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What is an infraction and what do infraction points mean?

Discussion in 'Newbies' started by alwaysconfused, Oct 23, 2019.

  1. alwaysconfused

    alwaysconfused Marketplace Mod Staff Member Moderator BHW Intern

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    If you’ve got an infraction, don’t panic! An infraction does not mean that you are any less of a member on this forum, but rather a reminder that the BHW rules are there to help you use the forum in line with our terms of use.


    The forum rules can be found here. We know its wordy. But if you don’t read them, then don’t say we didn’t warn you! A lot of information about BHW’s rules can be found in the BHW Newbie Guide. The Newbie Guide is a great place to look if you’re not sure whether or not you can post something here and if it’s not covered, then use the search bar to see if someone has posted the question before. If nobody has ever asked it then the Newbie Guide is the place to ask.


    If you break a rule, you may get a warning infraction to begin. This carries zero points and is simply a reminder of the rules of the forum.


    After this, infractions carry a certain number of points. The points given will depend upon the rule you have broken. Once you go over twelve points, then you’ll receive a ban. There are a number of violations which can receive infraction points, such as bumping your thread in the marketplace, which carries 2 points, whereas more serious violations such as abusing a mod carry 6 points. These aren’t the only infractions on BHW - there are others - but we’ve used these two as an example.


    Posting from an alternate account and/or posting fake reviews will result in 15 infraction points and therefore an immediate ban.


    But what do you do when you get an infraction?


    Well first and foremost - don’t worry about it. Warning points are only visible to yourself and the mods. Nobody else on BHW need know!


    Infractions are not permanent - after a set number of months, the infraction will expire and your record will be wiped!


    If you have an infraction, you are not able to open a new Marketplace thread, but if you already have open Marketplace threads then they will remain open.


    If you have any questions about your infraction, or believe you have a case for your infraction to be lifted early then you can raise this with the Mod who issued your infraction - remember that contacting numerous moderators about your case is considered Mod Surfing - and you could get another infraction for doing that! Read more about this here.
     
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