Warnings and Infractions WEF 13/05/2013 [HR][/HR] Warnings First warning - handle/mod as normal - PM sent to advise the person. Second warning - handle/mod as normal - PM sent advising person a second time. Third warning - handle/mod as normal - PM sent advising person a third time and also advising them that additional problems will incur Infraction points against their profile (you can view these in the same place you see your rep messages) and that they will be placed on a watch list for further issues. (TO CLARIFY: - - A Warning looks similar to an Infraction on your profile page, but it DOES NOT have any points attached to it and DOES NOT COUNT towards an Auto-ban score.) [HR][/HR] Infractions First Infraction - Infraction (with points) and PM again explaining that each infraction issues points and once they reach a certain limit, they get auto banned. Second Infraction - Infraction (with points) and PM with final warning. Third Infraction - Infraction (with points) will push them over the auto-ban limit and auto-ban for 1 month. (TO CLARIFY: - - An Infraction DOES has a points value assigned to it based on the third violation of the forum rules breaching a threshold at which time the system will automatically ban the user for a period of 30 days.) [HR][/HR] Infractions will auto-expire after a period of THIRTY (30) days. This means someone will need to incur THREE (3) infractions in any given period of THIRTY (30) days in order to be Temp Banned by the system. However, the Admin/Mod team still has the power to override this and extend the ban if they feel it necessary. If after several Temporary bans, a person continues with the same behaviour, then the team will meet and discuss whether the issuing of another temp ban for a greater time period or even a permanent ban is warranted. Now, that all might sound horrible to some and not enough to others but we have always striven to be as middle of the road as we can whilst still keeping things on the straight and narrow. What's more, we will be totally reviewing the Forum Rules BEFORE we put this new policy into effect, so that all of our little ducks are in a nice neat row. See post #2 below for details. At any and all times, people will have more than enough opportunity to ask the Admin/Mod team for assistance or help in using the forum properly.