Perma Banning all your members because they speak out and ask questions isn't going to do any good. There is no sanctity to protect if we are all gone.
I'm replying to this because you're a long time member with a lot of great perspectives... I'd hate to see someone like you get disillusioned with IS.
What I want to point out is that absolutely no one has been banned for speaking out. A few people have been claiming this, but you will notice that for the most part they don't have examples of it happening, as though just saying it really loud and repeatedly is enough... And maybe it is if they are starting to convince people.
The few examples that they do have are members who received multiple warnings, not for speaking out but for breaking common sense rules. When warnings didn't work they got infractions (basically just another kind of warning) and then, when nothing else worked, a short temp ban. Only after they also ignored the temp ban were they banned for good. In some cases not even then.
You have to actually try, really hard, to get banned from Indigo Society.
But please correct me if you disagree, do you know someone who has been banned for speaking out? Have you ever been censored or told you couldn't say what you thought?
A large number of people felt that the mods were overstepping their authority. People were banned.
It isn't a large number of people, it's a tiny percentage of active posters. What might be giving you the impression that it's a large number of people is all the alternate and troll accounts, created by only a few people, who jump on any chance to fan anti IS flames.
The more persistent ones (there are only a couple) have made it clear publicly that all they're interested in is taking IS down. If they can create the impression that there is some kind of terrible authoritarian conspiracy at IS which a few righteous members are fighting against then it's a huge step towards that goal.
You don't have to take my word for this, there is a little forum many of you have probably heard about where you can go and read about it for yourself... If you can stomach reading through all the hate to find the posts I'm referring to.
Sometimes I wish that we didn't have to delete the awful crap these people post, it would be obvious then, but we don't really have a choice, no one is going to visit a forum where the majority of the posts are full of hate and pictures of people's assholes (literally). New members need a chance to get comfortable and they can't do that if the first post in their intro thread is someone threatening to rape them and posting pictures of human body parts in a meat grinder. One of our trolls even got a hold of pictures of one of the mod's children and threatened to have sex with them. There is no way a forum can do anything but ban someone like that.
Again, where are the actual examples of people being treated unfairly? The rules are pretty straighforward and easy to follow.
So for anyone reading this that is new to IS, please don't get the wrong idea. You don't have to worry about getting banned. You can rant, you can debate, you can disagree. It's all good as long as you don't actually attack anyone... and even then you're not going to get banned for crossing the line one time. You can get away with a lot more at IS than you can at most forums.