Many people think that the job of a moderator is to suspend or ban, but those are just tools. The job here is to have a site and/or comments that are worth reading. The goal is that rather than continue the meme of "Don't Read Comments" to instead build a culture and community where the comments are as vital as any other content.
To try and further my efforts towards that I'm testing a system I'm calling probation.
In the future (near or far I don't know) there will be something like "Vine-acity" with both achievements and penalties. It will be easier for the technical experts to have the penalties be visible first. Those would call out a user that is suspended or recently suspended (twice length of suspension) or banned (or perhaps previously banned).
That's the future.
But right now I'm going to try probation. Three users are going to be allowed access to their accounts. They have communicated after their banning, seem contrite and will be carefully watched. Ideally they return to the "society of Newsvine" as quality members.
My experiment may not work, but it also may. In previous moderation efforts we had a suspension of a year, and yes, people came back. These users were not gone for a year, but it's been more than a month in some cases much longer than a month.
I am not interested in debating the individual users' returns to Newsvine.
I would enjoy feedback regarding the concept of the idea and ways it could be implemented.
Please stop reassuring me of how respectful you are whenever you're about to tell me that I'm an idiot. - Ender's Shadow, Orson Scott Card