Second, my apologies to anyone I have asked for advice about posting this topic & questions. I was waffling a bit.
I'll try to keep the text of this short, given what I think is a pretty complex background and a relatively recent significant shift in board rules. I think those who know me well can guess what my opinions are, and my questions at the end likely make it even clearer, but I've tried to stick with neutral statements in composing this post. The basic idea of this thread started as 'huh, what's going on?'. If you're not interested in the background, or it's too long (screencaps are about half the post length), my questions are at the end of the post.
As far as I know, we've always had here a courtesy from the staff: no one's account is deleted, no matter what they've done. The group 'dead accounts' is used for permabans (and indefinite suspensions?), and some posters who have decided to leave are in the 'awaiting authorisation' group (people in either of these categories are not in the Member List linked at the bottom of the page, AFAIK). This no-deletion policy is a courtesy that I have always appreciated, though it's never been codified into any version of the guidelines, AFAIK. 'Dead account' summarizes the situation of a permaban pretty well, IMO, while leaving the profile the same as for members still able to post.
There's also a continuing courtesy from the staff to announce board-wide bans. This used to be in the guidelines. The banning of eninn in May was announced. Again, I appreciate this courtesy being continued--if nothing else, it lets the members know we're not going to see that person post again. (For 99% of cases that is, I know of some permabans--'dead accounts'--who have returned to the 'Islander' group in the past.)
That's basically my preface: two things, one always a courtesy and one formerly a guideline, but both have stood through many, many things at Ex Isle.
Onto the things more relevant to my questions. The examples aren't a commentary on the posters themselves. All examples were accessed yesterday in a US time zone. The following four examples are what a 'dead account' has, to my recollection, always looked like (except for changes due to board upgrades, etc.):
Dead accounts, profile viewable
I think the above four were permabanned in 2005/2006 and in 2010. As far as I know, all were announced. There are other examples, but I went with the first few I found.
The following two examples are 'dead accounts' whose profiles are not viewable (screencap example below for another poster), and whose handles can't be clicked on in their posts and therefore looks like a deleted account (I'll attach a screencap of what the difference looks like in the skin I use). Both bans were announced. One is from 2011(?) and the other is from May of this year.
Dead accounts, profile not viewable:
Thoughts 1 - 10, 'no longer active' looks like another way of saying 'deleted'. Or, it could mean staff only may view the profile. I try not to hang out where account deletions happen.
Now are two examples that I find most confusing, and are the start of my 'huh, what?'. The profile error message is the same as for the two posters above. They're still in the Islander group, but aren't in the member list (that list in order of posts screencaps are attached below, showing the range they'd be in for their respective letters). There's no announcement of a boardwide suspension that I can find.
Islanders, profile not viewable
This is a mixed message: other Islanders have viewable profiles. Some 'dead accounts' do and some don't.
Screencap examples (with apologies to LotS for using one of his posts as a contrast example for clickable vs. non-clickable):
Again, based on these examples, I'm asking about things that are essentially courtesies (particularly the no deletions policy) that have been extended to the membership over the Isle's history. My questions are basically:
Isn't 'dead account' adequate to indicate a permaban, and the posters with non-clickable names: have the accounts been deleted?
Are some boardwide suspensions no longer being announced?
Another plea that I hope this thread doesn't result in any boots. Thank you for reading.
Edited by Anakam, 14 June 2014 - 02:29 PM.