So I haven't been active the past couple days because I am in the middle of finals hell. I am mentally and physically exhausted at this point and really shouldn’t be spending the time to write this because I should be studying but I’ll just clear up some issues here. Toast was banned because he broke the rules on multiple occasions and was given plenty of chances beforehand. It’s not like his warnings were trivial things, they were all insults against fellow users and staff. We operate on a 3 strikes rule, one ban = a week, two bans = a month, three bans = you’re out. I think the 3 strikes you're out system is fair as it allows members to know what rules they're breaking several times so we don't rush to conclusions (because several warnings always follow a ban) and allows us to deal with repeat offenders. This is a lot more leeway than just about any other site gives you. Believe me I don't like perma banning people. I hate to block people on YouTube or ban them from the site. It's not a fun thing to do, it's something I take seriously but rules are rules and we need to follow them to ensure the forums runs smoothly. We need some sort of ultimate enforcement mechanism to ensure there is a penalty for users who continually break the rules, if there isn’t a user has no real incentive not to. We don’t ever want to start banning people just because we don’t like them or for shits and giggles and that is certainly not what happened here. When I was faced with the prospect of banning Toast most of the mods asked that it not be a perma ban, but I decided since it was his third ban we needed to follow the rules and issue a perma ban. If I start making decisions based on the perceived popularity of users the system falls apart and the rules must be applied evenly to everyone with no exceptions. I felt that it wasn’t necessary to announce the fact to avoid drama like this. We were doing so well, people were getting along, interesting debates were still happening on the forums and over the past few days we have had record numbers of posts per day. Perhaps it wasn’t the right move or perhaps it was but that is irrelevant now. That is all I have to say on the issue I will take any questions but please keep them short. Like I said I am in the middle of finals hell and I have already devoted more time away from my studies to deal with this than I should have.