I guess I need to clear up a couple of things.
Xkeeper explained the bans thing best—the money was an after-effect of gratitude of several members that came up in IRC after we mentioned banning these members. It eventually started a joke that culminated in Chimpo's "Ban Chaos Hedgie & Wetflame fund." Most of you didn't see this because it was in the oldbie lounge; it was in the oldbie lounge because, well... a large majority of you would not understand and blow things out of proportion like you did right now. Good going!
Secondly, Wetflame and Chaos Hedgie were banned because of constantly inciting drama with people, causing multiple topic splits, etc; taking into account their history, every time we've ever given them another chance to come back in they always end up pulling the same shit again, if even in a different way. Hedgie in particular is a self-admitted troll and argumentative by nature, and it's been affecting the board environment in a very
bad way. We decided we were done trying to babysit both of them day after day and were finally washing our hands off with them.
For those who wish to imply as such, the money did not
speed up the banning process—it was a result
of the ban process. And it was a small fundraising effort that was contained to the few people who expressed interest in IRC about it. In other words, it was no different than when Chimpo donated $100 to save Retro in exchange for one of Scarred Sun's batches of cookies. Stop blowing things out of proportion.
For the record, I've also provided the same information to TSSZ News when comment was requested from me regarding the manner, so you can be sure that any information that gets out will be truthful.
Also, regarding Chimpo's modship, I think those who can only point out the times where he was trolling are completely and utterly ignorant of his past experience of a mod (which I have personally lived through in at least 3 forum incarnations), his willingness to help improve the forums, and the fact that he is extremely trustworthy with both power and influence. If you're skeptical, then that's fine; however, have it be known that there will be no biased decisions on his part, and there's nothing stopping us from reversing the decision if something goes wrong. Easy.
Can we get on with our lives, now? That'd be pretty rad.