Warnings are a points-based system used by Qlutch to assess breaches that will not, on their own, result in an immediate and lasting ban. This encourages users who earn these points to continue to access the platform as usual until they reach a point benchmark that will suspend them temporarily for a growing period of time, giving them the ability to focus on their behaviour, familiarise themselves with our laws, and align themselves to deter further violations. The points will add up if a person is reluctant to change their behaviour, which ultimately lead to their permanent exclusion from the site, when they are shown to be unsafe for our environment.
Receiving a warning does not inherently mean that a suspension is issued. The bulk of the laws that you can break on Qlutch are not worth enough points of their own to get you suspended. Suspensions take place only when you have received enough points to reach a benchmark for suspension. In the future, avoid breaking the laws, and even though you have been warned, you can prevent a suspension from ever being issued.
When a suspension happens to you it is because you have obtained the following:
- 10 points - 4 day suspension
- 20 points - 1 week suspension
- 30 points - 1 week suspension
- 40 points - 2 week suspension
- 50 points - 2 week suspension
- 60 points - 3 week suspension
- 70 points - 3 week suspension
- 75 points - Permanent Ban
Suspensions are automatic and on an individual basis, cannot be lifted or diminished. This is to ensure that our members are handled equally. The forums would become "read-only" until unsuspended. This ensures that in addition to assistance requests and private messages that you are already either a part of or generated by a staff member, you will not be able to interact with the website.
Remember that certain lower warning points for violations will expire as well. The process no longer counts expired warning points, so it is easy to touch a lower suspension benchmark numerous times instead of transferring any instance where you are notified to the next benchmark. From the "Warnings" tab of your profile, expired points will still be available, visible only to you and staff members.
There is a notice and point value associated with any rule on the rules list. The rules can be viewed here.
The amount of points you receive for a rule violation will not change even if these points values change. It will remain the same on your profile that it was at the time of your warning unless otherwise announced.
As for the point values of these rules, though the may be subject to change, as of current, they are as follows:
# Name | value | expiry (in months)
1.1 Encouraging/Promoting The Violation of Our Rules/TOS | 10 or penalty equal to the violation promoted | 36
1.2 Abusing The Reaction System | 3 | 12
1.3 Abusing The Reports/Support System | 4 | 12
1.4 Creating Multiple Accounts | 5 | 12
1.5 Defamatory/Trashing Behaviour | 5 | 12
1.6 Disrespectful/Harassing/Hateful/Trolling Behaviour | 10 | 36
1.7 Impersonation/Misrepresentation of Self | 15 | 24
1.8 Low Quality/Meaningless Content | 1 | 6
1.9 Non-English Content | 1 | 6
1.10 Misleading/Shocking content | 5 | 18
1.11 Requesting/Suggesting Staff | 2 | 6
1.12 NSFW Content | 10 | 36
1.13 Referral/Intention of Producing Revenue Links | 2 | 12
1.14 Necro-Posting | 1 | 6
1.15 Sharing Personal Information | 10 | 36
1.16 Spamming/Promoting Spam | 5 | 18
1.17 Abusing Staff Members | 5 | 12
1.18 Wrong forum/section | 2 | 6
1.19 Promoting Competitors | 10 | 24
2.1 Resource Not As Described | 3 | 24
6.2 Misusing Resource/Downloads | 3 | 12
2.3 Miscategorized Resource | 1 | 6
2.4 Resource Contains Malware | 35 | 36 (or ban)
2.5 Bumping Resource | 2 | 6
unowned content | 20 | 36
2.7 Resource contains premium features available for lite | 6 | 10 (or ban)
3.1 Do not attempt to promote any servers or external websites in shoutbox unless via a Qlutch thread link | 3 | 6
3.2 Do not flame/flood the shoutbox with personal arguments | 3 | 6
3.3 Do not send multiple advertisement messages within twenty-minute increments or advertise content which has been advertised in the last 20 minutes | 3 | 6
These values are once again, open to adjustment. It is your obligation to know what our rules represent.