Originally Posted by Molson
Being an adminstrator at 3 rather large forums, I have personally been involved in MANY similar situations. Sure #1 works, but after the "report Post" button gets worn out as people see that if someone offends them, they will get booted if enough complaints come in.
We have taken the #2 route often, and it works. People learned to deal with certain individuals, or put them on an ignore list.
I'm not telling you how to run anything, don't get me wrong, I'm just giving my opinion. Sure I'm on his team and may be a little bias, but I'm also a well experienced user of forums, and it happens everywhere. Its pretty much a part of forum life.
Well... #2 isn't fair for the majority of users. If we go that route, we might as well just bring Greylocks back and tell all the whiners about his attitude to "suck it up and just ignore him if you don't like it."
Also, the "report post" function was put in to use well after Clay's first several bannings... this isn't a new issue.