Over the last few years the Politics, Religion and Social Issues (PRSI) forum has required an ever-increasing amount of moderation, and in the last year has constituted more than twice the moderators' total workload compared to two years ago, even after taking into account the effect of the recent US election. These moderation issues take time away from moderating other parts of the forum that are considered our focus. We recognize the benefits that the forum provides to the community and have been discussing what changes we could make to how the forum is moderated to enable its existence to continue. Initially, these changes will consist of stricter moderation within the forum, detailed below. Depending on the impact of these changes, we may make more significant changes in the future so that we can maintain our focus on the core parts of the forums. We also ask members to help us in improving the decorum of the forum so that we can ensure that we can keep the forum open long term. The changes to moderation are as follows: Three violations of the Rules for Appropriate Debate in the PRSI forum within six months will generally result in the user losing access to the PRSI forum. Other patterns of behavior that don't meet this criteria precisely but are of similar severity may also result in loss of access. After the first such loss of access the user can apply for access after a minimum of one year, and reinstatement will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The second such loss of access is permanent. In order to ensure that moderation resources are allocated well throughout the forums, a thread may be either temporarily or permanently closed if it reaches the point where violations result in a need for a disproportionate amount of moderation. This has always been the case across all forums, but we will be increasingly proactive about doing so for problematic threads in the PRSI forum. In the case of thread closure, the subject cannot then be brought up again in a new thread. Violations that occurred prior to this announcement will not be counted in this new system. General moderation escalation will however apply as usual. This means that in cases where a user has incurred multiple, frequent PRSI violations and removing the user's access was already under consideration, the administrators may choose to proceed. Also note that these new rules are in addition to moderation escalation across the forums in general; this means that a rule violation in the PRSI forum could lead to a temporary or permanent ban for the entire forums, depending on a user's moderation history, even if they haven't met the criteria for loss of PRSI access. As long as users post within the forum rules, the new system won't be noticed. As always, we are greatly helped by your post reports. Please remember that a reported post is not necessarily moderated - moderation is only done if a post violates a forum rule. How can I avoid losing my PRSI access? Familiarize yourself with the forum rules and the Rules for Appropriate Debate. If you're angered by a post, wait to respond or don't respond at all. Don't respond to a post with a violation. Ignore it, respond to it politely, or report it. The administrators have sole discretion regarding moderation and loss of access in the PRSI section. We will continue to answer all questions about and requests for review of moderation sent via the Contact Us form. General discussions of rules and moderation policies and suggestions for change will as always be allowed in the Site and Forum Feedback section, provided they don't refer to specific moderation.