I've been avoiding posting about this since my game is still going and I think we can have a more open conversation about it later, but I just wanted to say a few things.
I feel really bad about the way I handled Mynd's modkill in my game. It was a mistake on my part to assume that everyone always uses a QT for communication, but that's the way it has always been since I started playing here so I honestly didn't know any better. I will admit that my rules are not as comprehensive as they should be, and that they should be more concise and clear, and I will sure make sure to be much more specific if I Mod similarly again.
However, I did state that there was no off thread communication unless specified. I told Mynd specifically that he'd have access to the mafia QT and didn't mention anything else. I felt that the rule in the setup was all exclusive except what I permitted via PM, which was the Mafia QT in this case. But that is semantics and I can understand how our two assumptions clashed on the issue.
Even so, with Mynd knowing he was Town aligned player at the time of the PM to a known Mafia aligned player justifies a Modkill. If Mynd had been Mafia just PMing another Mafia, I'd probably have come up with a more lenient solution. Mynd, at that specific time, was Town aligned despite having access to the Mafia QT. The same way I'd expect a Mod to enact punishment for a Symp PMing the mafia team, so also did I think it made sense that a reverse Symp should be punished for a similar type of infraction.
Where I feel that I blundered horribly though was I didn't discuss it with Mynd before I modkilled besides just telling him he shouldn't have done that, which I really should have done. This was a bonehead move on my part and I think is what has led to more heartache than anything else. As Red mentioned, I think of Mynd as a friend and I really enjoy playing with him and his overall style. I think he brings much needed enthusiasm to every game. I was very excited when he played in my game and the role he had was perfect for him. I'm sorry that I made such a decision without talking it out with him, even if the end result had still ended in a modkill, at least I would have handled it properly. As it stands I have offended Mynd and I apologize.
I am willing to talk about it more when the game ends, but I just wanted to make an apology here now since the game could go on for a lot longer.
Awesome post, BG.