Per the discussion starting here, and per James comment: I am putting forth a couple questions to the membership at large. This thread is going to be with regards to the warnings and bans pattern as well as the rules. It has been commented by a few members that SciFo is extraordinarily forgiving, to the point of giving tacit approval to bad behavior. Racism, Sexism, and other forms of atrocious behavior seems to be on the rise, and one reason I believe this to be the case is that certain folks have figured out that they can behave poorly, get warned, wait a few weeks, and return to begin again with no long term consequences. Previously, the default expiration timer for an infraction was 3 months. This has been bumped to 6 months, making it slightly harder for such individuals to play their games. However, as stated in the above referenced thread, there are times when individuals accrue several dozen official warnings, in addition to verbal "slap on the wrist" warnings, and yet get to continue the very behavior they have been warned about. What, exactly, is the point of having rules if the do not have to be followed? So, I would like to ask the membership - how should things proceed? Do we tighten up the punishments a bit, removing the ability to pretend this is just a game of Grand Theft Auto and waiting for points to expire before breaking the rules again? Do we change the rules and enforce nothing but basic civility? Somewhere in between? Perhaps we leave things as they are? Or, do you have another suggestion altogether? Let us know!