This was debated in the admin forum sporadically over the past few months ago, and I think it's high time to make it public.
There has been a substantial increase in new members over the past several months, and a corresponding increase in both the quantity of posts and the need for effective forum discipline. We've come up with two responses to this situation, the second of which I'll announce in a week or so. The first is a change in monkey policy. The following rules will take place effective immediately:
1) All currently monkeyed users will be unmonkeyed so everyone starts off on the same foot. (This was actually done a few months ago, back when the idea first came up.)
2) Members in the Monkey group will be unable to post in any public forums. They will be able to post in private forums if they would otherwise have access.
3) Monkeying will last a long but finite and well-defined period of time. Originally three months was proposed, but I think we might start with one month.
That's essentially it. Post feedback here if you like.