We are making the following changes to the pardon system, effectively immediately: Removal of the "7 day rule" in the first round of voting and replacement with the "5 vote rule" (see below). Pardons that reach the second round of voting will have their decisions posted publicly. As a result of these changes, the pardon system now works as follows: User posts a pardon. Staff members clarify any outstanding questions regarding the pardon. The first round of voting occurs. All staff members may vote, and all votes must be posted publicly. The pardon remains open until it collects 5 "support" votes or 5 "no support" votes, whichever occurs first. Pardons that collect 5 "support" votes first move on to the second round of voting. Pardons that collect 5 "no support" votes first are denied for six months. The second round of voting occurs. Only global moderators and administrators may vote on pardons in this round. The pardon remains open for 7 days, and pardons are accepted if they collect 60% or more of the upper staff vote. Pardons that do not collect 60% or more of the vote are denied for six months. Upper staff pardon decisions are to be posted publicly. As updating the pardon system has been a contentious topic for many months, we encourage you to post feedback and questions regarding these changes here. Note that pardons denied in the first round of voting in last 6 months (from September 19, 2015 onwards) that did not collect 5 "no support" votes may be reposted, effective immediately.