For the record, a post starting with "This site is a joke" will get you banned on pretty much every gaming site on the internet. Valid criticism and unnecessary insults are not the same. If he wanted to criticize the site, that's not the way to do it at all. That's immature and insulting. ioi has every right to ban someone for a statement like that, and the extended ban was certainly warranted by his actions after that. Sorry if you disagree, but that was his judgment call, and it was certainly an insult no matter how you look at it; no matter what the text he typed after that said.
I should have posted earlier; you took the words right out of my mouth. His point would have had much more meaning if he had not started with such an insult to the site. Although, I don't think that a ban was really needed. A warning; yes. A ban; not so much.
However, there are a few other factors that probably didn't help him.
1. I think that he only had about 30-40 posts. I don't think that that is enough time to earn the respect of anyone very easily. He was still within the first-impressions stage where any one of his comments could greatly change how a person views him.
2. He insulted something that ioi has spent nearly countless hours trying to perfect. I wouldn't find it hard to believe that that was a personal hit towards ioi and the site, so ioi's reaction doesn't really surprise me. Had he tried to use constructive criticism instead of insults, I doubt that there would be much of a problem.
3. Not only did he insult the site, but he also seemed to be attacking it and the mods. His second, and technically, third sentence accused the mods of banning people for speaking out against them. I believe the situation that he was talking about was how Leo-j had been banned. The quote was:
"Rocket pig? Are you Fing kiding me? He is as much as a fanboy as me or soriku. He HATES SONY. HATES, not DISLIKE, HATES"
Your ban is over, please behave. FishyJoe -I think that FishJoe didn't edit his post, so the quote above should be what Leo-J had said
While the above is technically speaking out against a mod, this was more of an attack towards rocketpig. He didn't back up this statement much ,if at all, and simply called rocketpig a fanboy. To me, this seems grounds for a ban especially taking in consideration Leo-J's on-off ranting/insulting past.
Sorry to cut this short( I am going to a lan party now). In the end I think that ioi was more in the right(than the wrong) for banning crucial, but to me a warning first would have probably been better. A warning would have also probably avoided this whole situation.