Of course the answer is "yes" in cases where the OP is obviously just trolling or spamming, but I mean in regular cases. What often happens is this: When someone makes a ban appeal, they often argue their case and try to defend themselves. Then a staff member comes along and gives counter arguments, denies the appeal, and locks the thread instantly, thereby having had the last word and/or laugh. I personally think that sometimes, some points need to be clarified and the banned person should have a chance to respond to the mod's reasoning (which they never ever got a chance to do). What I'm talking about specifically is a case like this thread: https://www.seriousgmod.com/threads/hongos-appeal.51123/#post-539157 RDM #1 in particular needed to be talked out in a bit more detail. Hongo claims that it was GBA, but the mod's response to the ban appeal does not even mention GBA at all or tries to argue against it in any way. The way I see it, there are valid arguments that would show the OP that GBA didn't apply in this case and that the ban was justified, but there was no attempt to lay out said arguments. If the thread hadn't been locked, Hongo could have again asked, "But why wasn't it GBA?" and the moderator could have responded accordingly, cleared everything up, and taught Hongo some of our rules in more detail. If the discussion keeps going for some reason and goes nowhere or gets too insulting or personal, then the thread can be locked. Or, best case scenario, if the banned party ends up agreeing to the ban or doesn't say anything for a while. Some people might say, "Well, if the banned person wants to discuss the case in some more detail, they should start a forum conversation with the mod who banned them", but I don't see why it can't just be public and transparent. The only advantage to locking the thread this soon is, in my opinion, to just get the report over with and shut the other person up, and hope they just sit out their ban. Obviously I am right about this so please lock this thread before anyone can make counter arguments. Just kidding. What do you think about this? What other some other advantages/disadvantages of locking ban appeal threads so soon?