Judging from the comments in the rules discussion thread, I think you guys are blowing this a bit out of proportion. Yes, the punishments are now stricter. However, the rules haven't really changed that much. The reason for the bans instead of infractions where that an infraction did next to nothing unless you were productive enough to receive 3+ in 24 hours. The new system forces users to actually be accountable for what they've done. Everybody also seems under the impression that by posting "I don't like that theme" they've guaranteed themselves a ban. This is completely ridiculous. We're not trying to take away freedom of speech here, we're just trying to cut down on flaming. Next time, instead of saying "This applications sucks and I hate you, go die" either: a) Post something constructive b) Don't post anything at all We're trying to promote a forum on which people are free to help others and share without worrying about being verbally abused. Also, as for posting Off Topic things, this is to cut down on the spillover of off topic posts from the off-topic thread now that there is no post count. The Off Topic section will still be there and you can post whatever you want (within reason) there without the least fear of being banned. Also, we're not going to ban somebody for saying slightly deviating from the topic, once again it is for posts such as "I like llamas" in a thread about Pwnage. Our goal is to make the forums more efficient rather than cluttering it with hundreds of useless posts. Finally, with the things such as Double Posting, it isn't an automatic ban. All of this is controlled by the moderators, and we'll evaluate it on a case-by-case basis. If it was a double post due to a forum glitch, or due to it being a long guide you won't be banned. If you're new here and double post, you'll be warned. This is more to stop chronic double posting, and those who bump their threads every 5 minutes.