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Re: Site-Wide Rules and Guide to Rule-Breaking Consequences

If a user is found to have broken one or more of the rules above, they may be issued with a warning (yellow card) or infraction (red card). In the interest of public disclosure, members will be warned, infracted, and banned according to the following procedures.

Infraction Procedures

Step 1.

A post that is contrary to the forum rules may be deleted. Additionally, the poster may receive a private message or yellow card (warning) about the problematic post. However, a user will receive no more than 1 yellow card for any type of offence (if applicable - see below)
Step 2.

Once a yellow card has been issued for a particular offence, the next occurrence of the same offence may be infracted with a red card and result in a ban (see below)
Step 3.

An accumulation of non-expired infractions for the same type of offense results in progressively longer temporary bans for that offense.

Offense Types and Ban Lengths

The categories of offenses are listed in the table below.

"Expires" refers to period of time after which an infraction for a given offense will expire, i.e. no longer count, for the purposes of temporary bans.
"Maximum" refers to the maximum number of infractions (expired or not) of the same type a user may receive before becoming a candidate for a permanent ban. All infractions, including those that have already expired, are counted when a user is being considered for a permanent ban.
"First red" refers to the ban length associated with the first infraction for a given offense category. For subsequent red cards for the same offence, the offender will be banned for the next available ban length (see "available ban lengths"). E.g. a third red card for a "personal attack" may result in a 1-month ban. Serving a ban for one type of offense does not carry over to another type of offense.
 Offense                        Expires        Maximum    First red
 Discriminatory remarks         Never          3          1 month
 Wishing injury                 Never          3          1 month
 Wishing death                  Never          2          3 months
 Uttering threats               Never          2          1 month
 Multiple accounts              Never          2          3 months
 Harassment                     Never          3          1 month
 Violation of privacy           Never          3          1 month
 Bashing Moderators             1 Year         7          10 days
 Spam (advertising)             -              1          -
 Porn/Inappropriate images      1 year         5          1 week
 Signature rule violation       1 year         7          4 days
 Editing a mod's changes        1 year         5          1 week
 Posting for banned member      1 year         5          1 week
 Personal attack                1 year         10         10 days
 Inappropriate language         1 year         10         - (second red = 5 days)
 Doping Allegations             1 year         10         - (second red = 5 days)
 Match Fixing Allegations       1 year         10         - (second red = 5 days)
 Forum disruptions              1 year         10         - (second red = 1 day)
 Baiting                        1 year         10         - (second red = 1 day)
 Trolling                       1 year         10         - (second red = 1 day)
Ban Length
In an attempt to improve constancy and objectivity, we have come up with a set ban length for the different infractions using the ban lengths that are available within the system. The list is used only for active red cards.

All procedures for permanent bans remain the same and can be seen here:

Inappropriate Language
Doping Allegations - Match Fixing Allegations

1st Red Card		0 days
2nd Red Card		5 days
3rd Red Card		10 days
4th Red Card		3 weeks
5th Red Card		1 month
6th Red Card		2 months
7th Red Card		3 months
8th Red Card		4 months
9th Red Card		5 months
10th Red Card		6 months
Forum Disruptions, Baiting, Trolling, Player Bashing

1st Red Card		0 days
2nd Red Card		1 day
3rd Red Card		3 days
4th Red Card		1 week
5th Red Card		2 weeks
6th Red Card		1 months
7th Red Card		2 months
8th Red Card		3 months
9th Red Card		4 months
10th Red Card		6 months
Discriminatory Remarks - Wishing Injury - Harrassment
Violation of Privacy - Uttering Threats

1st Red Card		1 month
2nd Red Card		2 months
3rd Red Card		3 months

Wishing Death, Multiple Accounts

1st Red Card		3 months
2nd Red Card		4 months

Personal Attack, Moderator Bashing

1st Red Card		10 days
2nd Red Card		3 weeks
3rd Red Card		1 month
4th Red Card		2 months
5th Red Card		3 months
6th Red Card 		4 months
7th Red Card		5 months
8th Red Card		6 months		Personal Attack Only
9th Red Card		7 months		Personal Attack Only
10th Red Card		8 months		Personal Attack Only

Signature Rule Violation

1st Red Card		4 days
2nd Red Card		1 week
3rd Red Card		2 weeks
4th Red Card		3 weeks
5th Red Card		1 month
6th Red Card 		2 months
7th Red Card		3 months

Porn, Editing a Moderator's Change, Posting for a Banned Member

1st Red Card		1 week
2nd Red Card		2 weeks
3rd Red Card		1 month
4th Red Card		2 months
5th Red Card		3 month
Some General Definitions
  • Baiting - posts that are clearly trying to evoke a rule-breaking response from another poster
  • Trolling - posts that are not necessarily focused on one poster but are either junk or nonsense
  • Personal Attack - an attack on another poster in personal terms
  • Harassment - a pattern of negative behaviour towards another poster
  • Forum Disruptions - generally bad behaviour such as bumping lots of old threads, etc.
  • Player bashing - Insulting players or using derogatory terms/nicknames to attack them. e.g trash, disgusting human being etc.
These are just guidelines, some situations may not be as clear to the definition and the infraction type chosen will be at the discretion of the moderator.

For the following infractions, there may be no yellow card - the first offence may see an immediate red card and the appropriate ban may be issued:
  • Discriminatory Remarks
  • Wishing Injury
  • Wishing Death
  • Uttering Threats
  • Multiple Accounts
  • Moderator Bashing
  • Porn/Inappropriate Images
  • Harassment
  • Violation of Privacy

Multiple Accounts

If a user who is serving a ban longer than 3 months creates a double account to evade his or her ban, the double account will be deleted and the ban on the original account will be extended by 1 month.

If the moderator team determines that the duplicate account was created deliberately but not for malicious reasons - e.g. ban evasion or game cheating - then the initial 3 month ban will be reduced to 1 month.

Permanent Bans

A user who has:
  1. 15 infractions in total (expired or not), OR
  2. The maximum allowable number of infractions within one category

May be given a warning that they are now on the path towards a permanent ban. Subsequent to receiving this warning, the user will:
  1. Receive a 1 year ban for a subsequent infraction where the maximum no. of allowable infractions is 3 or more
  2. Receive a 2 year ban for a subsequent infraction where the maximum no. of allowable infractions is less than 3, AND
  3. Receive a permanent ban for any infraction received subsequent to serving one of the temporary bans mentioned in steps 1 and 2

Appeal Procedures

What can be appealed:
  • Yellow cards
  • Red cards
  • Bans
  • Members CANNOT appeal the closing, moving, or merging of threads, and the act of editing a post by a mod.
  • A warning or infraction that has already been reviewed CANNOT be re-appealed

Who can appeal:
  • Any person who receives a warning, red card, or ban.
  • No appeals on behalf of other members will be accepted

How to appeal:
  1. Contact the appeal moderator via private message or within 1 week of receiving the warning, red card, or ban (only 1 infraction may be discussed per appeal)
  2. Explain what infraction you are appealing, and why you believe you did not break the rules, or why you should not have been warned, infracted, or banned.

The possible outcomes of an appeal:
  1. If the appeal moderator is not satisfied that you have a valid case, s/he will communicate his or her reasons to you, and at that point, the matter will be closed.
  2. If the the appeal moderator is satisfied that you have a valid case, s/he will present your case to the moderators and ask for the warning, infraction, or ban to be overturned.
  3. All moderators may review the request. However, the person who gave the warning/infraction/ban will not be involved in the decision to overturn the warning/infraction/ban
  4. After having considered the appeal moderator's request, if even one of the moderators agrees with the appeal moderator, the warning/infraction/ban will be overturned.
  5. The result of the appeal, as well as the reasons for the final decision, will be communicated to the member who has appealed.

Application of the Rules

Everyone including MTF Staff must obey the rules. Updates and edits can be made at any time so please review these guidelines regularly.

Note that not all violations will be clear-cut; sometimes a corrective measure will be taken in accordance with a moderator’s judgement as to what is appropriate in a given situation.

Reporting Posts

Moderators cannot read every single post. If you notice a problematic post or poster, be sure to report it to the moderators using the report post button or through a private message.

Currently Banned Users

If someone you know has been banned and you are curious as to why, please review these rules or visit this thread

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