Okay, might I suggest people calm down again slightly, and indeed do as Jase K suggested in 49 and examine things from different perspectives.
I will say from Caccio's position I do see the logic that for a blind person online communication is more important owing to society being generally not exactly pleasant for blind people elsewhere, and there are certainly circumstances, even online in which people are treated unfairly due to having a disability.
However, there is a similar arguement that because! online communication is more important to a blind person, its necessary to A, cultivate a manner that fosters good responses from others, and B, be able to discuss actual access matters in a reasonable way, (I've done a lot of this myself over the years)
In this instance I'm afraid it doesn't seem the decision on the part of the WEBL Mods is influenced by the fact that Caccio is a blind player, simply by virtue that A, there is at least one, and possibly more openly blind players of the game, and B, the mod in question joined a forum full of blind players just to discuss the game, and indeed discuss the ban.
So accusations of discrimination in this case do not exactly seem justified, even though I can sympathise with the emotion and circumstances that motivate them.
While I do admit I have my reservations on formulating moderation decisions on such criteria as "annoying" as I said above, its equally not really my business, since in the end moderators are the final authority in the environments they moderate, plus, since the ban is only temporary, and is part of a joke, admittedly a fairly ARBITRARY one imho, but still a regular tradition apparently, I would not take it quite as seriously as some are here, since I gather it was not meant as such.
On the other hand, I will say some of the responses here are edging into the lynch mob zone themselves, talking about people getting “beaten up” etc.
It is true there are plenty of douchenozzles online, some of them running communities. Its also unfortunately true that dounchenozelary is sadly increasing, mostly due to excessive factionalism often indeed promotes attitudes of actual discrimination.
However, it is equally not true that this covers every net community or “sighted forum”
I’ve been a visually impaired online gamer now for a good fifteen years, and while I’ve seen an arsehole or two, the vast majority of games I’ve played I’ve got on with fine, indeed on average gaming communities surround smaller, games, especially text orientated ones, tend to be more accepting places generally, indeed some of the most fruitful discussions I’ve had over game access have been with such.
So, jumping to conclusions or threatening dire “consequences if this were a sighted forum” doesn’t seem reasonable either, nor ultimately likely to support any given case, since communities that are! Rife with arseholes don’t tend to attract newbies who aren’t themselves arseholes anyway.
So, bottom line, can people just relax a little please? We all like games, most of us have a bloody annoying disability, and this is a complex subject with multiple perspectives about which people are understandably feeling emotive.
Our souls with high music ringing; O men! It must ever be
That we dwell in our dreaming and singing, A little apart from ye. (Arthur O'Shaughnessy 1873.)