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Banning Policy Revealed

Banning Policy Revealed

In our continuing efforts to improve the experience of our Forum Members, we are reaffirming our belief in being firm, fair, and open regarding our moderation of the forums. We’re going public with our revised and simplified policy on banning those who repeatedly breach our rules. For some time now our dedicated Members have been asking us to be clear about our efforts to remove troublesome users who seem to plague our forums. We agree with a firm approach, and acknowledge your right to see clean forums fit for decent, contributing members who respect the site and its purposes.

With immediate effect, Administrators and Moderators of XDA-Developers will operate a new simplified moderation policy on banning—but rest assured this will be firm and fair, as we see banning as our last resort after warnings and infractions have been given. In fact, we hope that being open about the way bans are applied will lead to better understanding among Members, and will therefore act as a deterrent to bad behavior.

Feedback from Members has informed us that one of the biggest problems with our forums is the increasing number of users who repeatedly spoil the forums with often low level, but extremely annoying and poor behavior. To protect the vast majority of Members from those who appear with self-entitled attitudes, disruptive behavior, and disregard for the rules; we will follow simple stages in applying successive bans. Users who breach our rules should be very clear that it will no longer matter whether breaches of the rules are “serious” or “minor.” Repeatedly breaking ANY of the rules will ultimately result in a permanent ban.

For regular Members the following simple model will be followed if after initial warnings and infractions have been given, the user continues to breach the rules:

  • Initial ban: 1 to 3 days
  • A subsequent rule breach: 1 to 3 weeks
  • A further breach of the rules: Permanent

This new and simplified policy is geared at those repeated poor behavior, ignoring warnings, and failure to read our rules.
Clear and obvious spammers and very extreme or highly destructive behavior will continue to warrant instant bans.

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