Hi friends, I would like to start by saying I am not upset or angry with anyone, staff included. I really appreciate the work everyone puts into NC, and this post is meant as a suggestion for how you can continue to improve the server. I am posting this here to encourage public discussion on over-moderation. With the beginning of the third map, there have been some changes in the attitude of some staff members. Many of the staff are new (ish), so this is to be expected and valued (sometimes). One of the not-so-great changes I have noticed is the tendency to punish or (officially, using warning points) warn players sooner than what used to be usual. I have screenshots of this happening, and I can post them in a comment on this thread if anyone is interested. Let's start with an example of someone receiving an official warning on the first map. In 2016, I was warned (unofficially) by a staff member in chat for creating fake vanity tags with /nickname. It was very late at night, and I was tired and hyper. However, the staff member gave me multiple unofficial warnings in chat, over a period of at least an hour, before giving me official warning points and removing my nickname permissions. I think the staff member was correct in issuing those punishments, but I really appreciate that I got unofficial warnings in chat before I got stuck with official warning points. While you could argue the unofficial warnings didn't help in this case, there have been other cases where I listened to the staff member in chat, and nobody had to issue or receive official warning points. In contrast, here is an example of someone receiving an official warning on the third map: A player was issued two warning points for "Official Reason: Avoiding the Filter." The word in question was "@@@@@@@." In response to this player's punishment appeal, a staff member wrote "At the time of your warning, I saw your use of "@@@@@@@" as avoiding the filter, which is against our Code of Conduct. I then asked that you be warned for this as I was unable to at the moment. After consideration and discussion, I am going to remove your warning points and grant your appeal." I really appreciate the way staff handle appeals, and that appeal shows that staff put time and effort into educating players on the Code of Conduct, and determining the best way to enforce the rules. However, this staff member could have avoided having to write the appeal if they took the time to search for the word "@@@@@@@" in discord before punishing the player. Before that player said "@@@@@@@," the most recent uses of that word visible in discord were Nodred (in-game chat), JentheGeek (Grand Central), and Islid (Grand Central). When staff members or former staff members use a word like that in a safe-for-work channel, they give players the impression that it is okay to say it. There might be exceptions, but in those cases, it would be prudent to warn the player in chat about it before issuing official warning points. Maybe they just didn't know it wasn't allowed.