These forums are for discussing Massivly Multiplayer Online Games and the events associated with Massivly Multiplayer Online Games. 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 Massivly Multiplayer Online Games. 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 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. 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. F. Participant shall not post messages containing personal phone numbers or addresses. G. 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. H. Posting details of bugs and exploits in such a way that others are able to perform said bug or exploit is prohibited. In addition, documented involvement in activities that prove to be malicious and/or illegal in nature as it concerns the gaming industry as a whole will lead to immediate and permanent banning from the forums. I. Publicly discussing actions by the moderators is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to: bans, warnings, locks, and moved threads. Any inquiries or comments on bans, warnings, or other moderator actions, 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. J. 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. K. Deliberately circumventing the censor filter is prohibited. L. Spamming the forums is prohibited. M. Please adhere to the following restriction for images that are not directly related to the topic of the thread under discussion: - Maximum size of image file(s): 50k (51,200) bytes - Maximum height of image(s): 125 pixels - Maximum width of image(s): 600 pixels N. Not responding to or ignoring moderator warnings can lead to suspension. O. Activities that are against any games' Terms of Service or the User Agreement are prohibited from being promoted or advertised on our network. This includes, but is not limited to, third party programs, game item sales for real world goods, power leveling services, and/or links to such items. P. Player to player transactions selling in game virtual items for real life currency are prohibited from being promoted or advertised on our network. There are a number of issues that are not so clearly cut. The following issues are acceptable. Q. 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. R. 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. S. All Forums have a main topic. When starting a new thread, make sure you do so in the proper Forum. T. Guild advertisements are to be posted in the appropriate guild related forum(s). 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].