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*peers in confusion* But this is where the discuss link pointed to! ;_;
Anyway. I've been thinking about the Pillory ever since it went up, and I'll admit to a certain voyeuristic glee in seeing what's been done to which members and why... but that part is small compared to the part of me that feels it's sorta... ...unnecessary. There are several reasons it could have been placed there.
The first is just sort of to tell people what's up and who's doing what in the community. But aside from the occasional stalker warnings, that really doesn't need to be said. If someone is truly curious about where someone's gone and why their status has changed (if someone was looking around for JadedEssence, for example) they can just ask Vekkers or one of the Sirens. It doesn't need to be a public announcement.
For those who did no-nos, it could be considered a sort of deterrent, I suppose, but honestly ... I don't think "oh noes, everyone will think I'm an asshole!" factors into the decisionmaking process of most trolls. Is there anyone who thinks that "I don't want to be put on the Pillory" would have stopped, say, psouth's multi attempts? Or Seb's jackassery? I really don't think so. I don't think their actions are that well thought out.
Also, it sort of invades the privacy of members that remain in good standing. If someone is harrassing me (for example) and they get banned and put up on the Pillory, people are going to ask who they were harrassing, and if it manages to get around that it was me, it's awfully damned inconvenient for me if I don't want to talk about it. We have a very caring community full of well-meaning members. Knowing someone's been the target of some sort of attack will generate a goodly amount of sympathy and support - which is good! - but it may be unwanted and it can get really annoying going "Thanks, but I don't want to discuss it" over and over. As far as I'm concerned, let those who have been harrassed or stalked or whatever come out about it if they feel open enough to do so, but respect their privacy if they don't.
Lastly, and this is probably least on the list but still worth mentioning, it invades the privacy of those being posted, and for no real good reason, that I can see. It is 3:30AM after a very very long day for me, so I may be missing something, but I've been mulling this over for a couple days now, and I don't see a benefit that would outweigh the fact that we are pretty literally placing these people in town square to be sort of gawked at. As far as I'm concerned, crime and punishment are between the offender, the admins and possibly the victims involved.
A corrolary to that last is that there are certain attention-whore types on the net (we've all seen them) who are prone to acting up because it brings them the recognition of places such as the Pillory.
In short: I think it's a bad idea and should be placed at the least in the admin section, if not done away with completely.