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Old February 4, 2008, 13:58   #1
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Questions on forum regulations

Okay, most people here are aware of generic forum etiquette, although maybe some of us have strayed a little from time to time.

The thing is, Pav is quite obviously a fairly tolerant admin, but today I spotted one user had his status change to "banned". Whoah - WTF did he/she do!? I couldn't work out from the users posts, but they were presumably trollish and therefore edited - otherwise sreeja is one clever bot...

The forum FAQ is mostly about how to use the forums, rather than how not to abuse them, so I thought rather than ask Pav I'd give him an opportunity to let everyone know exactly what will not be tolerated. I've seen flaming, spamming and ladder-cheating go largely unpunished as far as I could see (except that some spam links were removed from one users sigs).

And what is with the green reputation symbol in users info? The banned user still has a green box, and so do the obvious spammer accounts - in fact everyone's reputation is green on oook. I'd have thought personally that suspected spambots would be a good target for getting the dreaded red box, so that more naive users may think twice about following the links they provide. After all, a real user would probably query a reputation change if they were innocent, but a spammer or his bot minions probably wouldn't.

Just wondering.
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Old February 4, 2008, 14:08   #2
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I have banned several accounts (can't really say people) for spamming. Nothing else, ever, there are no standards of behaviour that I would be enforcing.

The green thingie is a feature of the forum software, which allows people to put positive or negative reputation to other people. I guess it's obscure enough, there is not a single reputation posted so far. "distinguished road" is the starting level, everyone gets it. I'm actually thinking about disabling this feature.

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