Hi. ETF2L AC Admin here since 2013. Just wanted to clear up some things.
Failed demo requests are absolute and we don't care what division people are in if they break them. Rules apply to everyone and I've banned prem players for it before just the same. This has always been a core mentality at ETF2L and in my opinion it's been maintained pretty well speaking from an AC standpoint. Thaigrr's situation is going exactly like any other users failed request is going. I can't even remember the last time we've banned someone days after their failed request.
We always put these users on the pending list, and they get included in the next banpost with the special exception to make sure that their ban actually affects them in a season. Rarely we've just done demo bans by themselves in a newspost but it's deifinitely uncommon. We don't want people getting 2 week bans off season where it ultimately wouldn't punish them at all so we try to make sure it actually matters but I don't want to sit there monitoring a player with a trigger finger and banning them before their grand final or something like that. I'm not entirely happy with how we're doing demo bans this way but this is how it's been done for every user to this point. The public ban post serve as a reminder for the playerbase to record and keep their demos when they see people getting banned for not doing so.
I'm not very sympathetic to Thaigrr. He's been banned 2 weeks already for his second failure to upload so you'd think he would be extra careful recording his matches after that. At the same time if we'd give in to public pressure and ban him immediately, it would in effect make him into an example and give him special (bad) treatment by doing so. This wouldn't happen with non high profile user.
My opinion is that we should definitely should discuss some potential changes at ETF2L to the banning process when it comes to demo requests. Perhaps it would be better to just ban every failed requests as soon as we can and then add them to the future ban post anyways. This way it would be the most fair to the affected users and the ban post would serve it's purpose.
Ah and for any non-eu people out there, we do a ton of random demo requests at ETF2L and they all have 4 users requested in each one. This way the majority of the players requested aren't even AC related. Wanted to kinda make that clear. The whole point of the punishment is to actually make sure people record and provide, and we always remove the ban immediately if the user provides after getting banned.