Forum Rules

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by Amy Steele, Jun 19, 2014.

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  1. Amy Steele

    Amy Steele FoE Team Forum Administrator

    Forum Rules

    Language

    English only. Please limit other languages to well known quotes or provide a correct translation.
    Anything deemed politically extreme, pornographic, illegal, or unsavory in any way is prohibited.
    Racist or ethnic bashing comments are forbidden even if used in jest.
    Comments that play down the use of illegal drugs or promote the use of said substances are strictly forbidden.
    No use of profanity will be permitted (including masked profanity). If it's something a moderator feels is inappropriate, it will be edited.

    General

    - Treat each other with respect and remain polite. You are able to use tactics to prove your in-game opponents in the world forums.
    - Personal insults are not allowed anywhere in this forum, including reputation and private messages.
    - Users are not allowed to impersonate moderators.
    - Spam and off topic comments will be deleted. This includes comments such as "in before lock" and one word posts. If you wish to let the poster know you approve or disapprove of their post, please use the reputation system.
    - Do not attempt to provoke the moderators. This action will be punished harshly.
    - Players who deliberately act against the building of the community will be denied access to these forums.
    - Do not use copyrighted materials of any kind in your posts.
    - It is not allowed to rebuke another user concerning his grammar/spelling. If the grammar/spelling of a user is that bad, report the post.
    - Do not include lots of unnecessary quotations.
    - It is permitted to discuss other FoE servers, but please bear in mind that they are separate entities, and what goes for one may not necessarily go for another. There are some exceptions to this rule:
    • Just as it is not permitted to discuss the actions of moderators from this server, It is also not permitted to discuss the actions of moderators from other FoE servers here. To do so serves no purpose whatsoever, as the support teams are also entirely separate from one another. If you have a problem with the moderation team on another server, please raise a ticket on that server.
    • It is also not permitted to release any information that has not yet been officially announced, whether here or on the server to which it relates. Please leave it to the respective Community Managers to make such announcements.
    • Please do not post information about events being tested on beta ahead of the event being announced here. This includes, but is not limited to, details of specific quests. Once the event is announced here, it may of course also be discussed here. However, since not all players like to know in advance what quests are coming up, should you post such information, please enclose it in spoiler tags
    - To report the breaching of rules by another player in the forum please use the report button - you will find a clickable 'Report' text to the left of their post.


    Images

    - Maximum size images you are allowed to post are 640 by 640 pixels in dimension.
    - No animated images are allowed.


    Topics

    - Please ensure you are creating topics in the right forum.
    - Avoid repetition of topics. If you post a repeat topic, please alert a moderator!
    - Please choose appropriate topic titles. A bad example would be "Help!" or "Question".

    Advertising

    - Topics and/or posts that are created solely for the purpose of advertising other websites without connection to Forge of Empires or InnoGames GmbH are forbidden.
    - "Referrer-ID's" and thief-game-links are particularly unwanted. Discussions relating to other non-browser games are allowed.

    Signatures and Avatars

    - Avatars can be 80 x 80 pixels.
    - Signatures must be a maximum of 140 pixels high, and 700 pixels wide. This also includes any lines of text added to the side or underneath the signature.
    - They both must comply with all other rules.
    - They may not be animated


    Moderation

    The Moderators (mods) are volunteers recruited by the Admins and Community Manager. They come in Three Forms, and you can tell which is which by their title and the color of their banner:

    Forum Moderator : Only have rights in the specific forums they Moderate, nowhere else. They will moderate fairly and will answer any questions you have that they are able to.

    In Game Moderator : Not related to forum moderation in any way.

    Senior Forum Moderator & Senior Ingame Moderator: Overseers of the Forum and In game Moderators, these people are the ones to go to if you have a problem with any of the forum or in game level moderation or if you have any questions on moderation in general.

    If you have a problem with the moderation of any subforum or the forum in general, please do not create a topic or post in public about it. Contact a moderator with your problem and we will either explain the reasons or do our best to solve the problem should one exist. Creating topics and posting about it only serves to increase public unrest and will not solve any problems.

    If you wish to create a topic regarding moderation, please contact the relevant Mod first.

    We allow no discussion (this includes instigating discussion, by mentioning specific bans or moderating actions) of Ingame Moderation (or bans or cheating) in the forums.

    The mods have a very tough job: it can be hard to keep the balance between a clean forum and a fun forum on a daily basis, and they also receive a lot of negative comments and abuse regularly. We would ask that you remain patient with all moderators and that you would be helpful and polite when talking to them; this will make their job that much easier, and in turn make the forum a more pleasant place.

    Please note that most moderators still play FoE! They have as much a right to post in the capacity of a player as any other user on the forums: No mod will ever mod the worlds that they play, and thus there is no element of Bias involved. Remember that they are volunteers, and are players just like you. This means that outside their realm as a moderator, they are to be treated as you would treat any other player.

    Individually judging each possible infraction and acting accordingly is at the sole discretion of the FoE Team.


    Guidelines for the forum

    - If you have a query or problem with any of the moderation, do not create a topic about it. Please PM an admin of the forum. [found HERE].
    - If you wish to create a topic regarding moderation, please contact the relevant moderator first.
    - Do not insult or degrade any of the moderators in any way. Treat them as you would a normal player - remember they play FoE too!
    - The moderators have the right to edit or delete posts and close topics. Please follow their instructions.
    - If you notice that your post or topic was deleted, it has been removed for a good reason. Do not rewrite it. If need be, PM the moderator in question about why it was removed.


    Punishments

    - When you breach a rule, you will receive a warning. After this initial warning, infractions will be handed out.
    In some extreme circumstances, the warning will not be given.
    - If you are banned from the forum, you are not allowed to create an account to evade this ban. Doing so will result in a month added to your ban, and the ban evade account permanently banned.
    - Arguing against the Forge of Empires team who uphold these rules will be punished and topics that seek to create or worsen existing problems will be deleted.
    Repeated violations may result in probation or permanent removal from the forums.
    Please note that we reserve the right to ban or infract players even if they haven't violated the stated forum rules.


    Other

    Private messages

    - Conversations, discussions and arguments between two people should be done in private. Please use the private message system in this forum or other applications (e.g. IRC, skype, ...)
    - Do not harass other people through use of private messages. Repeatedly spamming private messages for personal gain or to irritate other users will result in infractions. All forum rules also apply to private messages unless stated otherwise.
    - It is not allowed to impose derogations upon the company of Innogames, nor any of its products or personnel. This forum is the property of Innogames GMBH., all rights reserved.



    Discussion about Rule-Breaking

    To report the breaching of rules by another player In Game please use the support system. Do not open complaint topics in the forum. Any reference to IG (In Game) Bans, Ban discussion (forum or IG) or cheating is forbidden. Please note that this includes advertising cheating (i.e, offering premium points for services ingame). The Forge of Empires Team will act with discretion in all situations. This is to maintain the privacy that stands between Moderators and Players, and we expect that privacy to be upheld by players also. This applies to Forum Moderation as well as IG Moderation.

    Please be aware that the rules are subject to change
     
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2017 at 6:40 PM

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