Hey! Thanks for getting in contact with us.
Violations/ghosting penalisation is 7 days for a number of reasons. I’ll outline a few below, but over the years we have chopped and changed this to try other methods, times and severity, but for now 7 days works well.
For our ATC, having only one button to report people is a time saver, and in busy airports it means that they don’t have to select a specific time for the penalisation from a pop up menu. This means more time for controlling and less time dealing with issues. Yes, that means that there is a downside as all issues, even if small, are 7 days across the board and there is no differentiation between small and large issues, but for now that is something that is acceptable as a compromise from our standpoint.
On top of that, the expert server is the place where true real life rules should be executed to the greatest extent. In your example, getting too close to an aircraft is quite a significant issue if you frame it in that context. The controller should have given you warnings for this before ghosting though, so if that wasn’t the case PM me and we can sort it out!
All in all, 7 days is only from one server. There are still 2 others to chose from, and the idea is that in those 7 days the pilot would then utilise that time on the servers to learn from the mistake and try to rectify it for the future. How much that happens I am unsure, but that is the logic chain for us.
Hope this all helps!