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Permanent bans aren't very permanent

Discussion in News started by Brian, May 17, 2016

  1. Jun 4, 2006
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    ...well most aren't.

    Earlier this year, we received a slew of unban requests from old, permanently banned players, all of which were forgiven. This got us thinking, 'maybe we should ban players for a year rather than permanently?', figuring one year is long enough for most players to change their ways. This would mean any offense that would normally earn someone a permanent ban - such as hacking - would now only earn them a one year ban, but permanent bans would still be possible for the bad eggs who manage to earn them (e.g., a child porn spray will still result in an immediate perm ban).

    A few weeks ago we decided to move forward with this idea, and yesterday we finalized it. One year bans will now be given in place of permanent bans, and permanent bans will be given on a case-by-case basis.

    With this change comes another mass unban (the last one we did was in July 2013). 1,260 permanent bans that were a year or older have been lifted, and 163 permanent bans given within the past year have been updated to one year bans. Not all bans were lifted however, 87 exceptions were kept intact.

    @Server Admin's:
    -- Now is a good time to review the server rules. Make sure you're logged into your forum account so you can see the updated punishment procedures.
    -- If you believe someone deserves a permanent ban, create a thread in the perm ban request section of the forums.

    Thanks to @Momo for the idea, @Seeker for stealing it and starting a thread about it, @Kyle for helping with the queries, and all of LSA+ for their input.

    TL;DR Going forward the maximum ban length will be one year for almost all offenses. Permanent bans are still possible however and will be given on a case-by-case basis. 1,260 permanent bans that were a year or older have been lifted, and 163 permanent bans given within the past year have been updated to one year bans.
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    • May 31, 2012
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      I normally can't get myself to agree with you guys, but great update!
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      • Feb 8, 2013
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        Awesome! I wish this was some earlier in time 'cause Pooper would sure have wanted to play.
      • Jan 3, 2013
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        Pooper again! Still alive?
      • Feb 8, 2016
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        Well, I guess perma banning @Famo is out of question now then. Bah.
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        • Oct 24, 2013
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          Oh ho ho ho....the rise of the terror crew will join ranks with the wizards....Cancerous Space Lizard Wizard Contingency Crew assemble!
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          • Apr 9, 2012
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            This is great. I have been invited by Luffaren yesterday for getting the GO server up and running again, and it pained my hearth that I
            1. Didn't hear about this beforehand and
            2. I couldn't participate anyways because I had an important exam to prepare :sweat:
            What I mean to say is that, I will actively aid in revamping PF, and I think this new rule is great to bring in the old players again (banned or unbanned).
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            • Feb 8, 2016
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              The only concern is, since they've been unbanned...will they continue to do that which they were permanently banned for in the first place again? That's the main concern.
            • Sep 14, 2008
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              Then they get rebanned if it happens again.
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              • Feb 8, 2016
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                For them just to get unbanned again a year later for them to do so again? It'd just be an endless cycle. Some people (like the kids) wouldn't care because they don't understand "maturity". Unfortunately. But meh.
              • Sep 14, 2008
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              • Feb 8, 2013
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                You're over thinking it. Even with these bans being uplifted, don't expect a wave to crash in. This only allows entry to some of the old loyal ones that are still looking to come back. Most of the bans will be left unrevived. If anyone comes back and does the same exact thing again, gets banned for another year, the chances of them coming back is super slim. Super.
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                • Mar 20, 2011
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                  Here comes cheese and crackers...
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                  • Oct 24, 2013
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                    The Spirit world has been opened and now only a few select demon wizards will be strong enough to combat what admins can't.
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                  • Apr 26, 2015
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                    o shit whaddup!

                    #freeyungboichungbungdunkaroospls
                  • Feb 1, 2011
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                    Dig it awesome idea. was time for another ban purge and a 1 year cap for most thing makes a lot of sense.

                    LOL at the top 2 bans on SB
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                    • Apr 9, 2007
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                      E-Jesus takes many forms.
                    • Oct 24, 2013
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                      :sidefrown:
                    • Sep 30, 2013
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                      Omfg Dopescope is unbanned, this is more rare than finding the cure for cancer!
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                      • Mar 16, 2012
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                        Free #DopeScope