No, the point isn’t to keep accounts that don’t know how to fly from accessing the server, it’s to keep the pilots who can’t figure it out from Expert. This will be the same pilot who had 14 tries to figure it out and couldn’t.
What part of that says “I belong on the Expert Server.”
If you have 15 ghosts, you’re not an expert, if that word is to hold any meaning at all.
Also, I’ve said this before, but your subscription is for access to the FDS live servers, not Expert specifically. If someone clearly has no idea what they’re doing, they haven’t earned the privilege of access to the Expert Server. That’s not violating their subscription. They still have access to the live servers. Just not the one for people who know what they’re doing. When you first buy a live subscription, you have to start out on TS. There have always been restrictions for accessing the Expert server. [And if the complaint is "I have to fly with TS people: well, if you’ve been ghosted more than 15 times, you are that TS person to everyone else on Expert.]
When Global came out, there was thread after thread about changing the requirements. The only problem was that everyone thinks the definition of Expert is “has done a lot of touch and goes on Unicom.” As soon as it actually became about ability instead of time spent flying, all those clamoring for changes got angry. Except the changes which were enacted actually have some bearing on ability, instead of some arbitrary time spent or landings, so all of the sudden they didn’t like them. [And, no, you cannot be ‘accidentally’ ghosted 15 times. That is a trend, not a one-time misunderstanding. If the pilot chose to ignore it and continue to do the same things repeatedly, that’s not FDS’s problem. “Rules will be strictly enforced” is a pretty simple sentence.]
There are people who have more than 50 ghosts. By no means should they simply be able to create a second account and act like their ineptitude has been washed away. It will be the same pilot. The same pilot who doesn’t follow instructions. The same pilot who gets six violations every flight. The same pilot who after ghost, say 10, didn’t say to themselves “maybe I’m doing something wrong here” and kept at it. Why does that make someone an Expert? Because they’ve been around a long time?
I’ve seen every type of pilot there is to see. I’ve seen pilots with 42000 XP PM me questions about how they can improve, even when they weren’t ghosted, because they want to learn, and the next flight they’ve corrected. Then I’ve seen Grade 5s with half a million XP who still announce remaining in the pattern for every takeoff. Grades don’t mean a thing.
But being reported 25 times? That means a lot. That may a well be a neon sign screaming “I will never adjust or learn, please keep me away from even synonyms of the word ‘Expert’.”