I was recently accused of plagiarism and this is a summary of the process that I think could be improved.
Once a moderator is notified of possible plagiarism, the post can be deleted even before you have been notified that you might be guilty.
That's OK in my opinion, a temporary hold is required until the issue is resolved.
In the reference to plagiarism, (which in fairness is probably boilerplate text) you are told "you could probably get away with"..."and shrugging the issue off won't do".
I feel there is a lack of sensitivity and balance when making a serious charge of plagiarism and wording similar to the above should be revised and the user given a chance to make his or her own defence.
I simply want to have a charge of plagiarism dealt with exactly the same way as if the site was the same as any serious institution, with no immediate punishment, other than obviously a temporary hold, a notice of the charge and especially no prior assumption regarding any defence.
I know the site is not a formal institution, but it should not be a star chamber either. A comment from the moderator referring to the offending post and giving the users a chance to reply takes 1 minute to write and I feel this should be incorporated into the process.