Have you ever logged into Bloody Elbow (or other SB Nation sites) and received a "warning" from a moderator that wasn't actually a warning? I have. Tim Burke once sent me 15 "warnings" at 4 in the morning detailing his unbridled love for Evanescence and Mandy Moore.
Previously, when moderators wanted to message community members privately for things such as announcing a contest winner, asking for an email address, or helping out with a story, the "warning" feature was our only method of contact other than email. It comes off as weird and has probably scared the shit out of several of you. As of today, that is no longer the case!
Moderators now have a new "message" feature to play with, which allows us to avoid the warning button altogether. When we message users, a pop up should appear on your screen that looks like this:
As with the warning message, you won't be allowed to comment or participate until you've read and clicked the "OK" button. It's a great way for us to communicate without the initial fear of "What the hell did I do?". Keep in mind that this feature is for moderator use only, and not for user-to-moderator.
So as it stands:
Messaged - "Hey there, I want to talk to you about something..."
Warned - "I swear, if you post that Jennifer Lawrence gif ONE MORE TIME...."
Banned - "I guess it's my turn to unban Chris Hall this time....."