A little bit more info on how the infraction system works...
Q: What is this infraction system?
A: The infraction system is a tool used by moderators and administrators to warn and/or discipline users who violate forums rules. This system enables the moderators and admins to maintain a positive community.
Q: Why did you implement this system?
A: This infraction system was implemented to improve the ability of moderators to moderate the forum. Not only is this new tool invaluable to the moderators, but it is also a great advantage for members as well since they can now view their infractions and infraction points and can see how far away they are from receiving disciplinary action (i.e. temp ban, perm ban, etc.).
Q: What is this warn thing I see in my UserCP?
A: This shows you in a percentage how far you are away from being disciplined (i.e. temp ban, perm ban, etc.)
Q: How does the infraction system work?
A: The infraction system is based on 25 points. There are different point assignments for different infractions. When a user reaches 25 points they are banned for a time period set by the moderator or administrator that gave them the last infraction.
Q: What are the infraction point assignments?
A: Point guideline assignments are listed below. Please note that this list is not all inclusive and that this is only a guideline as the moderators and administrators have the ability to give more or less points for a particular infraction.
4 - Spamming/Multiple/Cross Posting
4- Classifieds hijacking or taking a thread off-topic
5 - Misleading Link (linking an to a URL not described in the link description)
5 - Being a Tool (intentionally being inflammatory/frustrating/stupid/rude/offensive/ etc. see: hemorrhoid-like)
5 - Signature Size Over Forum Limits
5 - Posting Inappropriate Content (Not Work Safe outside the off-topic forum and not labeled "NWS" in thread title; the only exception to this applies to the NWS premium members forum)
10 - Flaming (hostile and/or insulting interaction)
10 - Disrespect Towards Forum Leaders (this includes via private messages)
10 - Racist/Prejudice Remarks
10 - Vending Without Paid Vendor Status
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15 - Posting illegal content
100 - Troll / Spam Bot Ban
All repeat offenses start off as DOUBLE their initial values.Q: How do I know if I receive an infraction?
A: Not only will you see your warning level increase in your UserCP, but you should receive a private message stating that you received an infraction, how many points you received, and the reason for the infraction.
Q: I have an infraction but I never received a private message.
A: Make sure you have private messaging turned on. If so, the moderator or administrator may have forgot to have the warning system send you a private message regarding the incident.
Q: Do warning points expire?
A: Yes. Moderators have agreed to a 6 month period as a guideline. We wanted an expiration period where members could be held accountable for violations over a long period of time but yet to not have a violation stay on a member's record forever.
Q: What happens if I reach 25 points?
A: You will be banned for a time period set by the moderator or administrator that gave you the last infraction. Your warning and infraction history will be used to determine whether you will be banned for a specific time span or permanently.
Q: What is the difference between a warning and an infraction?
A: A warning is notice that you have violated a rule of the forum except that you receive no points for it. The only difference between a warning and an infraction is that an infraction results in points that count toward some disciplinary action in the event that you accumulate the 25 point threshold.
Q: Who can see my warning points?
A: The only people who can see your warning points are you, moderators, and administrators. Other members cannot see them, they can only see their own.
Q: What happens if I commit the same offense twice?
A: You will be assigned double the point value for that particular infraction. (i.e.: Signature offense = 1 point, second Signature offense = 2 points, third Signature offense = 4 points, etc.)
Q: Why was I given more points for an offense than what is listed in the guidelines?
A: Either you have committed the same offense more than once or the moderator felt there was a good reason to give you more points than what was listed. Please remember that the warning point guidelines are just that, guidelines, and that the moderator or administrator has the final decision in how many points you are given.
Q: Why was I warned when the offense I committed is not even listed in the warning point guideline?
A: The list is not all inclusive. It would take too much time to list all the violations you could be warned for, and as stated before, the warning point guideline is a guideline for moderators and administrators to use when assigning warning points. If you commit an action that is more severe than an offense listed in the guideline, then most likely you will receive more points than what is listed, but it is up to the moderator or administrator to make that call.
Q: What if I believe I was unjustly warned?
A: Please contact via private messaging the moderator or administrator that warned you. If for some reason you can't come to a resolution with a moderator please contact an supermoderator or administrator.
Q: If I do get banned, how long will I be banned?
A: Most bans time limits vary. Troll bans will most likely be permanent and users who are given a timeout (a period of time for a user to cool off) are banned for 24 hours. Please note that moderators take into account all the warnings on your account and that multiple offenses are likely to get you banned for a longer time than just a one time mistake.