I'm sorry, but we can not discuss anything about the interactions between specific people and the moderation team, because this correspondence is confidential. This is a matter between us, them and the community team if one party chooses to get them involved.
We also do not publish the instructions from the Stack Exchange community team regarding how moderators are supposed to deal with disruptive users, because doing so would allow people to exploit these instructions.
But in general, when I notice that a user is violating the acceptable use policy of the Stack Exchange community or shows other kinds of disruptive behavior and I wonder if we should contact and/or sanction the user, then I consider various plus-points and minus-points to decide how I should deal with the situation:
- How experienced is the user with this site and stackexchange in general? Do they need orientation and advice [+] or should they know better [-]?
- How does the user contribute to the site in general? Are they usually a constructive and prolific contributor who just occasionally gets tempted into misbehaving [+]? Or does in fact a non-negligible part of their interactions show disruptive behavior [-]?
- Was the user contacted before [-]?
- How did the user respond to the previous critique of their behavior? Did they take it gracefully [+] or even apologized [++], or were they stubborn [-] or even insulting [--]?
- Were they contacted for a similar offense [-] or something completely different [=]?
- Was the user suspended before [-]?
- How did they behave since they were reinstated? Was there effort to change their behavior [+] or did they immediately fall back into the patterns which lead to the suspension [-]?
and no, this is not a structured point system but rather a matter of intuition
When a user was suspended before, then we usually use longer and longer suspensions.
The primary purpose of suspensions is not to punish but to rehabilitate. Suspensions always come with an explanation of what the user did wrong and what we expect them to do to avoid further suspensions. We also usually direct the suspended user to resources which help them to learn how to better integrate into the community.
But if people refuse to change their behavior, then removing them from the community is unfortunately the last resort.