Going through DaBigCheez's posts, I've been trying to see what scum could have found objectionable. I went through them: been busy cutting out the slack, where random comments he made aren't pertinent, but I'm also giving links to the original posts if anyone wants to verify that the omissions are honest.
Sarah Connors: Confirmed by Word of Mod as vanilla town.
Hal Vukovich: Detective who's brought the Connors together. Almost certainly Cop, able to investigate players to determine whether or not they are a Terminator (or possibly whether or not they're a Connor - this could potentially be problematic if they hit Reese?).
Kyle Reese: Solider sent back to protect Connor(s) (perhaps one specific Connor? Given the stated win condition, probably just trying to keep the Connors as a group going, but possibility that he'd "give up" if his "real" protection target is killed?). Probable Doctor, protecting someone from the Terminators each night. Possible Vigilante (possessing a nightkill as town), or Bodyguard (similar to Doctor, but kills the attacker as well - could possibly backfire on a Cop investigation as well).
Terminators: "Nearly indestructible". Possibly can survive one lynch/Vigilante nightkill? A 9/2 town/scum split seems rather generous, so I think the odds of this are nontrivial. May also just be vanilla.
Given that it's a vanilla game, I think it's most likely that none of the weirdness I'm musing on above (Reese leaving if a specific player's killed, etc.) is in fact the case, and we just have a Cop/Doctor/5xVanillaTown/2xVanillaGoon setup, possibly with the Doctor switched for a Vigilante.
I'll add [a question] of my own:
4) Would you have qualms about lynching a player for very infrequent posts (passive-lurking)? Posts consistently very lacking in content (active-lurking)?
Answer to 4) Passive-lurking is more a job for the mods, but active-lurking is something that gets my eyebrows furrowed suspiciously. It's a weak scumtell, and I'm somewhat prone to equivocation myself sometimes, but in the absence of something strong to go on I will definitely go for an active-lurker.
cjdrum posted a lengthful and contentful analysis.
webby's been making frequent and good contributions, as seems to be hir MO.
eajik's posts are bugging me a bit - getting a fairly strong active-lurker vibe.
slbub seems to be making genuine efforts to contribute, if not putting forth a whole lot of content.
NecklaceOfShadow isn't really making a ton of original contributions, but is volunteering info fairly readily.
Tinman's in kind of the same boat as NoS - not a ton of original content, but cooperating nicely.
My current suspicions slider:
Damn. After reading the thread, busy as I thought it was before, I see why it's important to keep the posting level up, especially as it's dried up almost completely now. He (and everyone else, really) posted more in my head.
So... On to the analysis? On to the analysis! Long live the analysis! Live long and prosper~! Okay, I'll stop now.
DaBigCheez did not like dealing with lurkers. His second Post Dealing With Official Mafia BusinessTM
just flat out states that active lurking is a scum tell and that he's really willing to lynch people who did so. Maybe someone took that personally? Someone doing that, it's stupid, though. The rest of us stressed that we'd do the same thing.
Though maybe they thought, "I'll get rid of him now, so he does not have any other observations to make later in the game, and so I can twist my moustache and shine my monocle while people are confused as hell"? I don't know.
Maybe they wanted to do something based on his slider? That's not a much better idea.
Fuck, I really should stop this stupid self doubt.
And I should also stop staying awake until 5 am in the future. I'm blurting out a lot and I can barely see the screen. Please ignore what doesn't make sense in the brain-dump above.
And while your eajik idea sounds interesting, I don't think that it's really very plausible. Mostly because it would make hir have to coordinate hir absence with Portal mafia. Hurting one game to help another =/= good strategy, I think. Though then again, what do I know?
Vifam's role has been taken by roband and the former can't inherit the sins of the latter. I doubt that Cheez would have suspected roband as scum just for Vifam's habits, and I doubt that roband would target him based on that fear.
slbub's been quite lurky, as I think we all know, but ze's closer to the town side of the spectrum. That would be some weird self-sabotage going on there if that's the point, even if ze has been lurking more recently. (That's more explained by the internet access situation anyways, not scumminess.)
I've no freaking clue. I'm starting to agree with scumdrum. I'll try checking out his posts once more, but it seems ridiculous.