I understand the desire for transparency as well as the wanting clarification, especially on a permanent action such as this. I mean a permaban should always include a reason why, at least once. I can understand if users try to circumvent IP blocks not getting an explanation. But, are any of you really surprised by this banning? If you are, you're waaaaaaaaaaaaaay more liberal than I am. This is just my opinion but if I built my own house, I'd expect a certain code of conduct within, without feeling the need to post it on the walls. While this is 'the internet', it is also still Cheapy's house and I can respect that.
The problem is if it's "your house" and you put up a set of rules for everyone to follow, you should be punishing the ones who break THOSE rules. Not unwritten ones.
Like most others, I'm not against a banning if the user earned it, and certainly icedragon15 had more than his share of reported posts. But if it is true that he was banned without an explanation from the mods - or even a warning! - then this is very troubling indeed. A member of this forum should at least have a chance to improve his behavior, especially one who is as active and has been here as long as tebow. In many ways I consider this my home on the internet, and I would be very upset if I was suddenly cut off from this community and many people I've come to think of as friends without any reason why, or a chance to make amends.
That's not how it works here. Every time I've been silenced or banned (90% of the time by you know who, and I won't get into that), there are NO warnings and NO explanation of why you have been banned. Silences and bans here are knee-jerk with (usually) no reasoning behind them and that's what's frustrating to everyone who frequents this site and makes Cheapy money. That's really not cool.
Also, once you are silenced or banned, the system is broken. Not only do you receive no warning or information towards why you were punished, you can't communicate with the moderators whatsoever. Back when I was banned once (completely unjustly) I made a new account (with an obviously temporary name) and ONLY PMed Shrike for information about my ban. I even made it clear to him "I only made this account to message you and ask what happened, not to circumvent my ban." What happened? No reply, I received an IP ban immediately. The only option you have is to email Cheapy, which is a bit silly. That's the moderators' job, not his.
There truly is no logic behind the moderating system here. I understand these people are doing a thankless, unpaid job (which makes no sense, because they keep order on a FOR profit site), but that doesn't give them a free card to do anything and everything they want to. There still needs to be a level of communication, transparency, and understanding between moderators and users here, and currently there is not. Is that really that much to ask? It really isn't.
But it seems like Cheapy and the mods are more or less ignoring this discussion, and I'd be surprised to see any reply at this point. It's just a "this is how we do it, too bad" situation, and it's really kind of a slap in the face to people who love and support this site. This is why I left for awhile in the first place.