In the past few months, there have been a few bannings which have caused a bit of a ruckus on the boards. What constitutes a permanent ban? What constitutes a temporary ban? What is an "Autoban"? When is ban evasion truly occuring, and when is a member just trying to contact an admin?
I will clear a lot of things up and make the process simpler and easier for moderators and users alike. There will be new rules here and a lot of restatement for old rules:
First of all, there are four types of banning used at Southperry:
1. Temporary Ban - This is a ban that occurs when you reach 7 points for the first time. After being put on temporary ban, all of your previous infractions will be overturned and you are given a clean slate to try this whole forum thing again. If you receive another 7 points on an account that has already been temporary banned, you will receive a permanent ban. Note that if you have never reached 7 points before and you cause a string of violations that total up to 14 points, you will jump straight to a permenent ban and not go through the temporary ban process.
The purpose of a temporary ban is that you lose access to the account, not access to the forums. If you would like to create another account for the sole purpose of posting without causing any problems, I see no issue with it. Please contact a staff member regarding your creation of another account so we can be mindful of your current posts. A moderator will create a post in the moderator forum regarding your new account. Any infractions you receive on your new account will be applied to your old account. If a moderator finds that you have not notified us about you creating a new account, points are doubled for all infractions.
2. Permanent Ban - To reiterate, a permanent ban is placed on an account, not on a person. If an account is permanently banned, you can still create another account and I see no issue with it. The punishment in this case is losing the account permanently with no hopes of regaining it.
3. Ban on Sight - This type of ban is one in which moderators are encouraged to ban anyone associated with a previous account. A "Ban on Sight" affects the person and not the account. Any account that we find associated with the person is permanently banned with no hopes of reobtaining the account. A Ban on Sight is only for serious offenses to the site, such as blatant disregard for the rules or becoming a constant nuisance. There have been users of this forum which used to be a Ban on Sight but have since returned to normal posting. The user in this case must contact an administrator or moderator and state that he or she is a sufficiently changed person and would like to post again. It is strongly recommended that you don't betray this trust.
4. IP Ban - An IP ban means that your IP will never be able to connect to the website because it's blocked from the server's firewall. Usually an IP Ban and Ban on Sight go together hand in hand.
Type of Ban What does it ban? Temporary Ban Account Permanent Ban Account Ban on Sight Person IP Ban Person
The purpose of using this light moderation system is to give the user every chance possible to do well as a poster on Southperry. This also gives the administration as many opportunities as possible to state what we believe to be generally poor forum behavior and for users to recognize what it means to be a good poster.
When is ban evasion truly occuring, and when is a member just trying to contact an admin?
There are no rules for ban evasion for a reason. It is very difficult to evade a ban given that bans are applied to accounts, not people. A ban evasion can only be the result of evading the Ban on Sight and IP Ban above, and this ban evasion results in a permanent ban for past transgressions.
Since many banned users want to contact adminstrators and moderators to get more information about their ban, I have enabled private messaging for banned users so they can do this. This is more fair for the banned user so that he or she knows what he did was wrong, or for a user to fight a ban and it be considered an unjust ban. This also means that banned users do not have to create a mult just to talk to administration.
What is an "Autoban"?
An autoban is generally considered to be 7 points which triggers a temporary ban. The rules and regulations will be updated to show points instead of showing "Autoban" so that this is more clear.
Bans and IRC
The IRC channel is considered separate from the forum. If you are banned on the forum, you are not also banned from the IRC channel. Considering the recent changes to the forum moderation policy on bans, the IRC channel is not the place for forum disputes. Leave IRC disputes on IRC, and leave forum disputes on the forum.