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    What is the criteria for someone being banned?

    I know I'm putting my neck on the line, however I ask you to please consider that this is my first post ever on this website (a good friend of mine told me about this website and the antipoints was what called my attention).

    So honestly, what is the criteria for positive/negative antipoints? Please give me the benefit of the doubt. I visited the posts from some people who were banned and couldn't find anything wrong with them!
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    Well it depends. Bans aren't just the result of negative APs. Generally from what I've seen bans by members (that is, via negative APs or "negs") are for some of the following reasons:

    • - lack of willingness on the part of the poster to do research (ie., they ask the community "What is tcp?")
      - beg for APs (ie., "I want more positive APs! Gimme!)
      - overly rude (the reality is this can be a double standard; it's allowed if you're a senior and not if you're a newbie)
      - incoherence of questions (while proper english isn't possible all the time the excessive use of "IM" english wears on some)


    That's some that I've seen. It's not always the case.

    The giving out of positive APs is largely for two reasons:

    • - you've posted something profound and someone's learned something
      - someone likes you


    As someone has pointed out, it is a popularity contest to a degree. It's unfortunate that's it's resorted to that. The original intent was to allow the members to self regulate against trolls and such as well as to encourage good posters to continue posting.

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    If I might be allowed to add a couple:

    1. Spamming, that is advertising your services or those of your company.
    2. Plagiarism., that is stealing someone else's work and publishing it as your own (this would mostly apply to the tutorials section)

    You will see two sorts of banned people: those with red dots and those with green dots (Antipoints).

    The red dot ones have been banned by the members using the Antipoints system. The green dot ones have been banned by the Administrators for breaking the site rules. The most common reason being having multiple accounts.

    An exception is members who ask to have their accounts closed. As there is no way to "resign", the Administrators have to "ban" the account, even though the person hasn't done anything wrong as such.

    Hope that helps

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    You forgot grey dot bannings

    The rude part... Well, it depends on how you say it. It is somewhat of a double standard, but I've been pretty much the exact same way with my attitude for the miost part since I was a newbie. I've been a smart ass since day 1. Humor helps, trust me. I've usually got a smart ass comment for everything someone says.
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    I realize myself that most internet/security questions that I have (so far) can be answered by simple search. I still want to chat with this community and I hope nobody holds against me that most of my post will be limited to this area (general chit-chat).

    When some new issue comes up and I can't find the answear through search, then I will promptly post on other topic area.
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    Please do not forget that if you have a hardware type problem to put it in "Hardware" and if it is a sotware problem/question into general computer questions.

    Check out the other specialist forums as well...............you will get a quicker and better response if you pick the right forum............just browse around a bit
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    I think you actually have to make an effort to get banned through normal channels.

    If you get negs, take the advice given and try to upgrade the quality of your posts. Normally when negs are given out the person takes the time to say why they negged you so you can help yourself out. People who continually post crap are obviously making a decision that they want to be banned.
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    Some of you may have noticed our new friend Iconoclasta up there has received a few Reds. I'll cross-reference this to show you why.

    http://www.antionline.com/showthread...373#post811373

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    well that nearly confused me .............. followed |3lack|ce's link, and from there, clicked the link, and came back here, missing something, I clicked the link ..............................

    Within a couple of minutes I got ten windows open, and only the two screens .............

    What am I talking about, nearly confused, it don't look any clearer now it's written down

    to give this post a purpose ?
    If you pi55 off the seniors whilst you are a newbie, your tenancy here will be short.
    If you make it to member / addict level, irrelevant as to how many AP's you have, you will probably last a while, as we will have some idea of your character from previous posts.

    As iconoclasta is discovering, you can give the COMMENT whenever you want, but it doesn't deliver ANY AP's of yours until you have received 50 yourself.

    From there you will 'hit' with ONE AP per assignment.
    And a single AP is NOT going to harm ANY senior.............

    There is an algorithm running that will take account of your total AP stack / whether you have been consistently giving green or red / which forum it is in.

    But it is a reasonable calculation to say that you hit at approx 1% of total AP amount.

    1000 AP's = approx 10 AP's per assignment.

    There seems to be a cut off point, as those in the top ten [front page - middle - left hand side] all seem to hit at approx 60 AP's [+ or - 20 AP's.]
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    |3lack|ce I don't want to get into details here and I don't know about others but as a personal opinion I hardly consider as a senior, someone who joined a couple of months ago and has a little over 300 posts. Even as a newbie I'm entitled to feel this way!
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