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01-02-2010, 23:48   #1
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AMERICAN FOOTBALL CHARTER - **UPDATED JANUARY 2015**

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15-02-2011, 13:06   #2
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1. Minor offence (See list) will result in a yellow card infraction and may incur a ban. Repeat offences may result in a red card infraction and/or a ban of increasing length.

2. Major Offence (see list) will result in a red card infraction. A red card infraction will count as two yellow cards for the purpose of point 3 below.

3. Those receiving a total of six yellow card infractions in one calendar year will be banned from the forum for the entire NFL season or 6 months.

4. Any user receiving a single red card infraction within 6 months of unbanning from a season long/6 month ban, will be banned for 12 months or, at the moderators discretion may be permanently removed from the forum.

5. In extreme cases, the moderators may deem offences to exceed the scope of the an/infraction system. In these events, the moderates reserve the right to issue a permanent or season long ban to any user.

6. Should an infraction be removed or overturned, it will not count towards the banning procedure.

7. Ban lengths for yellow card infractions are at the discretion of the moderator. Even where no ban occurs, the yellow card still counts.

8. Ban lengths for red card infractions are a minimum of 2 weeks at the discretion of the moderator.

10. In the case of abuse, should the abuse be a result of provocation, no matter how mild, the initiator will receive a yellow card infraction. Should the initiator be deemed to have purposefully provoked a user in order to report them, the mod may issue a red card infraction (ie. we will examine abuse and if the abuse was provoked, both parties will be sanctioned).

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Personal Abuse - Update 26/01/15

In the interest of nipping trolls in the bud, avoiding consistent issues of instigation and otherwise keeping levels of hostility at an equilibrium, the following amendments are to be made to what we will here after consider 'personal abuse' under revised ad hominem grounds-

- Personal abuse against other posters, including the nature and style of their posts.
- Personal abuse against players - criticism is fine, but name-calling, racism, character attacks and serious insults will not be tolerated.
- Personal abuse against organisations, including accusations of being cheats, whingers, bad losers, bad winners, etc.
- Personal abuse against fans, including name-calling, racism, accusations of preciousness, paranoia, defensiveness, etc.

The game of football can be discussed fine without resorting to any of the above.

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