Since it is sorted by last activity, the only way a suspended account could stay in that list forever is if a) the user list is very small on the order of 20 people or b) users visit the site extremely rarely, say once every month.
that would explain it then, because both apply: we’re a small group (the people in my forum all know each other ‘almost personally’) and we’ve been connecting elsewhere while I restructured the forum.
i’m getting ready to bring them back in, but i’ve suspended a number of accounts until things are back in flow, and the following, which anyone will see when they click a user name will rather rub that in:
i’m aware that they will see that likewise when they click a user name in a topic, but typically when they want to message someone, they will find that name in the /~u user page and so it would have made more sense (for me) if the suspended accounts simply didn’t appear.
having said that, i appreciate that the majority of forums won’t be such a sensitive and intimate bunch as my lot, and that the present display works for larger numbers.
and so perhaps my opening question should have been: Is it very necessary that the “this user is suspended until X” should appear on their profile?
i can obviously see its use ‘in a general way’, but i could really do without it.