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 Post Posted: Wed Dec 19, 2012 10:42 am 
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In order to avoid any confusion about what people can and can't do on any forums hosted by MMOMagic's here is a more-or-less complete list of the rules. Unless explicitly stated, one should assume that the following rules apply to every forum and thread. Some forums may have additional rules, so check any appropriate "stickies" before you post.

A Note about Respect

We're here to have fun and to share information with each other. With so many different personalities gathered in one place, clashes are bound to happen now and then. But how one conducts oneself during these situations makes all the difference. Don't get us wrong, opinions are valued on the forums, yours and everybody else's. But please remember to respect each other and have discussions and not arguments. If you find yourself disagreeing with another member, think first and then calmly compose your words. Don't be insulting if you happen to disagree with someone, just understand that their views are different than yours. Just really treat each other how you would like to be treated.

You may not use the Citadel of Sorcery (CoS) Forums to:

1. Transmit unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, hateful, racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable content. Profanity filter dodging and filtered words/statements with clear vulgar intent will also be considered outright violations.

2. Post or transmit sexually explicit images, text or other content that is deemed by CoS staff to be offensive.

3. Impersonate any person including, but not limited to, representatives and staff of MMOMagic .

4. Harass, threaten, verbally abuse MMOMagic as an entity along with its staffers, representatives and all registered users through any and all available channels (forums posts, PMs, in-game chat, etc.).

5. SPAM by posting frequent and/or annoying messages in the forums.

Violation of any of the above mentioned rules may be considered grounds for an immediate ban. The severity of the ban will be at the discretion of MMOMagic staff and will range in duration from an initial warning to permanent loss of posting privileges on the CoS Forums. In more extreme circumstances inappropriate forum behavior may also result in permanent suspension of game accounts. Once banned the decision is final and there is no appeal process.

Other rules for posting:

6. No trolling, or flaming.
Any form of personal insult will not be tolerated. General rule of thumb: if you think that what you are about to post is insulting, don't post it.

7. No posting of personal conversations or personal information (from IMs or PMs).
Topics such as these are considered breaches of privacy. Please refrain from posting such items including, but not limited to, email exchanges with GMs, admins, moderators, MMOMagic Customer Service or personal communications with other members.

8. No links to illegal downloads or ill-gotten copyrighted materials.
This applies to MP3s, games, pirated software, movies, books, comic scans, the works.

9. No advertising of any sort.
Posts or threads containing advertisements of any sort will be removed. Users posting such articles will be warned and/or will have their account privileges suspended, revoked, and/or terminated.

10. No power-posting, spamming, bumping and/or flaming.

11. No inappropriate discussion types.
Inappropriate discussion-types include, but are not limited to, the following discussion types: Politics, Religious issues, Abortion debates, etc. Common sense should dictate what is appropriate or not.

12. Keep posts in the appropriate forum.
For example, don't post a topic about Quests in the Races forums.

13. Keep posts on-topic.
Keep the topic in mind when you post. Refrain from posting irrelevant information.

14. No mouthing off at staff.

15. No bandwidth theft.
Every time you link to a picture hosted on someone else's site without their permission, you are stealing their bandwidth. If you want to post an image, download the image and re-upload it to one of the many free hosting sites out there.

16. No representing banned members (in-game and in our forums).
Don't represent any banned individuals. They were banned for a reason. Assisting them in any way or form will lump you in the same boat. This includes posting from your alt to ask about one of your own characters being banned from the forums.

17. No public discussion about disciplinary action administered to members.
If you have any questions regarding rules, disciplinary actions, user bans, or even a thread move, please use the Customer Support Ticketing System or PM function of the board to contact us.

18. Post only in English.
We have to make sure that we can properly moderate and understand the topics being discussed in the various forums. So please, keep everything in English.

19. Graphical & Text Signatures.
If you choose to utilize the signature function (graphical & text) please keep it in good taste. All of the above mentioned rules also applies to your signature. To clarify, please be respectful and avoid any content that can be deemed as questionable (eg - violent, disturbing, obscene, sexual, racist, etc). Also prohibited are signatures with advertorial content. Exceptions to this rule may be made if related to business arrangements with MMOMagic or for CoS Community Fansites. Admins of MMOMagic reserve the right to remove or alter any signatures deemed inappropriate.

20. Forum Bans.
If your forum account is banned for a violation, it is not allowed to continue posting on an alternate forum account for the duration of said ban. Doing so will be considered ban evasion, and the original ban may be extended in response. In severe cases, your (future) in-game account may be suspended as well.

21. No Naming/Shaming/Defaming
Please do not accuse players or guilds of violations while on the CoS forums. If you have something to report, please submit a ticket or utilize the pm function.

We have added some definitions to provide clarity for community members who may be unfamiliar with forum jargon. This should be considered an addendum to the rules posted above.

This will be updated as needed.


Definitions

Hijacking: Taking control of another person's post to forward your own agenda will result in having your posts removed from that thread. Repeated hijackings can result in a ban from the forums.

Necromancy: Any thread over one month (30 days) old may considered to be a dead thread and locked by the MMO Magic staff at their discretion.

Trolling: Attempts to incite others to anger, frustration or similar; also attempts to incite flaming.

All Caps: On the Internet, a word or words in all caps signifies shouting. Titles and threads that are in all caps will be locked, edited or removed at GM/moderator discretion.

Defaming: Anything negative posted about another person, if you have something to report please submit a ticket or send a pm to an Administrator on forum. The forums are not the correct place to report bad behavior.

Off topic: Please do not stray from the topic stated within the body of the thread by its creator. Threads that have gone off that topic will be edited, split or locked. Threads that are posted in the wrong section will be moved. Threads that are created with no purpose other than to spam will be taken off of the forum.

Stickies: Stickies are there to help you. Please read them before you ask a question. It is possible that the answer you seek has already been posted in a sticky thread.

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