@Constantly My view is that admins should have a fairly large amount of discretion when making enforcement decisions within their own leagues, and each case should be considered holistically. Admins should consider how their actions will impact the league (as in, how likely is this to actually hinder a cheater, or some other bad actor). Let’s illustrate my view with an example that as far as I’m aware has happened in the past
One of the organizations where RGL casting rules apply (I think in this case it was CappingTV or extv but it doesn’t really matter) casted a game between two newcomer teams. Some of the players didn’t alias up, but the admin in charge of their league didn’t apply any penalty to them. Why is this? Probably because the admin realized it wouldn’t help anyone. The players were new, excited about their first cast, and didn’t read the rules so they didn’t alias up. But just a little bit of discretion, no one gets hurt, and these newer players can continue on with their lives glad to be a part of the community.
The framework still applies to more serious infractions. Let us look at how an admin could holistically consider the case of Antlers. He does run community production, it’s well documented and he had a cast just in the middle of week one matches. As we all know TF2 configs aren’t exactly perfect, so he truly believes his casting config changes he made before this season screwed PREC up. Secondly, Antlers hasn’t exactly been crushing players in his matches. Other players on the team had greater overall performances as well as flashier moments.
It’s not that a community contributor should get a free pass; it just so happens in this case being a community contributor (specifically a producer) provides information relevant to the infraction. The admin for the div should again, simply think two things “how likely is this to hinder a cheater”, and “are we removing someone who needs to be temporarily removed from the league.” In antlers case, he has frankly almost never performed mechanically impressive, had flashy plays or anything else triggering suspicion. Considering this with his PREC config issues, is it really that hard to imagine the league would be a better place if admins exercised discretion here? This ban does not help anyone, if admins and everyone else in the div are certain the player isn’t a cheater discretion could be applied even without the PREC config issue in my view.
Looking at enforcement actions holistically is possible in a small community like this.
Although I suppose it’s reasonable to see why some would be wary of this. Especially when you see moderators attacking other players baselessly it kind of makes me second guess giving them any discretion.