Coming back for a short time to address something: Final-Fan you said your greatest concern was that you didn't have the right to post criticism, but this whole topic has been nothing but you posting criticism without any mod action taken against you. Shouldn't that alleviate that concern?
I guess at this point I don't understand what you are trying to accomplish. You have proved your point. You shouldn't be concerned about posting criticism respectfuly, because you yourself have just proven that's absolutely allowed. There is nothing left to be gained in this discussion.
What I said was "It made me afraid that any criticism could be punished by banning if a mod happened to feel that way
." [emphasis added] I certainly don't think that ioi has suddenly decided to ban every single person who looks at him sideways. In fact, I think that this was an isolated case, as I told you earlier, of ioi getting really annoyed and taking it out on someone who vocally criticized his site.
I do think that this thread is drawing to a natural close, but the one thing that would kill it stone dead is ioi saying, "Yeah, I overreacted when I banned him for 3 months, but I'm sure not negating that ban after all the stuff he's pulled since." I'm not in any way demanding that he do this
, and I think that this thread will soon die in any case. I'm just saying.
[edit: The question this entire discussion has revolved around is, "If Crucial had been a good boy and not acted up when banned, would his ban have been dropped to one day or just a warning?" If the answer is yes, we can all meet in Happy Land.]