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Infraction Points.

  1. Mar 12, 2013 #1
    I found that infraction are sent here in points 0 to 10. Please explain what type of post get infraction and of what point. And how to be a safe member here without any infraction.
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  3. Mar 12, 2013 #2


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    Click on the Rules link at the top of this page (or any page here), and read it.

    Be respectful of other people here. Don't insult them, etc.

    Stick to "real science", not crackpot stuff.
  4. Mar 12, 2013 #3
    If you don't want to get an infraction, then you need to read the rules and follow them: https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=414380

    Typically, first offenses don't get any infractions but they merely get warnings. Warnings serve to remind you of the relevant rules. The name "warning" sounds far too serious and it should be "notice" or "reminder" instead, but I think we're in the process of changing that. In any case, a warning should not be taken very seriously: it doesn't give you any infraction points or anything. They are merely reminders.

    Now, the trouble begins if you ignore the "warnings" (or if your first offense is a very heavy one). If we give you a warning about doing something wrong, and you just do the same thing again, then you will be given an infraction. If you keep doing the same thing wrong, then you will be given more (and heavier) infractions.

    Things that get an immediate infraction from me (so with no previous warnings) are
    • Obvious crackpottery
    • Insults
    • Spam
    • Posting personal information about another member (without permission)
    • Trolling
    So basically, these are things that you know are not permitted without even reading the rules.

    Some offenses that new people make (and that get warnings):
    • Not posting homework in the homework section (note: if you are self-studying and you are solving problems from a textbook, then it also belongs in homework)
    • Making a thread title that is not descriptive (such as "Please help me nowwwww!")
    • Bumping a thread too fast or too much (you should try to bump only after 24 hours have passed, and even then bump only once)
    • Posting a thread multiple times in different forums (if you have posted a thread in the wrong section, then just report it and the mentors will move it for you)
    • Asking a question cold (see https://www.physicsforums.com/blog.php?b=3588 [Broken] )
    These seem to be the most typical things that new members do to get warnings. For a full list, you'll need to read the rules.
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  5. Mar 13, 2013 #4


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    Also note that first offense can also be given an infraction point (not just a warning) if it is "severe" enough. For example, a member posting HW-type post in several different places. Not only did this member ignored the notice, in red, before he/she made that post to not post outside of the HW/Coursework forum, but also violate the multiple-post rule. So when that happens, a Mentor may decide that the multiple violations deserve an infraction right away rather than a warning.

    Note that outright promotion of crackpottery and spamming do not get warnings. They get banned immediately.

    While what to send out is clear in most cases, in some cases, a judgement call is needed.

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