5 .Disconnecting instead of surrendering - This is 2 and half minutes, which is not so long to wait and watch (though yes shouldn't have to wait at all) . I think these people are punished enough by the thread where their disconnections (as well as elements of their strategy/set up) are posted for all to see. I think the disconnectors are mostly angry with themselves mainly so it is not calculated like the other 4 things in the list .
The reason i voted for a week ban (if there must be a ban) rather than a day , is that , when i look in the recently met section , the players who disconnected on me often haven't played a game since 2 or 3 days later , so if they got a day ban they would just come back 3 days later unaware they'd been banned at all. (they might get an email i suppose , but i don't think a valid email is even necessary to have an account)
...while it is so easy to set up another account , is there any point in banning anyone for anything ?
Despite this critical sounding post i'd like to say the people who give up their time to deal with these issues - which is appreciated - should of course go forward and prioritize whatever they see fit (having taken on board other suggestions as they doubtless do ) so good luck with their project. .
Tobermoryx, some good points. We all probably have our ranking of the frustrating issues on the site, but your is a well-thought-out one. I particularly like your point about the questionableness of banning for shorter times, or in the world of aliases.
I would disagree with the low position of the disconnecting issue perhaps, but the others are common also. A point I would make is just because someone may not premeditate an action they take, that doesn't mean we should continue to look the other way. Bad behavior should not be allowed either way, in my opinion. Whether it is intentional or not, or mean-spirited or not, we shouldn't stand idly by because there was no premeditation. It's still bad behavior, right?
To restate what I wrote above, a chunk of the cases I personally have are definitely premeditated and the worst form of cheap cheating. So it's hard to even say that there is no mean-spiritedness involved.
Also, I would point out that the deterrent factor you state of having one's setup on the screen doesn't count for anything with many players on the site because only a small percentage are forum members