In an effort to maintain order and consistency on our forum, some new disciplinary measures will be implemented immediately. We will be making use of the Warning Point system to record infractions and penalize members. The points earned will be permanent and cumulative. Punishments: First 5 points: 3 Day Suspension (member will have full access to the site, minus the ability to add new posts) Every additional 5 points: 7 Day Ban The point schedule will be as follows: 3 Points Arguing with staff publicly: this should be done by PM if you disagree with actions taken against you, or how rules are enforced 2 Points Post Whoring outside of Off Topic threads: If you wish to reply to multiple posts by other members, please make use of the Multi-Quote feature Consecutive posting: if your post is the most recent in a thread, and you have an additional thought to add within 10 minutes of your last post, please make use of the Edit button Conversational posts in Picture Threads: Picture threads are for posting pics, if you like something that was posted click the "Like" button, targeted questions about the pics may be allowed, but chit chat will be in violation Welcome (only) posts in technical threads: If you see a new member posting a question or an issue and it's their first post, it's OK to welcome them, as long as you are contributing to the thread as well. 1 Point Topic Bumping inside of 24 hours Abusive Behavior (trolling/harassment) Signature Violation Inappropriate Language: cursing should be limited to the appropriate threads; racial, religious or sexual orientation slurs will not be tolerated in any threads Spamming Tech talk in the Post Whore thread Some checks and balances will also be put in place on the moderators and administrators. All penalties handed out, will be reviewed by the other staff members and can be repealed if we feel the penalty was undeserved. There will also be a limited number of actions any one moderator/admin can take against a particular member. This is to prevent any actual or perceived "He's just out to get me" scenarios. Below are some keys taken from the Site Rules page that went into our decisions: If anyone can think of any scenarios not mentioned in the site rules, or this announcement, you may post them here for clarification. The staff will review and discuss them, and updates will be posted here.