If you accumulate 10 warning points, you're banned for 30 days. If you accumulate 20 warning points, you're banned permanently. Warning points expire after 30, 60, or 90 days, even if you're banned for a month and then come back later. That means if you accumulate 20 points too quickly, then na na na na, hey hey hey, goodbye.
Recently, lots of members have said they don't know when to expect a warning, so the system has seemed unfair. Let me set the record straight today with this master list of everything you can get warned for.
Moderators on ATRL decide to give warnings subjectively on a case-by-case basis, sometimes based on reported posts and help requests, and sometimes based on their own findings. Our moderators have the sole judgment to give warnings for anything they wish. They also have the right not to warn members if they don't feel the need to.
You can check your warning status by clicking your user name at the top of the page and then the "Warnings" tab.
Note: ATRL has 2 threads that are not moderated (Stand Your Ground in Celebria, and No Holds Barred in The Lounge), which may be exempt from these warnings at the discretion of the moderators.
Annoying — 1 point, expires in 30 days
One of our moderators has gotten annoyed or frustrated, subjectively, at your post.
Flamebait — 1 point, expires in 30 days
You have started a thread or posted a reply that just seems to be fishing for an argument.
Insensitive — 1 point, expires in 30 days
Even if you might not realize it, what you said was mean to a particular group of people.
Nicknames — 1 point, expires in 30 days
You have mangled an artist or celebrity's name into a stan name or a hater name.
Off Topic — 1 point, expires in 30 days
Either you posted something irrelevant to the thread, or posted a thread in the wrong forum.
Pointless — 1 point, expires in 30 days
There's no point to your post, or you're only using an unrelated image/GIF as your reply.
Fighting — 2 points, expires in 60 days
Arguing with someone in a thread instead of taking it to one of our argument threads.
Ignorant — 2 points, expires in 60 days
Say something racist, homophobic, or otherwise ignorant, and you'll be hit with this warning.
Insult — 2 points, expires in 60 days
Personally insulting another member or person in an offensive manner within a thread.
Nonsense — 2 points, expires in 60 days
One of our moderators believes you've posted something stupid beyond comprehension.
Stanning — 2 points, expires in 60 days
Aggressively defending your favorite artist and/or hating on others' favorites in a thread.
Trolling — 2 points, expires in 60 days
Specifically and deliberately posting something with the intent to make people mad.
File Share Request — 2 points, expires in 90 days
You have requested a link to an illegal download or an illegal download website.
Disrespect — 3 points, expires in 90 days
Talking back viciously to a moderator or admin; being really self-righteous and pretentious.
Explicit — 3 points, expires in 90 days
- Posting an explicit image or **** content without linking it inside [warning] and [url] tags.
- Posting overly descriptive content regarding sexual references/depictions
- Avatars and signatures that contain excessively vulgar content
Hateful — 3 points, expires in 90 days
You've said something so ridiculously offensive and hateful that it's almost unbelievable.
File Sharing — 4 points, expires in 90 days
You have posted a link to an illegal download, illegal download website, or you have posted copyrighted material.
Cheating — varies at the discretion of the moderators
You have broken the rules of the Games forum and manipulated/played everyone.
Duplicate — 3 points, never expire & 3 month ban
We've discovered that you have a duplicate account and are carrying on a second persona.
Spam — instant ban, never expires
If you post obvious spam for another website or business, you're out of here, period.
Explaining ATRL Warnings last updated: July 1st, 2012.