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Old 02-14-2007, 11:03 PM #1
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FAQ About The Infraction System

PbNation has implemented an infraction system for rule violations. This system is used by the moderator staff to cite a user when they make an inappropriate post that is against the forum's rules or the Sticky Rules at the top of a forum but not worthy of a temp ban. Be aware that procedures and policies involving the infraction system may change without notice. Use of the infraction system is at the discretion of the moderator staff. The moderator staff can still ban users whose behavior warrants special consideration. We will try to keep this thread current.

How Severe Is A Warning/Infraction?
In the scale of tools the moderators have at their disposal, the Warning/Infraction system is the mildest tool. If you were to compare the system to driving, a warning/infraction is just like getting a warning for speeding. Temp and perm bans are a more severe tool more akin to losing your license.

How Does It Work?
When a staff member comes across a violation of the rules, they can cite the user for an infraction. When a user is cited, they receive an infraction or warning notice in their PM folder. The PM will include a link to the offending post, a notice of the type of violation, and the number of penalty points assessed, if any. The PM may also include a message from the staff member who gave you the infraction just to help steer you in the correct direction in the future.

Am I In Trouble When I Get An Infraction?
No. You're not in trouble and no one is even mad at you. We just wanted to let you know that you stepped over the line. Don't lose any sleep over it, but please be more careful in the future.

What’s the Difference Between a Warning and an Infraction?
Think of a yellow warning as a friendly reminder. It doesn't count against you in any way and it does not give you any points. However, it lets you know that kind of post isn't really needed here. Red infractions are slightly more serious because if you build up too many, you will be banned. However, getting an infraction is no need for alarm. It just lets you know that we do care about maintaining the friendly atmosphere on the site and we take the rules seriously.

What Are Infraction Points and How do I Make Them Go Away?
Infraction points work in a manner similar to the points on a driver's license. The number of points earned depends on the rule violated. Some infractions are only worth a point or two, others are worth more. When a user earns 4 points, their account is temp banned for a period of three days. Users who earn 7 points are banned for 7 days. If you amass 10 points, then the system will automatically ban you. The good news is that most infractions simply go away after a period of time. We expect you to learn from your mistakes and move on.

Keep in mind that most infraction points expire after a short period of time. This is marked as an expiration date. Expired infractions have 0 points.

How Do I Find Out How Many Infractions I Have?
Your infraction history can be found by looking at your profile. Only you and the PbNation staff can see your infraction history. It is not visible to the general public. Remember, expired infractions have 0 points.

Why Doesn't The Infraction Disappear From My Profile After It Has Expired?
Because PbNation has well over 100 moderators, it is important that we keep a record of who has received a warning/infraction. This helps to prevent you from receiving a warning/infraction twice for the same post.

Questions or even complaints about the infraction system can be posted in the Talk To Mods/Admins forum. Please do not post them elsewhere on the site, especially not in the thread where you earned it. There was a reason it was removed in the first place and reposting the same thing or complaining about it may be considered Trolling.

Why Was My Temp Ban Converted To A Permanent Ban?
If your account was infracted for porn, spam or BOS, it was automatically assessed a 7-day temp ban. When this occurs, a mega-moderator or admin will review the infraction to see if the offending post violated our rules. If it does, the temp ban may be converted to a perm-ban. Porn is a perm-ban offense, as noted in our rules.

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