Most of the recent issues seem to stem from disagreements on what is and is not off topic.
Would it not make more sense to simply restrict details of why there's a schedule issue and not the existence of a schedule issue?
In an ideal world sure, but let's be honest
- it is not that way. Let's use some Posts in a recent game as examples so you understand this from the perspective of a Moderator and not just a Dungeon Master;
1. The Player talks about their birthday, the next poster says its my birthday too, the next post is about what you're doing for your birthday and can I come. A visitor to the site comes to the Role-playing Game in highlight looking for what we describe as a mature focused Community and instead of seeing an exciting Role-playing Game in progress sees a bunch of whimsical messages about someone's birthday!
2. Player says in one Post I might be gone for a day, next Post I will probably be gone for two days, next Post wait, cancel that I am here because I lost my job and the cat was eaten by a dog. Next Post, Oh so sorry about your cat it didn't know how to defend itself?
The term for this is called "Thread Hijacking" and some people have a subtle ability to make it seem to be related to a thread but in the end they are just seeking attention for themselves.
3. You edit someone's post, place a hidden message and say please put your schedule in your intro or please talk about your dead cat that you love in your intro. You then send them an email to notice your edit and hope they don't do it again. No, they do it again so you repeat the process, then they do it again and again and again and again. Its pure insanity. When do we say we are editing this person's message too much after the 10th time or the 100th time? The fact is as a Dungeon Master you do not know how many times we are communicating with your Players, for you everything appears 'normal'.
If you want other Players to know about your life's future / history what is wrong with simply putting an off topic saying "Heads up check my intro." They can even link to it within their off topic.
Daishain, you are fairly Constructive in the Community so you do not see the level of Moderation at our disposal so as a test to show you how bold and yet private will be I will put Persephone on you now to take over your viewing - just imagine I do that to some Players with a message (Privately) and they STILL ignore it. Then they come with some cute sarcastic message like "I didn't see it, I don't check emails" to win support from the rest of the Membership and appear as the victim. You see… when someone is deleted, removed or Limited its because we have had enough babying, when you see me arrive at their Intro Thread its because I'm tired of having our intelligence insulted. We do not have time for fighting or debating over something Registered Players agreed to before you got here.