How the warning system works:
User Warning System
This feature enables members of the admin and moderation team to issue warnings to members - and to use a members warning level to determine the actions available to them on the forum. Upon enabling this feature a permission will be available within the permissions section to define which groups may assign warnings to members. Warning levels can be adjusted from a members profile. The following additional options are available:
* Warning Level for Member Watch
This setting defines the percentage warning level a member must reach to automatically assign a "watch" to the member. Any member who is being "watched" will appear in the relevant area of the moderation center.
* Warning Level for Post Moderation
Any member passing the value of this setting will find all their posts require moderator approval before they appear to the forum community. This will override any local board permissions which may exist related to post moderation.
* Warning Level for Member Muting
If this warning level is passed by a member they will find themselves under a post ban. The member will lose all posting rights.
* Maximum Member Warning Point per Day
This setting limits the amount of points a moderator may add/remove to any particular member in a twenty four hour period. This will can be used to limit what a moderator can do in a small period of time. This setting can be disabled by setting to a value of zero. Note that any member with administrator permissions are not affected by this value.
How we currently have it set up:
To go on the watch list the user needs 10 warnings
Warning level for post moderation (meaning that person's posts will need approval before being made public): 35
Warning level for muting (post ban): 60
Max number of warning points per day (max number a mod/admin may add/remove to a user in 24 hours): 0 (turned off, so there is no max. In other words, you're not going to out gun an admin/mod)
They lose 1 warning point every 24 hours. Currently only mods/admins can see the warning levels of a person. I am open for discussion on if we should let warned users see their levels as well, or if we should let the entire board see a person's warning level to throw in a little humiliation
We may tweak this as we go along if the numbers are too high/low.
We also still have the good ol' flat out ban process where we can just ban you from the site entirely as well.