'What?', you say - well I said that too - It was this: In the ever popular http://www.lpsg.org/182934-failure-of-socialism.html thread spiker posted a link to a video and he later claimed had an embedded virus in the targeted page: He later posted this: It appears from the lack of red text in the Mod actions thread entry that this is a perma-ban. I don't really have a personal take on spiker other than my experience of him is that he likes to provoke reaction and my assumption (a dangerous thing, I know) is that that is what he was doing here. But, motivation aside, what do people think of this ban? A member posts a harmless link and later, when some people may have accessed it, claims it was malicious. About 2 hours later* the same member states that there was no malicious content on the linked page. The actual time the link was up is immaterial as there was never any threat. * That's the time frame as best as I can work out from Edit times shown on other posts before and after the quoted posts. I don't think there is any question that a member doing that is trying to dupe and spook at least part of the LPSG membership - but is it really deserving on a permanent ban? I'm more than happy than the mod team sees fit not to leave this kind of behaviour unpunished but perma-ban? Really? It is really a less acceptable behaviour that the repeated harassment and baiting that people get 7 and 30 day bans for? I see it as more of a parallel with a one off baiting / harassment type incident and I don't really understand why the different treatment. Certainly if a member intentionally links to a genuine malicious page I would be in favour of a permanent ban - but that's not what happened. Discuss.