Suspension reason on User Card seems un-civilized


(c-i-p-h-e-r-1) #1

I was going to contact another user privately and I saw that they had been suspended. What surprised me was that the reason they were suspended was displayed.

This seems a bit like public shaming behind the user’s back, which doesn’t really seem to fit the idea of “Civilized Discourse”. I understand that there is a need to indicate a user has been suspended, but is it necessary to indicate why?


(Mittineague) #2

I agree. the member should be made aware of the reason, but others not so much.

I guess for newer “not really a member” accounts it makes little difference.

But for an established member that had a rough patch and messed up the value of wearing a scarlet letter as a means of discipline is questionable.

IMHO it is a Moderators responsibility, once aware that the reason can be seen, to use discretion in what they put there.

eg. “non-member” vs. “repeatedly flaming members”


(Jeff Atwood) #3

This was covered at some length in other topics already. The balance is that it’s not shown on every post, but it is shown if you view the profile.

Few more if you search for “scarlet” as in


(Jeff Atwood) #4