Hello everyone, we have yet another small change we'd like to make for the forums involving bans. Mind you, everything will remain the same when it comes to infractions. The change I speak of involves the number a times that someone gets banned. The proposed idea is the usual, after 15 points, you get banned for a week. If you get banned again after that, it will be increased from a week to 2 weeks. If you get banned after that, it will go from 2 weeks to 1 month. If you're banned once more after the 1 month ban, your next ban is a permaban. In summary: 7 days 14 days 1 month Permaban Originally, we started at 3 days, then 7 days, and so on, but someone in the Community Feedback Portal felt it should just start at 7 days. We thought of this new system due to people repeatedly getting banned for 1 week over and just returning and doing their thing until they get another 1 week ban. We've thought of other types of systems and even tried some out, like a probation system where after too many bans, we would warn a user to discontinue their behavior or they would get a permaban. I don't think this system worked very well and it was hard to keep track of and very informal. We've used it 3-4 times to date on very very sticky situations, and none of those situations were very easy. It personally made me a bit nervous using said system. What if the user wasn't banned as much as another person, but we decided to pull the plug anyway? What if we're completely wrong? Etc etc. (In the 3-4 times we actually used it, we were very sure on how many times the users were banned) With this system, we can formalize the procedure. Not only will we have a better indication on where a user stands, the user will also know where they stand with us. We really want to use this system to make it easier to document for us and for you. Again, the infraction system isn't changing, these are affecting only bans and the amount of bans 1 user has. Since we have no way of determining how many bans a user currently has (unless we documented it in discussion), this system would start now not including bans of the past unless you have indeed gotten one of the 3 or 4 messages of warning.