In light of the recent threads about bans, here's a some questions I'm curious to hear your thoughts on:
Would you complain about the ban to the admin and possibly risk being perma-banned or serving a longer temp ban?
It depends on why I was banned and whether or not I felt the punishment was fair. If I know that I did something wrong and genuinely felt bad about it, I'd be inclined to accept my punishment. I might complain though if I felt the punishment was too harsh in proportion to what I did or if others exhibited similar behaviors and only received infractions or shorter bans.
Would you still read the forums posts without logging in?
Yes, but it wouldn't be the same as being able to participate. It would be difficult to get used to just lurking again when you used to be able to chime in with your reply. Some subforums I wouldn't have access to.
Would you literally count down the days until your ban ends?
Not sure. I'd probably experience withdrawl issues for the first few days but after that, I'd gradually think about it less and less. I'd probably find another forum to post on to pass the time. I might take note that my ban was just about done with but I don't think I'd exactly jump for joy.
How would you feel upon returning to the forum once your ban was up? If you've never been temp-banned before, use your imagination.
I've never been temp banned so I'm guessing here. Assuming I was still interested in the forum after my 30 days were up, I'd look forward to posting again. I would try hard to act civil and reverse any bad reputation other forum members may have had of me before the ban. I'd be more cautious about what I posted so I didn't get myself banned again. If I felt that I had to censor myself to a ridiculous degree to avoid further infractions or bans, I'd probably stop posting.
Or would you be apt to forget about the forum entirely?
It depends. If I found another forum in the meantime, I might become more interested in that forum. If I felt like I was banned unjustly and the majority of forum members were glad to see me banned, I wouldn't be interested in returning. I wouldn't want to be on a forum that treated its members unjustly or where I felt mostly unwelcome.