Now, see, Fast has helped a lot with this exact comment here:
"There was some ambiguity before the penalized characters were expressly listed in the DT section of the rules"
We know, thanks to our experience with the game, that the statement is true. The "penalized" characters are listed.
However, if you had 0 experience with the game, you would go by what the rules say, right? And the rules say "Staff banned", not "currently penalized." You see, because you KNOW the intended effect of the listed ruling, you're only seeing the 'end effect' stated there. You're seeing a "list of penalizations". But someone without this knowledge is seeing "staff banned."
When that person then goes to the ELO
page and sees an addendum labeled "temporary staff ban," this is what they can deduce from that. They can deduce that the DT page has a listing of all permanents, and that the temporaries- because they do change every week- are simply listed in the ELO
page because changing the list every week is unnecessary (which is true!). They then link the two "staff banned" parts, and arrive at the conclusion that temporary bans are penalized the same way because they are both "staff bans."
Then they play a game and don't lose points. They look it up and then they learn. They look at the DT page and go "Oh." Then they always see the end effect like you guys do.
My concern is for those without that foreknowledge. A rules page should never have any ambiguity, ever, no matter how tiny or exact.