It is a place to put users who have violated Rules & Guidelines. Users in penalty box can still log in, but with limited capability.
Users might be in penalty box temporarily or permanently.
You can click on the user's username, and “In Penalty Box” will be printed under their name in the popup box. It will also be shown in their user profile page, with penalty expiration if the user is only temporarily put into penalty box.
For users in the penalty box, you
- Cannot post deals
- Cannot post forum topics
- Cannot post comments
- Cannot vote for/against deals
- Cannot vote for/against comments
Currently the expiration date of the penalty box will be shown on your user profile page, i.e. clicking on your username at the top of the page.
It will say that you are currently in Penalty Box in your user profile page, and when the penalty will expire. If your account is permanently banned, expiry date will not be shown.
If you do not understand why you have been put in the penalty box, you can use the Talk With A Moderator forum to ask for clarification.