How do warning points work?
When a user infringes on our Global Rules, they are issued an official warning. Warnings - more often than not - carry with them a point value, determined by the nature of the infraction in question; as seen below. Depending on the on the severity of the infraction the forum staff may modify point value of any warning to better suit it.
• Plagiarism: 100 points
Plagiarism is stealing. This includes claiming another's art, music, cosplay, or writing as your own. If you post something made by someone else, give credit to that person.
• Pirated Content: 100 points
We don't care what your personal views are on this or whether you engage in it, but don't post pirated materials here, links to it, or instruct others how to go about doing it themselves. While it may not be illegal in your country, this is a Canadian website and we have members from all around the world. Furthermore, laws on this have been known to change periodically. We can't and won't accept the potential liability.
• Advertising: 100 points
Unsolicited advertisements - be it via private message or forum posts, are not permitted. You are allowed to link to your own website in your profile and/or your signature, however if you wish to advertise something beyond those two areas you must seek direct permission from Feld0 via the ticket system.
• Excessive vulgarity: 100 points
While our rules regarding vulgarity are fairly relaxed, there are limits to what can be tolerated - extreme acts of vulgarity (going well beyond the occasional F-Bomb) will not be tolerated.
Note that the use of racial remarks and other derogative slurs used to categorically demean people based on race, religion, sexuality, or any other determining factor is not allowed, and will be handled as abusive behavior or excessive vulgarity, depending on the context.
• Duplicate accounts: 250 points
As outlined in the FAQ, with the exception of a verified technical issue, creation of a duplicate account for any reason is expressly forbidden. The alternate account will be banned instantly and points given to the owner's original account.
• Abusive behavior: 250 points
This should be fairly straight forward. Abusive behavior is, quite simply, the act of being a prick. There are many ways in which one can be a prick, to such an extent that attempting to list them all out here would be an impossible feat. If you need to know how to avoid getting this warning, you're probably on the wrong forum.
• NSFW Content: 800 points
Content inappropriate for members 13 and up is considered NSFW and not permitted on the site. Any depictions of sexual activity and/or nudity, including those that are implied, are strictly prohibited. Similarly, depictions of extreme violence or drug use are not tolerated.
If you're at all uncertain if something would qualify as being NSFW, open a ticket and let a staff member make the call. Posting anything close to the line without consulting staff is done at your own risk.
Users that accrue large amounts of warning points will find the following restrictions placed on their accounts:
- Two day suspension at 400 points
- Seven day suspension at 800 points
- Permanent forum ban at 1,000 points
- Twenty five warning points are removed from one's account every week.
It is important to note that this system exists primarily as a guideline. The forum administration may, at their discretion overturn any warning if they feel that there is sufficient ground to do so.
Users that feel that they have been given warning points inappropriately may submit a moderation dispute.
It is important to note that this system exists as a tool for the betterment of the forum, not as an invisible tyrant that serves no purpose beyond binding the hands of the site staff. Members that are found to be exploiting the system in one way or another, or that are found to be disruptive and/or detrimental to the community as a whole, will be dealt with swiftly and appropriately, regardless of how many warning points they have accrued.