David Boothroyd wrote
In February, blocked wrongly for a
non-existent 3RR, at 1 AM in the middle of an edit that had taken
an hour, I self unblocked. I was a very naughty boy and I was
punished by being blocked again, but everyone seemed to think that
Then, months later a completely unrelated issue in which I was
tangentially involved goes to ArbCom and results in this issue being
dragged up again.
Yes, you can have forgiving, and you can have transparent, but you
may not be able to have both at once.
ArbCom is the only body that can remove admin status,
self-administered recalls, then how does it cope with low-level but
persistent admin misbehaviour? ArbCom is much better at dealing with
egregious single incidents.
But that comment is in tension with the previous point.
If there is persistent incivility by someone, and there is a case
brought, then everything from the year dot can in principle be
brought up. Everyone should bear in mind that the site has an
Perhaps that the solution should be to disallow any evidence more than
six months old except in some predetermined kinds of cases.
Wouldn't this allow people to never learn?
They could just start again every six months.