This forum uses a point system to determine the consequences for rule violations. Users who have broken a rule will receive either a warning or an infraction. Warnings are usually given for minor rule violations and have no point value. However, several warnings for the same violation may result in an infraction. Infractions are given for more severe rule violations (or as stated previously for several minor violations) and are assigned a point value depending on the severity of the violation. The more severe an infraction, the more points it is worth. Accumulating these points will result in fewer privileges and even banishment from the forum.
Please note that warnings and infractions are not up for debate. If you absolutely need clarification of why you received a warning or infraction, contact a moderator privately. Otherwise, harassment of the moderators or bringing up the warning/infraction in public will result in further penalties.
Violations and their point value
- Signature size violation (1 point; warnings possible**)
- Double posts (1 point; warnings possible**)
- Off-topic posts (1 point; warnings possible**)
- Posting copyrighted material (2 points; warnings possible**)
- Spamming (2 points; warnings possible**)
- Disrespecting other users (3 points)
- Trolling (4 points)
- Flaming/attacking/insulting other users (4 points)
- Posting of obscene/offensive material (3 points; loss of image posting privileges if applicable)
- Private messaging abuse (5 points; loss of PM privileges)
- Avatar/Signature/Custom Title content violation (3 points; loss of avatar/signature/custom title privileges)
- Advertising (9 points)
*These are default point values. We reserve the right to assign different point values depending on the situation.
**At the moderator's discretion, a warning may be given instead of an infraction.
- Infraction Level 0 (0-2 points)
- Infraction Level 1 (3-5 points)
- Loss of custom title. 3-day read-only ban*
- Infraction Level 2 (6 points)
- Loss of custom title, avatar and signature. 7-day temporary ban*
- Infraction Level 3 (7 points)
- Loss of custom title, avatar and signature. 2-week temporary ban*
- Infraction Level 4 (8 points)
- Loss of custom title, avatar and signature. 1-month temporary ban*
- Infraction Level 5 (9+ points)
*Attempting to bypass a temporary ban will result in a permanent ban.
Viewing your warnings and infractions
You can keep track of the warnings and infractions you have received by either clicking on User CP
or viewing your profile. There, you will be able to see detailed information about your infractions, including the date of the infraction, when it expires (or if it was reversed), how many points it is worth, and the reason for the infraction. Also note the distinction between warnings (yellow icon) and infractions (red icon). You should see a screen similar to this:
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Only you and the moderators can see this information; you will not be able to see other people's warnings/infractions.