As an adult, I understand the purpose of the "G-Rated" chat policy adopted by the server admin. Clean chat is better for kids and opens the server to a wider player base. No issue there. The way violations of the chat guidelines are handled is simply irritating. I mention this for the benefit of the staff, not my own, though I suspect it will fall on deaf ears. It would make sense to me--to most people, I would think--to issue a verbal warning in cases where the offence is only of questionable severity, and especially for first time offences. Today's offence on my part was during a friendly conversation with a German player, while the discussion was on ancestry and spoken languages. The person said the spoke German and wrote a short greeting in German, I responded likewise, and wrote a short (nonsensical) message back using what little German I knew. The sentence was benign. Without a clue that speaking in a foreign language was prohibited on my part. And without a friendly, "hey there, you have to speak in English on this server," ABashfulBear decided our chat warranted a warning, so I'm sitting on a two day ban. That of course means I offended the staff three times prior. The offences? When I first joined I was greeting new players by saying "whale chum" as a sort of novel form of "welcome." It's tiring to have to explain but it's worth making an example of. Because these are benign words, used in a positive and friendly way, with no malicious intent. After bringing it up with a couple mods, the unanimous consensus was that "chum" resembles a no-no word, and so it was definitely not allowed in that context. Beg your pardon but that's the most ridiculous thing I've heard as far as chat rules go. You may as well ban the words sit, duck, fussy, or any other word that's one letter off from a banned word. Again, the warning was issued by ABashfulBear with no prior verbal warning. The second offence was the first time I used an abbreviation that normally has a swear word in it. This I understand and did not repeat the offence, but clarification on the rule prior to issuing a warning would still have been more appropriate IMO. And the third offence was when I used the word "lemonaids" in a sentence for a purposefully lame joke, which I believe the warning was justified for in all honesty. My point is as follows. You want a community with clean, child-friendly dialogue, and that's all well and good. But the way you handle ambiguous instances of chat violations, is annoying to a point that I felt compelled to type up a short thesis about it. Because I'm fond of a lot of people who play here but I'm not interested in triple checking every sentence I write in-case I tread into "PG" waters, or say a foreign word trying to bond with someone new, or use any word that slightly resembles a bad word, even if the context is sterile. That isn't to say I'm perfect--I'm not--but neither is the judgement of your moderators, nor is the procedure for handling mishaps. It needs improvement. Take it or leave it, that's my $0.02. Whale chum.