Forum Rules (Pre-2016)

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    Act with Virtue:
    Treat others as you would want to be treated. We are all people united under the same banner, with similar hopes and many different opinions. Show respect for one another, disagree with grace, and offer opinions with humility. And sheath those swords… there are absolutely no personal attacks allowed.

    Speak with Virtue:
    We are a community with many voices, but remember to watch thy tongue when it comes to profanity, racism, religion, slander, threats, or derogatory attacks on other people and/or their ideas. Speak responsibly and post responsibly or ye will find thyself banned*.

    Speak with Clarity and Truth:
    Keep your posts focused and on topic. No one enjoys reading walls of text and a discussion about ethical parables is not the place for a dissertation about your high-school years. Avoid logical fallacies and when replying to posts, be sure that you are responding to the subject at hand.

    Be not a Troll:
    Do not purposefully patronize others or make posts designed to instigate an argument. Our goal is to create a great community for a great game, not to pummel each other with virtual sticks and stones.

    Badger Not thy Kingdom:
    Harassment or bullying of any type is not welcome in this community. We are here to encourage a collaborative spirit, not to shut it down by repeatedly invalidating others opinions or feedback. Consistently strong-arming others into the same discussion, or repeatedly posting the same ideas/opinions in multiple threads/forums also falls under this category and should be avoided.

    Spam not thy Kingdom:
    Do not post unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, promotional materials or any other form of solicitation. Likewise, keep posts on topic and in the proper forums, and avoid making duplicate posts on topics that already have an active thread. Also, please keep the self-promotion of guilds, websites in the Town Hall section of the forums and the pledge sales in the Player Marketplace.

    Participate in thy Kingdom:
    Lord British wants to hear from you! We want Shroud of the Avatar to be a truly collaborative effort, so please share your ideas! Sometimes great ideas are born in the most innocuous comment or suggestion, so be sure to add your voice to the conversation. But in order to tame thy foul beast of clutter, please use thy holy hand gra... I mean, thy search feature to check if thou community hast started another thread on thy topic.
    Please feel free to report any community violations at Community@portalarium.com.

    Chat and Forum Use Policy:
    • All Forum Rules apply to the SotA Chatroom.
    • No usernames/avatars based on ethnic/racial slurs, derogatory/discriminatory statements, profanity, or sexually explicit terminology.
    • No usernames/avatars/signatures that infringe copy-write or violate local law.
    • Anything that violates the above rules will be addressed by an administrator and can result in being banned* from the forums and/or chat-room.
    Forum Signature/Avatar Requirements:
    • No Signature/Avatar Image can include images/text that contain ethnic/racial slurs, derogatory/discriminatory statements, profanity, mature or sexually explicit content.
    • All Signatures must be NO larger then 750 pixels wide x 150 pixels high.
    • Signatures/Avatar Images must be in JPG format. NO animated GIFs please.
    • Signatures may include ONE or TWO hyperlinks to a post on the SotA forums, a SotA fansite, or a SotA guild website only.
    • All Signatures/Avatar Images are subject to approval and may be removed at the Community Managers discretion. Repeated violation of the signature requirements will result in the user account being prohibited from displaying signatures. Please see my Signature below for an appropriate example.
    *WARNING AND BANNING PROCEDURE
    Below you will find some of the reasons that can be cause for warning or banning.

    You may be warned for:
    • Inappropriate Language
    • Inflammatory or Combative Behavior
    • Personal Attacks
    • Adult Content
    • Solicitations
    • Spam
    You may be banned for (temporarily or permanently):
    • Three Warnings
    • Threats of Litigation
    • Privacy Violation
    Anything listed in the category of “Warnings” may result in an immediate ban if the situation is egregious enough; the breakdown above is meant as a general illustration of our stance.

    The application of these are at the discretion of Portalarium management, employees, and moderators. All bans are reviewed by Portalarium management.

    Our Promise to Thy Kingdom:
     
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    In regards to the increasing personal attacks I am seeing in the forums...
    As an open reminder to everyone because I have heard this argument *points up* over and over lately... personal attacks against other member or their ideas are not tolerated on this forum irregardless if you feel you have a "legitimate" excuse to do so. There is no "legitimate" excuse. The forum rules state:

    Act with Virtue:
    Treat others as you would want to be treated. We are all people united under the same banner, with similar hopes and many different opinions. Show respect for one another, disagree with grace, and offer opinions with humility. And sheath those swords… there are absolutely no personal attacks allowed.​

    Speak with Virtue:
    We are a community with many voices, but remember to watch thy tongue when it comes to profanity, racism, religion, or derogatory attacks on other people and/or their ideas. Speak responsibly and post responsibly or ye will find thyself banned.​

    Speak with Clarity and Truth:
    Keep your posts focused and on topic. No one enjoys reading walls of text and a discussion about ethical parables is not the place for a dissertation about your high-school years. Also, please keep the self-promotion of guilds, websites in the Town Hall section of the forums.​

    Notice that debating and idea is fine, as is disagreeing on a point, or even having "negative" constructive criticism. However, I am seeing a great deal of personal attacks popping up and have had to issue way too many warning for this behavior in the past few weeks. Please me mindful of ALL of the forums rules when posting. Thank you.
     
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    Two changes were made to the forum rules today, along with some slight reorganization. The following rule was added, and the final sentence was moved to it from the Spam rule:

    Badger Not thy Kingdom:
    Harassment or bullying of any type is not welcome in this community. We are here to encourage a collaborative spirit, not to shut it down by repeatedly invalidating others opinions or feedback. Consistently strong-arming others into the same discussion, or repeatedly posting the same ideas/opinions in multiple threads/forums also falls under this category and should be avoided.

    Also, the number of links one is allowed to have in a Forum Signature was increased to ONE or TWO.
     
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    2/27/2015 ~ Signature Rules edited to update some specifications which apply to Avatar Images.
     
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