Ok. I get there is some octopus fatigue. Maybe rightfully so, but I have an idea partially but not completely inspired by the Starving Artist bad.
Perhaps the deliberations involved with bannings or suspensions are actually counterproductive. Since the sanction is felt to be relatively harsh borderline cases sometimes aren’t dealt with and the time it takes to go through a penalty progression may cause others to felt like their concerns aren’t taken seriously.
My proposal is a quicker trigger finger on suspension. And make them a week or a month or so. Give people a chance to cool down. It gives people a chance to reflect. It stops fights before they get way too serious. Furthermore, with quicker and longer suspensions you might not need to ban as often.
A few days ago when I was annoyed with a particular conversation I probably could have used, rightly or wrongly, a quick 1 week suspension. No warning, no mark on the permanent record, no topic ban. Just a “shut up, octopus, take a 1 week break. Do some housework and play with your kids” might have done me some good lol.
Anyways, just a thought.