Recently I was very disturbed to learn that one of the most distinguished members of the MSE community (my former teacher, and close friend, Prof. Bill D) was suspended for 30 days, under what seems to me to be very questionable circumstances. Does the MSE community support this? BD has selflessly volunteered much of his life to carefully teaching mathematics to high standards - which is evident in his many rich contributions to MSE.
Does the MSE community think that it is fair that a moderator should be able to wield such tremendous power, completely unchecked? Since BD has been openly (constructively) critical of various moderation policies, it seems to me that there is great potential that some bias was exhibited in imposing such a drastic suspension (which afaik is unprecedented on MSE.)
I think it would be a tremendous loss if Bill leaves MSE. Unfortunately this seems to be highly likely from what I hear through the grapevine. Perhaps the MSE community can rally together to find some compromise that avoids this lose-lose scenario, and to figure out better ways to manage conflicts, so to help prevent such problems from arising in the future (recall also the similar sad loss of Robin Chapman, another stellar contributor).
Perhaps we could be so lucky to get them both back to MSE? In any case, it would be a shame to waste the chance of preventing another such loss. What can we do?
[BD has not seen this post, nor do I know if he would approve it, but I could not think of any better way to help find a solution other than posting here. I abbreviate his name in hope of saving him any further embarrasment. I recall that generally it is discouraged to mention specific names on matters like these, but there seems to be no other way to properly address this particular matter.]
Edit (1/24) Please note that there are $9$ votes not to close in a comment below. So why was the question closed? Is this MathOverflow convention not respected here?
The community can rectify this grave injustice if only it speaks. Letting such injustice stand sets a dangerous precendent. Is that truly what the community desires? Please speak up. Re-open the question and let your voice be heard. It is your community and you can (and should) ensure that decisions are made in a way that represent the best interest of the community. Decisions on delicate matters like this should most certainly not be mechanically decided based on generic SE policy. Rather they should be governed by what is in the best interest of this community.
Already Robin Chapman is lost. So to is T.., and so too (almost) Pete L. Clark. Now you risk losing BD. Who's next, Arturo? If this trend continues the site will have tremendous difficulty attracting further senior members, let alone holding on to the few who remain. Is that what you desire?