USER'S AGREEMENT AND RULES OF CONDUCT FOR STRATICS NETWORK MESSAGE BOARDS Use of and participation in Stratics message boards ("interactive community") is contingent upon your acceptance of the following terms and rules. By participating in the interactive community, you acknowledge your acceptance of these terms. For purposes of this agreement, "Participant" refers to you. "Stratics" refers to StraticsCom, Incorporated. 1. RULES OF CONDUCT These forums are for discussing Ultima Online and the events associated with Ultima Online. These guidelines are posted only to bring clarification on some issues where there have been questions in the past. Stratics could not be any happier with the quality of posts provided by its participants and it is our desire to provide an environment that is conducive to discussions about Ultima Online. In general what we're describing here is a code of conduct and if all of our participants will subscribe to this code of conduct most of these rules will be easily observed. A. Show respect at all times. B. Help build the UO Community. The success of our forums depends upon the quality posts of our participants. We are proud of the success of our forums and give our thanks to those who have chosen to make our forums their out-of-game home. To ensure continued success we are posting these guidelines so that all participants of the Stratics forums understand what is considered unacceptable behavior in the forums and can result in a temporary suspension or a permanent ban. C. Personal attacks are prohibited. This specifically means any text/post that is blatantly attacking another person on or off the forum, especially in a personal way. D. Trolling is prohibited. Trolling is whenever someone is clearly, deliberately posting in a manner for the purpose of angering and/or insulting the other participants of the board. Trolling DOES NOT encourage further discussion in the long run, it only encourages personal attacks (if left unchecked). E. Advertisements offering in game goods for real life cash are prohibited. This disallows any Ebay advertising whatsoever on the forums as well as any advertisement on any other website that either points to Ebay or offeres real life cash in the actual ad itself regardless of where the advertisement is posted. F. Private Messages received on these Forums are to be considered private and are not to be posted publicly unless the sender of the private message agrees. G. Participant shall not post messages containing personal phone numbers or addresses. H. Advertising of player-run shards is prohibited. Additionally our forums are not designed to provide technical support for shard emulators and as such all discussions related to building and maintaining a shard are prohibited. I. Posting details of bugs and exploits in such a way that others are able to perform said bug or exploit is prohibited. J. Bans and warnings are not to be discussed on the Forums. Any inquiries or comments or bans are to be sent in private messages or via email. A moderator may choose to publicly inform the participants of a Forum about bans and warnings if this is in the interest of the Forum. K. Posting of pornography, racist or otherwise discriminating remarks, threats to cause physical or mental harm, extreme offensive language, material that breaks any law or otherwise totally unacceptable posts or links to pages that contain the aforementioned material may result in an immediate ban from the Forums. L. Deliberately circumventing the censor filter is prohibited. M. Not responding to or ignoring moderator warnings can lead to suspension. N. Unsolvable problems (including bannings) a participant has with a moderator are to be discussed with the UO Forum Coordinator ([email protected][email protected] There are a number of issues that are not so clearly cut. The following issues are acceptable. O. Images created using shard emulators may be posted on the forum. Many of our participants create cartoons utilizing shard emulators. These cartoons add tremendous value to our forums and are perfectly acceptable. P. Off Topic (OT) are not prohibited, but should be posted within reason. There are some topics that are not appropriate for the forums. All posts are subject to these rules. Excessive OT posts will be dealt with on a case by case basis. R. All Forums have a main topic. When starting a new thread, make sure you do so in the proper Forum. Q. Guild advertisements are to be posted in the Guild Hall Forum. Thank you for being a part of the Stratics community! If you have any comments or questions, feel free to send us a private message or an e-mail at [email protected] or [email protected] 2. OWNERSHIP OF MESSAGES Participant hereby waives any and all rights to any stories, ideas, drawings, opinions, and other creative "Submissions" posted to the Stratics site. Participant authorizes Stratics to utilize, in any manner it sees fit and for eternity, the Submissions posted on the site, which shall become the property of Stratics. Participant releases Stratics from any and all claims or liability (now known or hereafter arising) in connection therewith, and agrees to indemnify Stratics in connection therewith. Participant agrees and acknowledges that participation in the Stratics site shall not give rise to any confidential, fiduciary, implied-in-fact, implied-in-law, contractual or other special relationship between Participant and Stratics (other than the contractual relationship between Stratics and Participant entered into by virtue of Participant's agreement to these Rules of Conduct.) 3. SCREEN NAMES Whenever you post a message in the interactive community, your screen name will automatically appear with your message. You may choose a name to use in connection with your messages in the interactive community. However, you may not use a user name (or e-mail address) that attempts to impersonate another person; that belongs to another person, without his or her prior consent; that violates the intellectual property rights of any person; or that Stratics deems to be offensive. 4. RIGHTS OF STRATICS / DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY A.Stratics is a distributor only (and not a publisher) of its interactive community. The content is supplied by Participant with occasional responses from Stratics. Stratics shall not be responsible for policing, monitoring, or editing such content, exercises no more editorial control over such content than would a public library, bookstore, newsstand, or other distributor of content, and accordingly, shall not be responsible for exercising editorial control over such content. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Stratics shall have the right, but not the obligation, to monitor such content in order to respond to or comment upon communications by Participants and in order to determine compliance with the foregoing Rules of Conduct. Stratics shall have the right and sole discretion to edit, to refuse to port or to remove any content whatsoever which it finds to be in violation of the provisions hereof or which it finds in its sole discretion to be otherwise objectionable for any reason. The opinions expressed in the message boards are not necessarily (and in some cases not at all) those of Stratics. Stratics is not responsible for any materials provided by users which are deemed harmful or offensive to others. Stratics is not responsible in any way for any injury, loss, or damage which occurs as a result of an opinion expressed or information provided in these sections of the site. Stratics is not responsible for the content of any sites linked to an Stratics site. B.Stratics makes no warranties, express or implied, as to the content in the Stratics site or the accuracy or reliability of any information or statements contained therein. All statements, advice and opinions made by Participants in Stratics message boards are those of such Participants only, and Stratics neither endorses nor shall be held responsible for the reliability or accuracy of same. 5. PARTICIPANT'S INDEMNIFICATION / OBLIGATIONS Participant agrees to defend, indemnify and hold harmless Stratics, its parent, subsidiary and affiliated companies and their respective directors, officers, employees and agents from and against all claims, losses, costs, and expenses (including attorneys fees) arising out of Participant's use of Stratics sites, or arising out of any violation of these Rules of Conduct by Participant including, without limitation, any communication by Participant which is claimed to be defamatory, obscene or otherwise unlawful, which is claimed to violate the copyright, trademark, proprietary or other rights of third parties, or which constitutes a submission of materials. 6. TERMINATION Stratics shall have the right to immediately terminate any Participant's use of the Stratics site if Stratics determines in its sole discretion that Participant has violated the Rules of Conduct set forth herein or otherwise breached this agreement, or has engaged in conduct which Stratics determines in its sole discretion to be unacceptable.