Drowning in a red state.
I think that having permanent infractions is a bit much, as the years go buy those infractions could accumulate..........Shouldn't the infractions have like a 2 year expiration date? >_>
The way I see it it still depends on your general record anyway. If you'd be consequently posting rom links, chances are you'll be banned soon enough anyway. If you have the occassional slip up, the three strikes can be stretched. Wielding the banhammer is a necessary evil, as I prefer not to use it. It's a last resort thing only for spammers or for those who will never change and do more damange to the community than they do well.Is it currently a "3 strikes your out" system? I would hope weight as attached to each infraction to determine the severity of punishment...
Here there's no consequences to the infractions, there's no autoban, and there's no reduced permissions. It's merely a tracking device for staff to log past behaviour. However, with the infractions being there permanently it created rather negative tension about long term members fearing for access to the forums because of slip ups long ago.How long do you need infractions to last, though? At one forum I go to that uses a heavily modified version of vBulletin, most infractions last either two or three weeks. The longest infraction length is two months, and that's only for repeat offenses. Also, infractions there have weights of 1, 2, and 3 points. 4 points gets you reduced posting rights, while 6 points equals a ban. And yes, all of that is common knowledge to anyone that reads the rules and FAQs of the forum. (I've noticed that information about infractions here are not as publicly known.)
That system works for them, but maybe you have different needs here, especially considering that warez violations are rare at the aforementioned forum (and worth a 3 point, 45-day infraction), while here they are commonplace.