The access request mechanism was introduced to stop posters who have been banned from the forum from re-regging and gaining access to cause more problems. The process also allows moderators to screen new users and refuse access to those who we believe will be disruptive.
It is not always possible to judge a persons approach to a subject as emotive as soccer from their posting history on the rest of boards, so we have introduced the following system of probation for new users:
- The probation period is for a period of 3 months after access is granted or 100* posts on the forum, whichever is longer.
- During that period if a user picks up a single red card, or three yellow cards, they will be banned from the forum for three months.
- On your return, you will start a new probation period of 3 months/100 posts, should you accumulate one red card or three yellow cards again you will be banned until the end of the forum season (Aug-Jul) or 6 months, which ever is longer.
- On you return you will start a final probation period as above, with a permanent ban from the forum as the final punishment
We accept that the vast majority of people who seek access to the forum do so to discuss soccer within the rules of the forum. This condition will allow us to deal effectively with those who wish to be disruptive, while allowing others to continue to contribute in a positive manner.
*please do not seek to circumvent the 100 post requirement by spamming the forum with one word replies, as we may remove access at any time from those we believe to be exploiting loopholes in the rules.