Banning in most cases will be done via a point system listed below, but may be tailored on a case by case basis.
Warning by moderator/administrator may be given in some circumstances, but most infractions will result in infraction points. Your level of infraction points will determine how close you are to a ban.
Your first ban will be a 'time-out' ban that will consist of 24 hours. This typically is used as a 'cooling-off' period.
The next temporary ban will last one week.
Following the previous two bans, if a user continues to violate policy, they will be permanently banned.
Following private discussion, some permanently banned users will be allotted the right to return to the community under a different username in the future. However this is very restrictive and in the event that they continue to misbehave, their account will be permanently banned with no prior warnings or temp bans. While we reserve the right to allow certain users re-admittance, do not expect to be given a second chance if you have been permanently banned.
A permanent ban can be applied for any reason and at any time if the Admins determine it is warranted to promote the harmony of the community.
Bans and warnings are not to be discussed on the forums. Any inquiries or comments on bans are to be sent in private messages or via email. A moderator/administrator may choose to publicly inform the participants of a forum about bans and warnings if this is in the interest of the forum.
We hate to have to ban members and rarely do so-don't give us a reason to have to!