New Infraction / Warning System - Points for rule violations

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  1. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator

    Over the many years that BYC has been around, we’ve worked hard to create a friendly and helpful environment where peeps can chat about chickens (and a bunch of other topics). Over that time, we’ve also developed a bunch of rules that every member agrees to when joining our wonderful group. After a member registers, they are responsible for adhering to the rules they agreed to when joining.

    Our forum moderators do a fantastic job, but managing a community of tens of thousands of active members is really a tricky challenge, especially when it comes to remembering who did what, where, and when.

    To help our moderators keep their sanity while helping us do a better job communicating with our members, we’ve implemented a new “Warning / Infraction System” feature. This will allow for better and simplified moderation that is universal for all users and ultimately provides a better forum experience.

    This new system allows us to better manage the behavior of our forum members and offers an easier way of issuing warnings, suspensions and, when absolutely necessary, bans.

    It is important to keep in mind that an infraction / warning is not given to punish our members, but is a way for us to help our members better understand our community's rules and tone. If you get an warning, please simply become better acquainted with our rules and try to understand why you received a warning and continue enjoying our wonderful community!

    Here is how the system works:

    If a user should earn a warning, a message will be sent to the user explaining why the warning was issued along with how many points they have "earned". The more severe the infraction, the more points received. If you get an warning, you will receive a Private Message alerting you to the infraction along with details of why you received the warning.

    If you gather too many infraction points, you will be prevented from using aspects of the forum for a certain amount of time.

    If you feel the infraction/warning was unfair then please contact a moderator; don’t start a public thread as it will be locked/ removed and result in even more infraction points.

    Sometimes a warning may be issued without infraction points; if this is the case, any further breaches of the rules will result in an infraction with points associated.

    Almost every infraction’s points have an expiration to them, and they vary between types of infractions.

    You can see your infraction points and warning history in your user profile (Profile, Essentials, User activity). Only you and forum staff can see your warnings.

    Below is the current list of warnings and points. Please keep in mind that this system is brand-new and we expect that we will need to continue evaluating and tweaking the warning, points per infraction, expiration dates, etc.

    We appreciate the members of our community that work hard to keep the forum rules and are very glad that this applies to the vast majority of you!

    Honestly, we hope that none of you will even have any interaction with this new system! [​IMG]

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  2. toejam

    toejam Never enough birds

    Dec 21, 2009
    SW Ohio, Wilmington
    How many points leads to the "timeout"? or are you still deciding that?
  3. ChickenAlgebra

    ChickenAlgebra Songster

    Mar 14, 2011
    Thank you Nifty! However, is there a list that explains the infractions and the point value assigned to them?
  4. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits...

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    Whens this start?? How many points do i have already?
    *off to check on all my points!... * [​IMG]

    OOh wait.. points are a bad thing... [​IMG]
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  5. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits...

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    Quote:Good question.. cause i can see some serious "point" value problems coming up...
    Like, "why did so and so only get 5 points for that...and i did the SAME thing and got 10 points?"
    I think a point value list is a good/fair thing for us all to have/know.
  6. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator

    Sorry, I should have included a link to the list (which I've now done in the first post).

    Again, keep in mind this system is fresh off the computer presses, so there will be some tweaking done.

    Also keep in mind that the points are just a general guideline, our moderators may give more or less points for an infraction depending on the context, etc.
  7. lynnemabry

    lynnemabry Songster

    Jul 24, 2010
    Beautiful Lake County
    bummer that you need this [​IMG]
  8. BrokenRoadFarm

    BrokenRoadFarm Chirping

    Jun 10, 2011
    North Central NC
    Quote:X2 [​IMG]
  9. mom'sfolly

    mom'sfolly Crowing

    Feb 15, 2007
    Austin area, Texas
    Sounds like a workable system. Thanks for all the effort.
  10. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits...

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    Quote:Thanks for the link!
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