It's a subjective decision.
If it's just something minor, we usually warn first.
If it's something completely uncalled for and outrageous, then it's usually an instant ban.
Usually if the other person was not the one that started or provoked the issue, then nothing will happen to them since it's not their fault someone flipped out on them. However, we may send that other person a PM to report an issue next time instead of replying in kind.
However, if the other person gets to personal or nasty, then they could risk getting banned as well whether they started it or not.
Last edited by Brink; 11 May 2013 at 03:35.