- After a long explanation and talk with rakiru, and an admission that quite a few people fucked up, I have been convinced by rakiru that no more problems of this nature will occur from the people who were involved. I have commuted all punishments mentioned in this post with the exception of the permanent ban of Freeman720 due to his behavior following the ban. With the exception of Freeman720, I've been pleasantly surprised at the maturity of everyone involved. Consider my faith in humanity restored.
Five members have been permanently banned for intentional organization of reputation abuse.
I was sorely disappointed to find out one more community member was involved, a personal friend of mine. rakiru has lost Contributor and Fancy Pants, but I will abstain from banning him in consideration of his extensive contributions to the IRC network.
Let this serve as a warning, it will not be tolerated, no matter who you are.