Currently, the point cap is 4, and the various infraction values have been balanced around this. I'm also not sure if the ban specifically happens upon reaching this value, or only when exceeding it; we shall have to see. Either way, breaking the cap will automatically result in a 10-day ban. I believe that anything beyond that should still be handled manually, meaning that ultimately the final call on a ban is still decided by the site staff.
Here is the initial infraction list:
Reason Expiry Points Blatant trolling/flamebait 1 month 3 General poor behaviour/treatment of other users 2 weeks 2 Disrespect of site staff 1 week 2 Posting inappropriate material/inadequately censored material 2 weeks 1 Pointless double post 2 weeks 1 Overly spammy posting/continuing off-topic randomness 1 week 1 Severe lack of cohesion 1 week 1 Bumping an old/dead thread w/o due courtesy 2 weeks 2 Additional redundant posts in a bumped thread 2 weeks 1 Reposting something after it was deleted (for rule-breaking) 2 weeks 3 Inappropriate personal details/avatar/signature/etc 1 month 2Remember that these are not absolute, and warnings can be given in their place. I've put a good deal of consideration into all of them, so try to get an idea of where I'm coming from. For example, if some of these values seem unfairly high for a relatively minor offence, it's because a user really has no business doing it more than once, ever (e.g. bumping dead threads and/or having inappropriate personal info). Combined with infraction extensions, this is our way of saying "Please don't do that again". It may appear too 'easy' to end up with an autoban, but you'll find that most of the common infractions only give 1 point, and really a 10-day ban is relatively minor. I think that this way, everyone will always know exactly how much strife they are in, and from there be able to make a judgment call on whether they want to get their act together or whether they just don't give a shit.
I'm leaving this thread open because I want to see if anyone has any genuine questions/doubts/etc, so they can be properly answered and this implementation can go ahead smoothly, but note that this is not the forum for even mild off-topic gibbering. Any such posts shall be subjected to the new system with great prejudice.