Lot of people seem to be only seeing 1'st time - 1 month ban part. First, what I see, it's 1st time = 1 month ban from all four servers = 1 month ban from icons-off MP. Second, 2nd time= permanent ban for perps and their squadrons, unless they kick them out. This is huge, and I salute the solidarity and coordination of server operators.
I do not doubt that had I been cheating (and caught) that I would have received a very long hiatus from the admins at New Wings and not the 'mates rates' of 1 month that the GT's and company received.
Please. Every time a person is banned (or, heaven forbid, walks free) , his enemies whine that ban is to short and he's getting a mates rate. I tried it from every angle here. Graham or Plank gets banned, KSBs whine I'm buddies with him because it's to short. Krusty or Ice gets banned, Graham and Plank whine I'm to light on my buddies. Plank gets banned, everybody complains I go easy on him. Fast forward couple of years, and only buddies admin has left are ones he never had to consider banning.
The real mate rate? It shows in how my J2 Kameraden (and Four Speed, and others) go out of their way to not get lost in arguments here. Or how I am no longer returning friendly fire on Wargrounds, no matter how the idiot is asking for it. Because I respect admin there enough that I never want to show in his logs again.
(Forcing them to crash is another matter...)
The mates who don't care that it's us whom they are causing trouble, what kind of mates they are (assuming they ever were)? The colder heads must have prevailed when NW were deciding the ban length, but believe me, they are pissed.
They've been accusing people of cheating for years. They ran out of strikes long ago.
What it has to do with server admin policies? Unless they did it on chat and server has rules against it? Accursation of cheating is only forbidden on this forum AFAIK, otherwise it's just dickensery, and if servers were banning people for that...
... now it's you who's demanding mate points from server ops; argue that cheaters run out of strikes with server admins already because they were accursing you for years.