I am the moderator who wiped impersonating information and suspended the user.
First, this issue has nothing to do with using images on avatars. It is all about impersonation. So please don't get mislead.
To me impersonation is a serious issue that can lead to, or be an instrument of, harassment and offence. And it's prohibited by the Terms of Service which has already been cited here.
The user has been using the following personal information of another person. There's nothing that I disclose by myself, all had already been mentioned here.
- A photo
- Name and surname (the user claims to have the same once so they were not wiped)
- Link to VK.com profile (analogue of Facebook)
- Link to GitHub profile, itself having a link to same VK profile and another photo of the same person.
During all the time the user was present on Ru.SO nobody ever raised a warning. That's probably because most users didn't even suspect impersonation. At least nobody in the mod team did.
Second, I had warned the user and asked them to remove any impersonation by themselves (chat messages 1 and 2). I did it in chat because there had just been a conversation about the user's identity. To me my warning was a summary of the conversation.
I waited for a response or action and got nothing. So I did the job by myself.
Why did I block them? Because it's certainly a violation of ToS and probably an offence. First warnings are for excessive comments and repeated low-quality questions and not for such issues. By the way, the suspension duration was 3 days, which is less than standard 7 days for a first serious issue.