When choosing a message template for a moderator message, we are given several default choices, such as excessive promotion, abusive activity, etc. For cases which don't fit this bill, we have a "something else..." option.

For some reason, when suspending a user under this template, their profile will show "This account is temporarily suspended to cool down", instead of showing no reason, which would make more sense.

This goes against the purpose of including a reason in the suspension banner, which is to reduce speculation and discussion in the community of "oh gosh, why was user-x suspended??". When the "something else..." template is chosen, the reason should be left empty (as the behavior used to be) or there should be a wide range of alternative choices. Otherwise, you end up with users who were suspended for being under 13 (which is a TOS violation) but their profile says they need to cool down for 3 years.

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    I would be in favor of "for rule violations." It doesn't have to be more specific than that.
    – user102937
    Commented Aug 9, 2011 at 2:28
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    @RobertHarvey would "For TOS violations" perhaps be more specific and correct in this case? I think generally speaking, there will always be edge cases, so we should have an option to just not specify a reason.
    – nhinkle
    Commented Aug 9, 2011 at 2:36
  • Not stating a reason would defeat the whole purpose. See here: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/23385/…
    – user102937
    Commented Aug 9, 2011 at 2:39
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    @RobertHarvey but stating the wrong reason is counterproductive to the purpose.
    – nhinkle
    Commented Aug 9, 2011 at 2:51
  • "For rule violations" almost certainly covers any reason you might want to suspend someone for "something else;" it's specific enough to avoid the Streisand Effect, but vague enough to preserve the suspended user's privacy.
    – user102937
    Commented Aug 9, 2011 at 2:53
  • Fair enough @RobertHarvey. As I mentioned in the edit to my question, it would be good to have some more options. That would cover the situation though.
    – nhinkle
    Commented Aug 9, 2011 at 3:05

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No -- the entire purpose of this is to avoid having moderators enter something there, something potentially problematic.

We can change it to something other than "to cool down" but manual entry is a non-starter.

edit: I changed it to

for rule violations

which, I am not entirely convinced is any better or more meaningful than "too cool down", but... be careful what you ask for, I guess. :p

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    I edited my question to clarify - I'm not saying we should necessarily have manual entry, I'm saying we should have something other than "to cool down", because "to cool down" is often not the reason.
    – nhinkle
    Commented Aug 9, 2011 at 2:51
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    Seems more truthful at least. Thanks for the update.
    – nhinkle
    Commented Aug 9, 2011 at 5:40
  • Animuson said on chat that mods can now enter custom reasons.
    – bjb568
    Commented Aug 11, 2014 at 0:32

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