Recently I’ve been seeing an increase in users who admit they’re posting offtopic posts/say they know their post will be flagged, which shows they have not only read and fully understand the rules, but that they’re deliberately breaking them.
At that point it can’t be excused as a mere accident or them being a new user, and that they’re going out of their way just to break rules. That shouldn’t be treated with just feedback, because feedback does nothing but repeat the rules they have shown to already understand.
Quoting the rules they broke in their post and reposting removed posts with nothing changed to make them within rules (eg not reposting in the correct category) should both also count under this, as I’ve seen these also happen far too often and both show that the user clearly knows the rules, even specifically which rules they are breaking.
(This post is mostly about offtopic posts because that’s the main issue on the devforum currently, however this could also be applied to other rules with very little issue)
Small edit: I feel that deliberately editing flagged posts just to remove flags (changing something insignificant, or admitting that people are flagging your post) should also have harsh punishment, as this is deliberately evading punishment (editing posts removes flags and unhides the post, meaning moderators end up being unable to take action).
Of course, some people might edit a post so it’s no longer breaking rules, which is perfectly fine, but editing it just to unflag it is outright abusing bugs in the discourse system to avoid any form of punishment.