Moderation Policy

Contents
Moderation History
Informal Warnings
Formal Warnings
Account Restrictions
Account Suspension / Bans
Public Records of Moderation and Accountability
Unban Requests
File Moderation
We strive to provide our users with a pleasant and productive environment in which our users can share and discuss video game mods and media. In order to accomplish this, we must enforce various and evolving standards in regards to usage of our services and the nature of the user-submitted content. These standards are enforced by Nexus Mods employees as well as a group of appointed volunteers ("moderators") in the following referred to as “staff”. 
This document describes the various methods that staff may choose to employ in an attempt to ensure that user-submitted content complies with our various policies and guidelines, as described at our  Help Center. Staff reserve the right to remove, edit, or modify user-submitted content to ensure compliance with our policies and guidelines which, in turn, are subject to our interpretation.

Moderation History

Every user on Nexus Mods has a Moderation History, which stores all the administrative actions taken against said user. This can include a given user’s track record of informal notices, informal warnings, formal warnings, account restrictions, bans, ban lifts and unban requests.

Informal Warnings

Informal warnings may be issued at the discretion of staff to inform users of minor infractions of our guidelines or policies that may or may not result in further administrative actions as described in the following sections of this document. Though these warnings will not be made public, they may be referenced by staff indefinitely.

Formal Warnings

Formal warnings may be issued by staff to inform a user of violations of our guidelines or policies. In order to promote accountability among our users and staff, these warnings may be viewed publicly on our forum. These warnings may be associated with your account indefinitely and may be referenced by staff. Formal warnings may also be accompanied by temporary or permanent account restrictions, as described further below.
Users who receive multiple warnings may be subject to account suspension (in the context of the site and in the following referred to as “ban”). However, staff reserve the right to ban users without warning at their sole discretion e.g. in the event of gross misconduct at the part of the account holder.

Account Restrictions

Based on the severity or frequency of infractions, restrictions may be placed on user accounts that prevent the use of particular features of our website and services. These restrictions may be temporary or permanent. Restrictions can affect the following services:
  • Mod page creation and uploads
  • Usage of file tools
  • File downloads
  • Forum and comment posting (in general or on a specific file page)
  • Image uploads
  • Mod and image endorsements
  • Private messaging
Such restrictions can be imposed and lifted at the discretion of staff. Account restrictions as listed above are always accompanied by a corresponding Formal Warning and become part of the user’s Moderation History.

Account Suspension / Bans

Regardless of account status such as membership status or Moderation History, infractions of our Terms of Service and/or various guidelines and standards may result in account suspension at the discretion of staff. Commonly known as a "ban", account suspension effectively prevents a user from accessing many of the services offered by Nexus Mods by disabling the associated account indefinitely. Account bans can be appealed by filing an Unban Request which is subject to review by staff.

Public Records of Moderation and Accountability

Formal warnings, bans, and the reasoning behind these administrative actions are publicised on our forums for the sake of transparency. We endeavour to ensure that our moderation remains transparent in order to give users insight into the way we handle moderation on the site.

Unban Requests

Users who wish to reactivate a previously suspended account may file a one-time unban appeal which will be reviewed by Nexus Mods staff and may, or may not, result in the reactivation of the account, at the discretion of staff.

File Moderation

Files may be placed in moderation for any reason deemed appropriate by staff including but not limited to permission disputes, review for inappropriate content, copyright or trademark violations. Additionally, user-submitted files that do not pass security checks such as virus scans will be systematically placed in moderation to be reviewed by staff.
Files that have been placed in moderation are effectively hidden from public view while remaining on our services, allowing staff to investigate and identify any content that may violate our policies and guidelines. While a file is in moderation, the uploader will be unable to upload or edit the file page unless explicitly specified by staff.
Staff may inform the uploader of the file in question of the reason for why it has been placed in moderation. Users who have one or several files placed in moderation are encouraged to provide staff with pertinent information, evidence, screenshots etc. that may assist staff during the investigation process.
Moderation may be lifted from files in circumstances where the file in question is deemed acceptable for distribution on our websites and services. However, if the file is found to be in violation of our policies or guidelines, it may be removed permanently and the uploader might receive a notice, warning, or ban as described above - at the discretion of staff.
Enquiries about file moderation should be directed to  support@nexusmods.com.