I had hoped I would never have to write this post, but alas, that was not in the cards. I have noticed a drastic change in tone on the forums due to a handful of users, several of which have received warnings and an unfortunate few that have received temporary bans. So I wanted to address this now, with full disclosure, so there will be no questions of my, and the Developers, intents for this community. This community is one of fellowship. Where passionate, creative gamers can gather to share ideas, offer feedback, and rejoice in the creation of Shroud of the Avatar. It is a place where you, the players, can take part, in an unprecedented level, in the game's development, forging this new world alongside the Devs in what I believe will be a historic journey. It is not a place where bickering and bullying will be allowed to run rampant. There is no room for ultimatums and demands in place of creativity and collaboration. As such, and after pondering the appropriateness of the "Demand" posts for a week, I have decided that their tone has no place on these forums, and they have been removed. Because there were some good ideas nestled in them, they have been moved off the main forums to an archive where the Developers may view them if they wish. Any new posts with similar tones will likewise be removed. As for concerns about censorship and freedom of speech, your participation in these forums is a privilege, not a liberty. Your participation is contingent to following the forum rules and may be revoked at any time. I understand that you are passionate about your ideas and that sometimes that passion can lead to a volatile response, but I will not allow a few combative players to try and impose themselves and their ideas on everyone because they feel it is their right to do so. And yes, that goes for everyone, no matter your play style. I have had to warn both PVE and PVP players alike. I believe in Shroud of the Avatar, I believe in Richard's vision, and I believe in THIS COMMUNITY and I will fight to keep these forums a place where EVERYONE can express their ideas without feeling attacked, where all opinions can be heard without judgement being passed on the speaker, and where creativity and collaboration can flourish. I will finish be posting the Forum Rules here again, for you to review. Please note that I have edited the definition of "Spam" to be more specific to some of the recurring issues that have evolved. <hr> 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. 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. 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. Consistently strong-arming others into the same discussion, or repeatedly posting the same ideas/opinions in multiple threads/forums may also be considered spamming and should be avoided. 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.