In honor of the end of the world today, I'm announcing a few tweaks to how things are going to be handled here.
These changes will become effective November 1, 2011.
1) The Global Warming child forum will change from being lightly moderated to being fully moderated. It will remain members-only, but the tone there will be expected to match the tone of every other fully moderated board such as General or Skep/Sci. What this means is that the level of bickering and spillover in GW now will simply not be acceptable after November 1.
1a) Politics and Explicit will remain lightly moderated. There are no current plans to change these boards.
2) The way we are going to handle warnings is going to change. Right now, a member has to get three warnings in fairly rapid succession before the forum software automatically puts them in Muted (suspended) or Moderated (all posts have to be reviewed by a mod before they show up) mode. We are going to augment this significantly so that anyone who gets three warnings over a longer period will get suspended for a week. The fourth warning will result in being placed in the "Needs Approval To Post" membergroup, which means that every post will have to be approved by a mod and that you won't have access to Global Warming, Politics, Personal, or Explicit, until we feel like removing you from that restriction. The fifth warning will result in a ban.
The warning count will start retroactively as of September 1, 2011. It will count up to a maximum of two warnings from September 1 to today, and count up to a maximum of two more warnings from today until October 31. (In other words, you won't get retroactively suspended or banned.) If you are trying to figure out how many more warnings you can get before something bad happens, stop; work instead on not getting any more warnings at all.