Back in 2011, Jeff wrote an excellent blog post discussing types of alternate bans:
- A hellbanned user is invisible to all other users, but crucially, not himself. From their perspective, they are participating normally in the community but nobody ever responds to them. (Hellban is also known as “shadowban.”)
- A slowbanned user has delays forcibly introduced into every page they visit.
- An errorbanned user has errors inserted at random into pages they visit.
I see that there’s a Discourse Shadowban plugin. But shadowban/hellbans are fairly easy for the banned user to discover: just browse the forum logged out.
Would the Discourse team consider implementing slowban or errorban? Or would that have to be a plugin?