Psymon from the Gamespot union PUSH offers some possible reasoning for his suspension:
At some point he did something which caused him to lose his privileges. So, what are the options for those who decide who gets such privileges?
1. Write this person off entirely, as they’ve had the privileges before and abused them to a level which required removal of said privileges.
Or two, reinstate these privileges. This has problems too. Wait? Why are you giving them back once you took them away? How do you know that they’re going to behave again? How do you know they won’t abuse their mod status again?
And I could even cite a third reason – he’s just deeply, deeply unpopular. Moderators should not be chosen based on popularity. But let’s face it, we’re talking about a guy who became a mod, and then did something to get their privileges revoked, gagging for mod privileges, and not to mention deeply unpopular. There have got to be better candidates for mod status!
CaseyWegner, a veteran mod from the early years of System Wars, has been a public figure on the forum, usually getting the (usually unfounded) blame for any one person’s suspension or ban.
He was elected as King of SW in 2011 after the previous King, Champ, was banned for using profane language against the main character of Bayonnetta. The current reigning King, Darklink, could not be reached for comment.
After he lost his mod status, he and the Gamespot staff have frequently been at odds.
In Casey’s own words, his various suspensions have been directly related to this:
The first one was related to my “How to fix the System Wars forum” thread I made in the Site Enhancements and Feedback forum. There was a lot of support for it so it drew the attention of the higher ups and Synthia who posted her famous list of negative remarks about me while leaving the thread open for replies. Staff waited 11 hours on a Friday afternoon/evening/middle of the night for a response, got none from me since I didn’t even see it in time, and locked it.
Staff warned me for harassment (something I hadn’t done since October of last year) so I asked Synthia for her permission to message my response to her and Jody’s posts to which she said “Of course.” They were too long to send via PM so I e-mailed her instead…one for each post but spaced apart by several days. About a week passed with no reply to either so I sent a message for each to make sure the e-mails got through. Suspended for 45 days.
His clashes with the staff did not end there:
The second 45 day suspension was for nothing more than asking, in the Moderation Clarification forum no less, why I was suspended for the first moderation. “It was never explained and customer service inquiries have been ignored. the only thing i can think of was responding to Synthia’s SE&F reply which she gave me permission to do. who was being harassed?” Don’t believe me? Mods, check my mod history and you’ll see.
After losing his mod status, he actively campaigned to regain his former title, aggressively PM’ing other users to vote for him in SW elections and to convince the staff to reinstate him.
Private messages are private, but I’m going to disclose the contents of one. Casey PM’d me requesting I vote for him as the ‘would make the best mod’ in the SW awards. So, he was willing to do a fair amount of begging for a shot at reinstatement of these privileges.
Xaero Gravity also claims to have received messages from him:
Casey has sent me several messages on here requesting that I PM several mods on GS and ask them to contact him via his personal email.
I’m not sure why we have to continue to repeat ourselves since November. You were told by 3 staff multiple times that you are no longer moderator material. You have continued to harass these staff members and moderators about returning, and this is unacceptable behavior.
Casey, however, still claimed he had amicable relations with the staff:
I’m not sure how my relationship with the mods is doing since I never had a problem with or disliked any of them. Some still talk to me and seem fine. Others, I’m assuming, do not and I don’t know what they think. I’m not sure where the whole “Casey harassed the mods” thing came from. Some agreed to sign a petition some did not. I didn’t pester anybody about it and I respected their desired neutrality. I’ve never said anything negative about any of them and I don’t plan to start now. It’s just a little disappointing to see them make judgments after only hearing a very small part of the story and zero from my side. But like I said, this isn’t an insult. Maybe just mild criticism. Nothing wrong with that. I think Jody understanding will go a long way.
Yes. It is their call to make. We just have to hope they make those calls for the right reason.
Their call was obviously to end him.