Banning people for roleplay on the shoutbox of a roleplay site is still very Silly to me.
And I would suggest that all staffers act in a similar fashion. Most staffers don't mind RP in the SB, while others seem very enthusiastic to drop the banhammer.
The mini ban is handled in this manner to give time for the conversation in the SB to change, and the moderator to send the person a PM explaining where they went wrong. Sometimes, when caught early, a simple nudge is given in the SB, especially if there are applicants around that might not know about RP in the SB.
All staff do
mind RP in the SB. We just might not be present at the moment to leave a nudge. Manning the SB is one of the more time exhaustive tasks we have. We are here to have fun too. Nudging and such is not fun.
The main purpose of the SB is to welcome new applicants and give them a chance to converse with members, mentors, and staff.
This part is me speaking personally as a member, not as staff. If I had come to Elliquiy and seen RP in the SB I would likely have not applied for membership. This was what I was trying to escape when I came here. : /