Forums Rules and Guidelines. READ THIS.

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    1. General Forum Rules
    2. Forum Behavior Rules
    3. Signature Rules
    4. Policing Rules
    5. Forum Moderation Information
    6. Private Messaging Rules
    7. Forum Post Guidelines

    Section 1 - General Forum Rules

    1a.) Use the search function before posting, as your question may have already been answered.

    1b.) Make sure you are posting in the correct forum before you post. Read other threads in the section get to know it.

    1c.) Do not post just to increase your number of posts. If you have nothing to say on a certain matter then don't post. The number of posts on this board has no direct relation to the experience of a member.

    1d.)
    Replies with only one smiley or anything like this are not allowed and will lead to a warning.

    1e.) Spam and Advertising are not permitted. A suspension from the forums may be issued if found to be doing so.



    Section 2 - Forum Behavior Rules

    2a.) Do not insult any other communities, keep your opinion for yourself to prevent unnecessary flame wars.

    2b.) You are allowed to state your opinion about GG, even if it's negative. Please make sure your opinion is based on arguments and is not just spreading hate, because that will result in a warning/ban.

    2c.) Do not state your opinion about the community randomly in threads, this is unnecessary and off-topic and may lead to a warning being issued.

    2d.) Do not insult forum members or staff members. If you do so, you may face a forum warning or suspension.

    2e.) Listen to staff decisions on the forums, even if you do not agree. If you fail to do so, you may face a forum warning or suspension.

    2f.) Anti-Staff behavior is not tolerated. Any form of repetitive staff disrespect will result in a forum warning or possible suspension.

    2g.) Trolling is not permitted in certain forum sections.



    Section 3 - Signature Rules

    3a.) Text sizes should not be stupid.

    3b.) Do not add fake forum/staff ranks to your signature.

    3c.) If you paste steamlogs or have a screenshot from a steam chat in your signature, you need to have permission from the person(s) that are chatting with you.

    3d.) Do not post any offensive material (text/images) in your signature. Depending on the severity, you may face a forum warning or suspension.

    3e.) Do not edit another user's signature with the intent to claim it as your own.



    Section 4 - Policing Rules

    4a.) Our forum utilized a warning system, and users will be warned until their warning level is increased to 100%. Once they have reached that percentage, a temporary ban will be put in place for a duration that may be between 1 to 7 days.

    4b.) Arguing (in a form of flaming) with moderators after having received a warning will lead to an immediate additional warning.

    4c.) Users who feel they have been unfairly warned are welcome to contact the administrators. Make sure to explain with proper arguments why you think the warning was not fair.

    4d.) Any attempt to circumvent a temporary ban or other administrative action will lead to a permanent ban of your account(s). Circumvention includes re-registering or using an already registered account under a non-banned username. Other examples include changing IP addresses, using a new email account or other action that can be taken to evade administrative action to hide your identity as the owner of the sanctioned account.

    4e.) An exception to the warning rule applies when users contact team members personally (via any method) and post insulting, indecent or vulgar material. Such users may be subject to an immediate permanent ban.

    4f.) Permanent bans are a last resort and thought is given before implementing them. While the Forum staff may consider lifting permanent bans from time to time, this is a rare occurrence.

    4g.) Spam is not tolerated here under any circumstance. This includes offering hosting services (charged and free), installation services, solicitation etc. recruiting members for your own projects (moderators, designers, professional MOD work, etc.) is not permitted and is also considered spam. Users posting spam will be banned and their post removed.

    4h.) Necroing or reviving a post older then 2 months old without enough reason will warrant a 3 day ban from forums depending on the posting done.


    Section 5 - Forum Moderation Information

    5a.) The administrators reserve the right to edit, remove or put on moderation queue any post at any time. The determination of what is construed as indecent, vulgar, spam, etc. as noted in these points is up to administrators and not users.

    5b.)
    The administrators have the right to close a thread if found to be violating any forums or if it is deemed necessary to prevent an unnecessary flaming.

    5c.)
    If you do not agree with a forum warning issued, please dispute it with the administrator that issued it within 24 hours.



    Section 6 - Private Messaging Rules

    6a.) Do not use Private Messaging to contact staff members regarding Ban/Blacklist related issues. Please post in the appropriate forum.

    6b.) Do not use Private Messaging to contact staff members requiring help, please post in the appropriate Help & Support forum and await for a response there.

    6c.) Do not use Private Messaging to post disrespectful/offensive text or images to forum members or staff members.

    6d.) Do not use Private Messaging to spam. Doing so may lead to a forum warning or suspension.



    Section 7 - Forum Post Guidelines

    7a.) Posts are to be made in the relevant forum. Users are asked to read the forum descriptions before posting. Users consistently posting to the wrong forum may be given a warning.

    7b.) Some forum sections contain their own set of rules that must be followed. Make sure to read them before posting or you may find yourself being issued a forum warning or suspension.

    7c.) Do not Backseat Administrator on the forums. If members find a post/thread that is against the rules, use the Post Report feature to report posts. Do not respond to such topics yourself. Those who constantly "act" as forum administrators will be warned or banned.

    7d.) Members should post in a way that is respectful of other users. Flaming or abusing users in any way will not be tolerated and will lead to a ban.

    7e.) Members should remember this board is aimed at a general audience. Posting pornographic or generally offensive text, images, links, etc. will not be tolerated and will lead to a warning.

    7f.) Members are asked to respect the copyright of other users, sites, media, etc. Users linking to or asking for information on warez, crackz, etc. or re-printing material without permission will receive a warning and their post will be removed.

    7g.)
    Members should respect the bandwidth of other users and sites. If you have high-resolution photos, makes links of them instead of using the tags.
     
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