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A SoftBan is simply a demand to stop editing for a specified period of time, as opposed to a HardBan, making the target into a temporary CommunityExile. It may follow a CommunityWarning. Usually, it follows an EditWar. If attempts for dialogue with the targeted party are not being heard due to excessive flooding (a low SignalToNoiseRatio), a SoftBan creates the space around the diplomatic words so they stand out.
Advantages of the SoftBan:
Compare TrialByExile, AutomaticSandbox.