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Suspensions are in most cases carried out per-site, users are not banned from the whole network in general. There are network-wide suspensions, but they are not used for misbehaviour of users. Users get a fresh chance on another site even if they have been suspended on another SE site.

So I was surprised to find out that suspensions on an SE site are transferred into chat suspensions, if the suspension happened on the parent site. The parent site can be freely chosen by the user, so it is pretty much random whether the suspension is carried into chat or not.

This suspension transfer doesn't fit to the general suspension policy of SE, and tying it to the rather arbitrary parent user concept doesn't make a lot of sense. I suggest to entirely remove this feature, if a user misbehaves on chat as well, we'll just suspend him there again.

Suspending users from the chat specifically associated with the site seems pretty reasonable, but the problem is that Chat.SE doesn't work that way. If you are suspended from Chat.SE, you cannot chat on rooms for any site except SO and Meta, all SE 2.0 sites use the same chat server.

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I always thought the automatic chat suspension was a result of the "locked down to 1 rep" behavior of suspensions. – jadarnel27 Aug 29 '12 at 6:19
@jadarnel27 No, it's not. I can manually remove the suspension, it's not tied to reputation (at least for users that still have enough rep after suspension on one site, not sure about users with only one account) – Mad Scientist Aug 29 '12 at 6:21
Thanks for clarifying, I never realized they were separate suspensions. And I wasn't thinking about Chat.SE. Very good points. – jadarnel27 Aug 29 '12 at 6:28
I think chat suspensions should be imposed, to a certain degree, when a user is suspended from a site. However, to appropriately scope this, the suspension should only affect chat rooms that are tied to the site from which the user is suspended - regardless of which site the user calls his "parent site". For example, a user suspended from Server Fault should not be able to chat in The Comms Room, but should (barring a concurrent suspension from Information Security) be allowed to chat in The DMZ. – Iszi Sep 10 '12 at 20:28

But the whole reason someone got banned in the first place is that their posts were very poor quality. I think it's extended to chat to stop that same person rage-spamming

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Flags are shown in real-time in chat, and there are nearly 300 users that have moderator powers in chat.SE, a user raging in chat can be stopped very, very quickly there. It's a bit different on chat.SO, but you only need 6 10k+ users to suspend a user for 30 minutes from chat. It's far easier to stop users from spamming on chat than on the main site. – Mad Scientist Aug 29 '12 at 6:32

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