When I wrote the above question, I had to sit back for a long minute to think over the two-plus decades of my MMO gaming to think about whether I could answer “yes” to it. I think that the worst I ever experienced was getting slapped with a 24-hour suspension once in World of Warcraft. I don’t recall what it was over; I was probably fomenting rebellion or something.
It’s a weird discussion topic today, but I’m genuinely curious. Have you ever been smacked by an MMO banhammer? What was it over — and was it deserved? Was it in-game or in the MMO’s forums? Did you come back to the game afterward or allow yourself to get propelled into other titles as a substitute?