Advisory Note to EM&J Forum Posters In recent controversies, I have made public statements regarding my unwillingness to issue infraction points. The point has been made recently, however, that issuing infractions serves a greater purpose than merely handing out demerit points. The infractions also allow other moderators and the site administrators to better track conduct problems at Sciforums. Thus, while a moderator in one forum might be experiencing consistent difficulties with a poster, but not issuing any infractions, other moderators remain unaware of difficult trends when dealing with related disputes in other fora. The infraction system affords us a more efficient means for determining who and what is actually giving us our headaches. I had not, by my previous policy, considered this aspect. It is sufficient to convince me to use the infraction system. Effective immediately: I am retracting my prior refusal to use the infraction system. Warnings will be issued as appropriate for mundane offenses before infraction points are issued. Warnings are not required, however, and more serious issues can and will receive infraction points without any such notice. Infraction points issued in this forum may be appealed via Private Message to either of the EM&J moderators. I cannot, and would not, prevent you from trying to appeal to higher authorities. This thread will remain open for a limited period in order to accommodate response and commentary. Thank you for your consideration on this matter.