In short, all these rules come down to one thing: common sense. So if you are in doubt to whether something is or isn’t against the rules, just think sensibly.
The rules below are not listed in any order, as it is not what the offense was that matters when mods decide the severity of the penalty issued, but how the rule was broken: both posting an idea in the bugs forum and posting trusted user content in a public forum fall into the category of posting topics in wrong sections, but the latter clearly has far worse implications that the former.
Without further adieu, the rules:
- No users less than 13 years old. This is a legal requirement.
- No flaming. That is, any hostile interactions with other users.
- No advertising unless allowed. Advertising is prohibited in all forum, unless there’s specific rules in the forum expressly permitting it. Whenever the subform allows it, there will be specific guidelines stating how it should be done.
- No excessive use of profanity. We believe that the users in these forums are mature enough to know the difference between using profanity senselessly or to insult, and using profanity for emphasis or humour. Nonetheless, be warned: there is a fine line between the two, and what you may consider humour, may be considered an insult by others, including a moderator.
- No asking for privileges (e.g.: asking to be a moderator, or be put into the Trusted user group). Asking to be given any privileges, be it through the forums or through private messaging, is prohibited. Why you ask? Well, if you ask for privileges, it means that either you have not read the rules, or you are ignoring them. Thus, you do not qualify for the privilege you are requesting.
- No duplicate accounts. If you have been banned from the forums on your main account, post an appropriate topic on the ban appeals forum which will become visible to you, and post a topic explaining why you believe the ban should be lifted, or reduced. We don’t ban users so that they create new accounts to use the forums.
- No illegal content. This includes cyber bullying, racism, misogyny, pornography and copyrighted material you do not own.
- No backseat moderating. We regard backseat moderating as any indication that a user is taking it as his duty to assert these rules. Doing so is regarded as preposterous, and will only anger the moderator of the section. If you want to help a moderator, you should flag the post. Users that make a habit of doing this are on the road to being selected as moderators in the future.
- No spamming. This includes double posting, which is when you reply two (or more) times in a row in the same thread without giving enough time (~2 hours) between posts, repeated “bumping” of the same topic, repeatedly creating a threads in wrong sections, and replying off-topic
If you break a rule, a moderator will decide on the severity of penalty you receive. The moderator will have access to previous warnings issued to you and may take those into account in the process. As with any human being, moderators are biased, so it is a generally good idea to keep a good relationship with the forum moderators, as they may help
If you have been banned from the forums on your main account, post an appropriate topic on the ban appeals forum which will become visible to you, and post a topic explaining why you believe the ban should be lifted, or reduced.
If you have any questions about the rules, don’t message a mod: post them in the help section of the forum, as it may help someone else in the future.
You may also want to read our guide on How to become Trusted, a Sponsor, a Mod and more!