How about an option to redirect banned users to either a banned.html page or a hidden banned user post/forum? Maybe even different redirects for different banned reasons? spam vs warez vs other rule violations, etc...
If you're banned today, you get redirected or shown a banned message. You also wouldn't want that if the Banned Users group didn't actually prevent them from doing certain things (like reading PMs and the forums, for example).
As for a "hidden" banned users forum, why? So they can do stupid stuff there?
Simiarly for the redirection for ban reasons. There's no fixed list of ban reasons (like there is for Report/denial reasons
), so you'd either need to create such a list or you'd need to enter a URL when somebody was banned.
However, the point of a Banned Users group, I think, is to allow a more granular form of banning than just preventing people from accessing the board entirely. For example, as alluded to above, you might have the Banned Users group unable to post to the forums or send PMs, but you might still allow them to read those things. The only people that you'd really want to redirect to other pages were those that were completely banned, but then you'd need both the current banning system and the Banned Users group to be basically separate items, I think.