Concerning Off Topic discussions: Spamming, derailing and generally making posts that do nothing to contribute to discussion are going to start earning infractions that can lead to bans on a more consistent basis. It seems ridiculous, but what I realized is more ridiculous is how many warnings the mods have handed out for people spamming and disrupting OT threads. Off Topic has TWO stickies, and both are about this subject.
What this means is: if you have 6 infraction points, and you get your 7th for being relentless about spamming OT, that could technically be the point that earns you a perma. Sounds dumb, doesn't it? Keep spammy stuff in spam, please, it'll make things much easier for all involved. KTHXBAI.