I think those bans are a rela pain in telegram groups IN GENERAL. They happen much too fast in many groups, with no second chance. When you invest in a project and get banned because some admin thinks you are fudding because he is tired and doesn’t know your intent, and are cut off the mainstream community because of that, you don’t want to be part of the project anymore. The only people that should be banned without hesitation are scammers. All others should have multiple second chances so communication IMPROVES BOTH SIDES. Bans should have a threshold (I think we say like that in English ?), starting with 10 mins ban, then getting longer, maybe :
- scammers : permanent ban
- very obvious bad behaviours like insulting, racism, hate, etc : long bans, jumping directly to X days according to gravity.
- 10 mins
- 20 mins
- 45 mins
- 2 hrs
- 6 hrs
- 12 hrs
- 24 hrs
- 3 days
- 6 days
Those are just examples, I have no idea how and if it can be integrated in telegram software.
You have to leave time to people to adapt to a community. Many are young and don’t know how to behave anonymously. Same for some of the mods, who I guess never managed a team in a company before, or aren’t professional teachers either.
You could also add warnings, likle a red flag, and not being banned without any notice, as it can be quite shocking to be exclused with no explanation and then, it’s over, like death itself. In real life, things happening like that are what happens in dictatureships. You post on whatsapp something negative about a king or military power thinking it’s rather mild, and the next day some guys in black show at your doorstep and your life is over. In a democracy you have specific laws and information on whats legal or not, and a clear level of punishment for every kind and level of infractions, and you also go through a trial, which could translate into different types of CLEAR warnings on a telegram group, and a chance for the person to DEFEND itself.
Of course, it’s easier to just ban, because it’s less, far less work for moderators. But I don’t think people being in crypto are lazy and lack ideology. I think it’s the contrary. Building a decentralized system on FAIR values needs hardwork, the same hard work as trying to create a perfect society. If its too much for a mod to inform, educate, share, communicate and accept the variety of personnalities, if he perfers unscaled and definitive bans, then he is not made to ba a mod.
Everything I said also goes for people participating on telegram groups, who have to learn to moderate their language, and express their opinions as if there are sharing them with members of a family, not strangers and enemies…