I have experienced several suspensions in some community, in none of which I was warned by the moderators before being suspended although I received a useless mandatory moderator message after a suspension; it seems that some moderators are too busy to communicate with users (Talking about the reasons of my suspensions is off-topic here; however, please note that the truth can be very different from what we imagine).
Why should a user be suspended? A user is suspended (theoretically) to learn how he/she should behave in a community and improve his/her past behavior. Now, when such a goal can be fulfilled by a simple warning, why should some severe disciplinary action be needed while "the ideal moderator does as little as possible - that’s the true art of moderation"?
I think it is not a terrible idea that the moderators of this community should have private communication with a user before any kind of suspension giving a required warning about consequences of continuation of an unacceptable behavior.
If this suggestion is implemented, then
- the number of suspensions will be reduced considerably,
- unacceptable behaviors will dwindle due to the constructive approach of handling them,
- a good picture of moderation will be created in users' minds,
- A user changing his/her behavior due to a moderator warning will not experience negative consequences of suspension like not allowing to nominate for a moderator election for one year, ...,
- ... .