While searching through the "latest posts" recently I've noticed numerous "banned" posters. Most were the OP's, so in 10 pages of latest posts several avatars have "Banned" prominently stamped across them. CC already seems to have a reputation as being harsh because of the straightforwardness of some of the posters. If I were new to the forum and ran across page after page of banned posters, my impression wouldn't be that it's a welcoming site.
I wonder if I'm the only one who found the image startling. I can understand the need for moderators to be able to quickly identify banned posters, but I wonder if there's a more subtle way of doing it. Perhaps a special avatar could be created that could be assigned only to those who've been banned. A less obtrusive marking, such as a small red CC in the corner of the current avatar, seems preferable to the current method.