Infractions, Redactions and Appropriate Reactions


In Open Debates we use an infraction system. Each infraction corresponds to a punishment received. The amount of infractions a user has dictates their next punishment. Upon reaching 5 infractions the user will be put up for banning. Each infraction corresponds to the following mute time:

1 infraction  = 10 minutes
2 infractions = 20 minutes
3 infractions = 30 minutes
4 infractions = 40 minutes
5 infractions = 50 minutes

Infractions expire after 2 weeks per infraction. For each new infraction gained, the timer resets and starts counting from the beginning again. Infractions are counted together, not singularly. All infractions follow the highest denominator, counting for as long as the longest infraction.

1 infraction  = 2 weeks
2 infractions = 4 weeks
3 infractions = 6 weeks
4 infractions = 8 weeks
5 infractions = 10 weeks

Users gain infractions either by being warned three times, muted, isolated or supermuted.

3 warns       = 1 mute
1 mute        = 1 infraction
1 isolation   = 1 infraction
1 supermute   = 1 infraction
5 infractions = 1 ban

Users that leave the server whilst in isolation get banned. Users in isolation that can not be released get banned.


In addition to manually removing content which breaches our rules, we also remove content automatically based on the presence of certain words. The reason for this is that sentences can be formulated without the use of certain words and still get the point across. We recognise that these filters in certain contexts would stifle legitimate uses of the banned words, but the benefits outweigh the cost of having to use replacements for the words.

One of the banned words with potentially legitimate use.


The rest of the banned words are locked behind this dropdown; click at your own peril.

nigger, nigga, nignog, kike, fag, faggot, retard, autist, jap, chink, chingchong, (((echo))), tranny, coon, golliwog/wog, gypsy, redskin, slanteye, spic

It is also such that these words are not allowed in voice chats, and that we punish the use of them as if there is a party offended present under §1.4 of our rules. Auto deleted words do not count for this unless they are targeted.

Proportionate Reactions

The enforcement of our rules and their interpretations are done by deleting the content breaching the rules and enacting appropriate reaction to the content’s poster. Below you can find the varying degrees of reaction each rule being broken warrants.

§1 Follow the Terms of Service and Community Guidelines.
Reported Ad Hominem and/or Sweeping Generalisation: Warning.
Other breaches depending on severity: Warn/Mute/Isolation/Ban.

§1.1 Do not post gore, poop, porn, animal cruelty or NSFW.
Reaction: Mute.
Reoffense: Isolation until the user clearly shows that they understand the rule.

§1.2 Do not sexualize minors.
Verbal attribution: Mute / Ban.
Visual sexualisation: Ban.

§1.3 Do not gather or spread user data without explicit consent.
Recordings: Isolation until the user shows they have deleted the recording.
Streaming: Isolation until the user shows they have deleted the recording.
Sharing personal information: Mute / Isolation / Ban depending on the severity.
Doxing: Ban.

§1.4 Do not harass users.
First offense: Isolation until the user shows a clear understanding of the boundary they are breaching.
Second offense: Ban.

§1.5 Do not threaten to harm users.
Reaction: Ban.

§1.6 Do not advertise or spam.
Unsolicited DM invites: Ban.
Randomly promoting one’s service with no contextualisation: Isolation.
Non-contextualised links: Warn.
Spam/chat flooding: Mute.
Text brigading: Mute.

§2 Follow the restrictions found in the descriptions of each channel.
First offense: Warning.
Second offense of similar infringement: Mute.
Third offense of similar infringement: Isolation until they show a clear understanding of what not to do.

§2.1 You may declare that another user is not allowed to follow you into another empty voice chat and speak.
If they speak: Mute.
If they reoffend: Isolation until the user shows a clear understanding of their offense.

§2.2 Memes belong in #meme-dump only. Nowhere else.
Reaction: Warn.

§2.3 Do not locally mute users in debate rooms and other community channels.
Reaction: Mute.

§2.4 Do not disrupt conversation by hot miccing.
Reaction: Mute until they have fixed their issue. This is the only time mute does not mean infraction.

§2.5 All !lfd pings require the pinged topic to be set in a debate room for at least 30 minutes or until debated.
Reaction: Mute.

§2.6 #Serious is only for threaded debate
Keeping an empty threaded-debate open for more than 24 hours: Thread deletion + Mute.
Interruptions of threaded-debates count as §2 breaches.

§3 Staff communication happens through our Support bot.
Reaction: Issue a warning and ignore the user’s request in the server.

§3.1 Do not contact members of staff directly about Support issues.
Reaction: Issue a warning and ignore and block the individual.

§3.2 Communications through Support is still subject to all other rules.
Reaction: Same as the other rules.