned is banned, if someone does something stupid they should be punished for it. I can't say I agree with all the bans in here (or the lack of them in some cases) but the rules on banned users are as they should be imo.
At least you could tell them they are banned.
And it doesn't block access to the site. You can still read the forums, you just can't post. So really, it's not any different.
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