Re: Probation Rule
We don't ban someone lightly, when someone reaches over 300 points, all of their warnings and infractions, their expiry dates, the reasons for getting them, their posting history, and how they have behaved since getting them are taken into account before the user is banned. This is a manual oversight which has existed since the beginning of the warning/infraction system to prevent posters (particularly long time posters who may have infractions from a year ago) who made a few mistakes but learned from them, and have made a genuine attempt to improve from them, from being banned by a minor infraction if we think they can learn from their mistakes and abide by the rules. When we elect to ban someone, the ban is permanent. No one has been unbanned after being banned through this system.
When you reach 300 infraction points, you should be aware that you are officially "on notice" (aka probation), because any infraction, no matter how minor, will trigger this review for potential banning. This is a point that needs to be made clear, you will never be banned over a "fairly minor infraction", however the infraction that brings you over 300 points will trigger a review of all of your infractions and warnings.
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