Keep in mind that plenty of old banned members have showed improvement over their past behaviors.
Exactly. I completely agree with this statement.
I fully admit that when I was banned early 2005, I deserved to be banned. I was stupid, naive and very much went against the rules of the forum. I realized the mistakes that I had made, and I promised myself and everyone around me that I would never do anything like that again. Every time I mess up, I always try to learn from those mistakes, so that I can become a person that makes as little mistakes as possible, and be the person that I want to be. It took me a while to realize this, it wasn't something that came to me over night, but I like to think that I'm better now for thinking that I can improve myself and be a better person.
I never forget what I started out as, or the mistakes that I've made. If I did forget, I wouldn't have change, and I would have only gotten worse.
EDIT: Also, Monster Master was not banned when the new forums were created. I believe he had just recently been de-promoted from being a mod, but that was about it.