Please treat this discussion forum with the same respect you would a public park. We, too, are a shared community resource — a place to share skills, knowledge and interests through ongoing conversation.
These are not hard and fast rules, merely aids to the human judgment of our community. Use these guidelines to keep this a clean, well-lighted place for civilized public discourse.
Help us make this a great place for discussion by always working to improve the discussion in some way, however small. If you are not sure your post adds to the conversation, think over what you want to say and try again later.
The topics discussed here matter to us, and we want you to act as if they matter to you, too. Be respectful of the topics and the people discussing them, even if you disagree with some of what is being said.
One way to improve the discussion is by discovering ones that are already happening. Please spend some time browsing the topics here before replying or starting your own, and you’ll have a better chance of meeting others who share your interests.
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You may wish to respond to something by disagreeing with it. That’s fine. But, remember to criticize ideas, not people. Please avoid:
- Ad hominem attacks.
- Responding to a post’s tone instead of its actual content.
- Knee-jerk contradiction.
Instead, provide reasoned counter-arguments that improve the conversation.
The conversations we have here set the tone for everyone. Help us influence the future of this community by choosing to engage in discussions that make this forum an interesting place to be — and avoiding those that do not.
Discourse provides tools that enable the community to collectively identify the best (and worst) contributions: favorites, bookmarks, likes, flags, replies, edits, and so forth. Use these tools to improve your own experience, and everyone else’s, too.
Let’s try to leave our park better than we found it.
Moderators have special authority; they are responsible for this forum. But so are you. With your help, moderators can be community facilitators, not just janitors or police.
When you see bad behavior, don’t reply. It encourages the bad behavior by acknowledging it, consumes your energy, and wastes everyone’s time. Just flag it. If enough flags accrue, action will be taken, either automatically or by moderator intervention.
In order to maintain our community, moderators reserve the right to remove any content and any user account for any reason at any time. Moderators do not preview new posts in any way; the moderators and site operators take no responsibility for any content posted by the community.
Nothing sabotages a healthy conversation like rudeness:
- Be civil. Don’t post anything that a reasonable person would consider offensive, abusive, or hate speech.
- Keep it clean. Don’t post anything obscene or sexually explicit.
- Respect each other. Don’t harass or grief anyone, impersonate people, or expose their private information.
- Respect our forum. Don’t post spam or otherwise vandalize the forum.
These are not concrete terms with precise definitions — avoid even the appearance of any of these things. If you’re unsure, ask yourself how you would feel if your post was featured on the front page of the New York Times.
An outline of what the staff moderating this forum would consider unacceptable is posted below, broken down into categories. These categories also encompass nicknames, avatars, and/or links to websites that violate these rules -- however they are not an exhaustive list of behaviors that could result in a warning, suspension, or ban.
- Promoting hatred based on race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation
- Using slurs related to race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation
- Alluding to a symbol of hatred based on race, ethnicity, gener, or sexual orientation
- Insultingly referring to any aspect of sexual orientation
Harassment takes many forms, and is not necessarily limited to the type of language used, but the intent. Repeatedly targeting a specific player with harassment will not be tolerated.
- Insultingly referring to characters, players, Ready At Dawn developers, or groups of people
- Harassing other players, Ready At Dawn developers, or groups of people
- Referring to extreme and/or violent sexual acts
- Referring to extremely violent real life situations
- Referring to or threatening violence in any capacity that is not directly related to the Deformers game world, especially when directed at another person
- Releasing any real-life information about other players or Ready At Dawn developers
- Excessively communicating the same phrase, similar phrases, or pure gibberish
- Posting repeatedly with the sole purpose of causing unrest or disrupting the flow of conversation
- Causing disturbances in topics or PMs, such as picking fights, insulting other members
- Inappropriate references to human anatomy or bodily functions
- References that are pornographic in nature
- Inappropriate references to human anatomy or bodily functions
- Messages that are otherwise considered objectionable
- Attempting to or bypassing the system's inappropriate language list
- Posting any non-beneficial, non-Deformers or Ready At Dawn related business, organizations, Discord servers, or websites
- Note: Bringing up other titles, games, or franchises in a relevant way (such as using it as an example in a discussion) is perfectly appropriate and encouraged. It's just the un-prompted advertising/spam of it that we'd like to steer clear of.
- Posting on another account
- Having another member post on your behalf
If you have any questions or concerns regarding disciplinary actions, please privately message a moderator. Please note that moderators are unable to discuss disciplinary actions taken against players other than yourself. Continued requests for information about another player's account may lead to disciplinary action against your own account.
Make the effort to put things in the right place, so that we can spend more time discussing and less cleaning up. So:
- Don’t start a topic in the wrong category.
- Don’t cross-post the same thing in multiple topics.
- Don’t post no-content replies.
- Don’t divert a topic by changing it midstream.
- Don’t sign your posts — every post has your profile information attached to it.
Rather than posting “+1” or “Agreed”, use the Like button. Rather than taking an existing topic in a radically different direction, use Reply as a Linked Topic.
You may not post anything digital that belongs to someone else without permission. You may not post descriptions of, links to, or methods for stealing someone’s intellectual property (software, video, audio, images), or for breaking any other law.
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