New Warning/Reputation System
Over the last few months, the staff, as well as some of the elite members have been discussing the possibility of introducing an improved warning system to the one IPB comes with - all you can do is add warnings and remove warnings, it's that standard. We wanted more features and to be able to give admins and mods more choice on how they deal with problem members. The result is a heavily customised warning and reputation system coded entirely by myself, it's been in place for quite a while but had too many bugs to make it public. The remaining bugs have finally been worked out, and this topic is here to explain everything to you.
First of all is a the renaming. You can call it a warn system or rep system or whatever you want. The warn logs are now shown as "rep logs", as this better describes the nature of them (i.e. showing warnings - bad reputation, and positives - good reputation).
Changes in topic view
You'll have probably noticed that when viewing a topic, you have at the bottom of the bit where your avatar is, a link which reads "View Rep Log". Only admins and mods, as well as yourself can read this. Other members do not have access to it.
If you see a red number next to it, for example, (2), this means you have 2 formal warnings against you. You should check your rep log and see why you have got these, if the moderator warning you did not contact you via PM or email.
Good Reputation, and how to earn it
While it's good to have a positive reputation around any forum in the first place, it's even nicer when it is shown to the whole community in some way, and to know you're appreciated. By helping out a great deal on the forums, you can be awarded with reputation points. Obviously the more points you've got, the more useful you've been to the community, and the more respect you have.
If a member has been given reputation, you'll see it underneath their avatar, for example... Rep: 5
An example of how one might earn reputation points:
Member decides that there isn't a detailed guide on the vehicles of San Andreas. Member decides to start a topic which gives loads of details on each of the vehicles that can be found in the game. He categorises them all into cars, bikes, planes, etc. and he presents the topic well, with effective use of images, tables and colour where needed. Many other members find the topic highly useful, and thank him for his efforts. Moderator sees the topic, and awards member with a reputation point (or more if the topic is insanely good).
NOTE: Only Admins and Super Mods can award reputation points, individual forum moderators do not have this ability. Rep points are hard to earn, you don't just get given them for being a nice member, you also need to provide some highly useful, and helpful topics in addition to that. Good luck, and I hope to see many people attempting to help everyone out!
More Detailed Rep Logs - Explanations of the warnings
Rather than just increasing and decreasing warn level, I've added more relevant options. You may notice things such as "verbal warning" and "formal warning" in your rep logs, below is an explanation of what each one means, and why you may have been given it. They are listed in order of seriousness.
This is just a friendly note of warning from a moderator. It does not affect your warning level in any way. It will usually be given out when a moderator thinks you might start getting out of hand, for example, if you've posted off topic a few times, or have shown a slight tendency to spam in places. Please take these into consideration so you don't end up with a more serious warning.
This is the same as warnings were previous to all the changes. A formal warning increases your warn level (i.e. you'll see it in topic view mentioned above). If you're given one of these it means you're beginning to become a bit of an annoyance to people. You may have been posting off topic a lot, or spamming. You may have have started flaming other members or staff outside of the warzone. The reason given by the moderator should explain why you got it.
Posting Rights Revoked
This is more serious than a formal warning. Like a formal warning it will increase your warn level. Getting one of these means you've ignored previous warnings, or have persistently broken the rules, i.e. you've made a lot of spammy posts and have been annoying other members.
Underneath the reasoning, will be a time period - this is length of time that your posting rights were revoked for. During the time, you will still have access to the forums, but you just won't be able to make any news posts. This allows you to calm down, as well as prevents you from causing more disruption.
Also known as a temp ban. Whatever you want to call it, getting one of these means you're becoming a big problem here, and the mods aren't very happy with your behaviour and attitude. It will increase your warn level obviously. A period of time will be shown beneath the reason, this is the time you're suspended for,. During this time you will have no access to the forums, a message will displayed telling you the date/time you'll be granted access again. It could be hours, it could be days, even weeks, depending on how serious the rule breaking has been.
Also known as perma banned, bannage, b&... amongst other things. This basically means we've had enough of your incessant rule breaking and disruptive behaviour. We did our best to fix you, but you just didn't listen. We've now evicted you from the forums, and you're account now lives shamefully in the "Banned" group. This doesn't really require much more explaining, and hopefully you'll never come close to be on the receiving end of a moderators ban stick.
NOTE: Only Admins and Super Mods can permanently ban a member, individual forum moderators do not have this ability.
In all cases of a warning, if you were warned for a particular post, a link ("View Related Post") will show up beneath the reason given by the moderator. Clicking this will take you to the post you were warned for. You should look at it and see why you were warned.