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Based off some community feedback, I am going to make the following adjustments to the TOS in regards to ban times and punishment levels. Effective April 1st (No April fools )
Current "Bans and Warnings" section of the TOS:
Changed Bans and Warnings:
First thing, I'm doing away with the 1 month banning. We only have had 3 or 4 users who have even hit that level of banning, but after we changed these back in November I can tell you it is unnecessary to have now. As a deterrent even, it doesn't work. It also gives our community a different image of being strict, which isn't what made our community what it is. Actually it was part of the reason we left our previous home in the first place.
Secondly, you will notice there is a range of ban lengths now instead of a flat time amount. This was created to give the mods more flexibility when deciding what type of ban (if any) is appropriate as opposed to a flat increasing ban level. Users will still be tracked on how many times they break the TOS as a stat a mod can reference when issuing bans, but they will no longer be linked directly to flat ban times.
I think this is also more welcoming for a new user to see a lighter ban structure that is still more than capable of handling the issues that arise in the community.
Update to the TOS is on the way, this is a preview of what will go into effect next week. Any questions, etc. post on below!
- With the exception of a few permanently banned accounts, all users' Ban and violation histories are being wiped clean!
- Every user will receive 2 warning per year before they can expect a ban under most mod actions. More severe violations can go straight to ban by a mod's discretion.
- Icons / Avatars must now be SFW (Safe for Work). NSFW gifs and images, even mild, will not be permitted. You will be asked to change it, or a mod may remove the image for you. This site will be comfortably viewable to everyone no matter of location.
- The ban system we used has been scrapped for a single simple system, which is now publicly known. We had different levels of ban times depending on the infraction and the past user histories before, and the ban methods were not actually known outside the staff and could have appeared to be random.
- Overall staff transparency and accountability is being addressed. There has been a disconnect between the community and the staff members with the biggest concern being modding consistency. Mods are now required to make a note publicly of their edits of posts or removal of content, to further our transparency. We serve the community, and are the same as you with but with a few more responsibilities.
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