This is a way shitty time to get the ban hammer. And since the Mod staff doesn't share the REASON for a ban, it is difficult to know why any particular recipient of a banging with the ban hammer got it. But still, to eat a ban NOW, in the immediate run up to THE Election (less than three weeks to go), is very harsh. Therefore, in the Spirit of the Season (Joy to the world!), I think CLEMENCY may very well be in order. With the exception (sigh) of some miscreants who maybe went WAY the hell out of line -- wouldn't it make sense to wipe the slate clean for most present members languishing under a ban? Clemency in time to let them discuss the issues surrounding the Presidential Election. What about it Mods/Admin? Do the right thing.