Banishment is a type of forced exile from a community, place, or institution. Banishments are typically dictated through official decree by relevant authority figures, or by the community itself. Banishment can either be temporary, or permanent.
SciForums and banishment
When a SciForums user is banished, their membership status is referred to as banned. This happens whenever a user either demonstrates behavior that conflicts with the rules and recommendations of the forum, or requests it from a moderator.
Users who've been banned are no longer able to post on the forums, and are presented with a message that informs them of their banned status when they try to log in. Consequently, they find themselves cut off from life support, only to waste away and drown in a miasma of offline interaction.
Active SciForums users can view the names of the users who've been banned by looking at the ban list. Others can hop on a commuter train, and ride downtown to visit the SciForums Museum of Banishment.