When we first launched the site, we were mobbed by all sorts of crazy people who thought they could just post silly comments and earn credits. This was at least partially our own fault as things weren’t as clear as they should have been, etc.
Anyway, in the early days we were being bombarded with literally 1,000+ new comments a day – and the majority of them were either just silly, random comments, spam, etc.
In order to get things under control as quickly as possible we implemented “warnings” and a “timeout” system where each time a user submitted an inappropriate comment they received a warning and were put in “timeout” before they could post more comments.
And after 3 warnings they were put in “permanent” timeout and couldn’t post any more.
Since then we’ve had plenty of time to do a lot of work “behind the scenes”, as well as build up our FAQs page and just generally make things a lot more clear for new users in terms of what IM Report Card is all about, what kinds of comments are acceptable, etc.
… so effectively immediately we’re starting fresh, and everyone gets a clean slate.
Aside from those users who have been permanently banned for trying to post obscene, spam, or other extremely unacceptable content, we’ve reset everyone else’s “warning” count to 0. So if you had 2 warnings and have been leery of posting because of that, there’s no need to worry any longer.
We’ve also increased the number of warnings to 10 before a user is put in “permanent timeout”. We were going to get rid of the warning system altogether, but we decided to leave it in place and just raise the number of warnings to 10.
If you have any intention of being a valued member of our community, you should never even get close to 10 warnings so this shouldn’t affect you at all.
Our guidelines are now extremely clear in terms of what constitutes an acceptable comment. They are clearly posted in several places, including right here in the FAQs.
Of course, if you have any questions or something still isn’t clear, just contact us.
Finally, we would like to take this time to apologize to everyone (except the scammers we’ve had to ban) for some of the early confusion due to things not being clear on the site, our moderators being new and occasionally making mistakes, etc.
IM Report Card is now running like a well-oiled machine and we’ve only just begun …