[Closed] SoW Rules & Guidelines (01/15/2019)
Rule 0: The mission statement of this forum is "Keep the forums friendly and welcoming to as wide a range of gamers as possible." This principle guides all moderation. To the extent that the letter of the rules conflicts with the mission statement, the mission statement takes priority. The moderators may engage in moderation when necessary that is not based on the text of the following rules in order to keep the forums friendly and welcoming. Adherence to the letter of the following rules or “being right” is no excuse if your participation is destructive.
Rule 1: Don’t break the peace of the forum or otherwise sabotage the forum/its mission as stated in Rule 0. Some examples: Trolling, edition warring, personal attacking or group attacking other users, revenge fantasies. Racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic posts will not be tolerated.
If you see a post that is a problem, report it instead of responding to it. The Report function should not be used to complain about official mod actions; use the @seedsofwars.com">admin email. The Report function is in the lower-right part of the post and it will send an email to the moderation staff.
When reporting a post, please say why it's a problem and give any necessary context and/or quote the post itself, so that a mod who hasn't been following the thread can understand what's going on.
Rule 2: Your posts should contribute to appropriate discussion. Post in the appropriate forum. Do not post on the current banned topics. Do not make posts empty of content; particularly, the Original Post (OP) of each thread should include some basis for discussion. Do not post or link to pornography or any form of inappropriately explicit sexual content.
Rule 3: Do not post anything illegal under U.S. law, or encourage others to break U.S. laws or the laws of their country of residence. Our board values the time, energy, and skill of the people who create the games we love and we believe they should be compensated. Do not advocate for piracy or provide links to pirated materials.
Rule 4: Respect the privacy of your fellow gamers. Do not post emails or private messages without explicit written permission of all those involved. Do not use any posts or part of posts from these forums for commercial purposes without the express permission of each person involved. “Doxxing” anyone is cause for an immediate permanent ban.
Rule 5: Do not share your account with anyone, as you will be held responsible for all posts made by your account. Sockpuppets (the same person having multiple accounts) are allowed with moderator permission. If you have been banned, you are not allowed to make a new account - use the appeal process instead. Making a sockpuppet to evade a ban is grounds for an immediate permanent ban, and appeals are usually not granted in such cases.
Values/Rules & Off-Site Conduct: We draw a distinction between our site’s values and rules. We infract based on rules violations if they occur on our site. If you are an alt-right racist, self-identified incel, white supremacist, Nazi, sexual predator, stalker, doxxer, or otherwise demonstrate offsite that you hold values incompatible with the SoW community, and we can identify you to a reasonable degree of certainty, we will ban you from SoW as based on the fact that you posting to SoW is a violation of our values.
How to Interact With Moderators and Moderator Decisions: The Moderators are a group of volunteers who are empowered to curate the forums as they see fit. The existence of a body of rules should not be read to mean that they must, or can only, act within the bounds of those rules. The Mods can do what they feel is necessary in their best judgment to promote the well-being of the forums. When posting in normal text, they are like any other user, and should be treated like any other user. When they post in colored text-boxes, they are acting as moderators.
- Failure to follow moderator instructions, breaking the rules, being a bad fit or bad citizen of the forum can result in suspension or permanent banning of user accounts. Don’t PM a moderator about red textboxes or infractions they have issued. Don’t reply to red textboxes in-thread. Questions about policies or technical issues go to Trouble Tickets. Appeals or complaints about moderation go to the @seedsofwars.com">admin email. Do not use the Report Function to complain about official mod actions; use the admin email.
- If there is an administrative thing that you'd like to have done (edit your thread title, move a thread to the different forum, something like that) you can report the relevant post. Make sure to explain what you're asking the mods to do, and why.
- If your question about the rules emerges from red text or an infraction you have just received, it almost certainly should be sent to the admin email. Admin time is limited - your appeal, question, or concern should be stated shortly and plainly. We will ignore wall-of-text emails to the admin without compunction. Admin response times can be lengthy - it generally isn’t worth your time to appeal short suspensions or thread bans. Things are likely to have moved on by the time we get to it.
Administrators and Moderators
The admins are a subset of the moderator staff, with additional software privileges and authority. It is their responsibility to review moderator actions, including processing appeals against infractions and ensuring moderators have acted appropriately.
Administrators are still moderators and perform moderation duties as normal. An appeal against an infraction given by one administrator will be handled by the others.
The current staff are: