Seahawk -> =OOC= The Rules of OOC / Updated 23Apr13 (2/22/2013 23:12:40)
The Rules of OOC
All Universal Forum Rules relating to posting behavior apply!
These should be the first thing you read when you join the forums. They apply everywhere. The more open atmosphere of OOC is not an excuse to ignore them.
Not everything goes
There is a list of topics that are considered inappropriate for the OOC, listed here: http://forums2.battleon.com/f/fb.asp?m=15526168 . They are subject to change if it is deemed necessary. This list is not complete, and topics not listed here may be considered inappropriate on a case by case basis.
No spamming, flaming, or trolling
Contrary to what seems to be popular belief, flaming/spamming/trolling is NOT permitted here. We see plenty of comments made along the lines of "This is the OOC, it's the way things are here." That attitude is unacceptable. Flaming is not okay "because it's OOC," and it's not some "initiation ritual" that everybody has to go through.
No pointless topics (We may be OOC, but that doesn't mean random posts are acceptable)
You're welcome to post about non-AE related topics here... that's the point of OOC. However, topics should still make sense and be interesting. Spam topic such as "I like Pie!" or descriptions of your great thirst for orange juice don't belong here. This extends to "popularity" threads such as How recognizable are you, Who's the coolest OOC member, etc. This is not a contest - the OOC is intended to be merely a forum for topics that are not game-related and nothing more, and that is how it will remain.
Please do not make threads for every single news story that happens. For example, there was a thread about a burglar being arrested because he was taking care of a baby. It's a nice story, but it is not really useful to post in the OOC as it doesn't really inspire discussion which was proven when the thread fell down the page. Please, think before you post a news story, and if you MUST post one, please quote the article text in the first post, and include a few lines of your own thoughts to kick-start the discussion.
Discussion is a must
In order for a topic to stay a viable topic, discussion is a must. Threads that are nothing but post after post of lists, links, etc with no effort at all put into it to discuss what you are posting can cause a thread to be locked. Likewise, merely posting a link in response to someone's topic is not a discussion. Put effort into your posts. The OOC is a discussion forum, so make sure you are actually discussing the topic at hand.
This board is not a bulletin or blog for your personal feelings on any given topic that may crop up; it's all well and good to share your opinions with people, but don't make threads and posts just to complain about something outright because you feel like it. This includes making threads with titles like "This really angers me!" or other such generic things, or going on about how you hate a certain public figure. This also applies to news about anything; if you can't simply state something happened and build up a discussion from there, don't post. Indignation breeds indignation, and the forums hardly need a topic filled with people talking about how they're going to kill/hurt *blank* public figure or company because of something they did. Even this in a joking manner will only be lightly tolerated, at best.
Use this forum for what it was meant for
Polls do not belong in the OOC. There is no place for a randomly generated survey of member opinion.
Entertainment topics including (but not limited to) Music, Movies, Video/Computer Games, etc. all belong in the Entertainment Forum. If an entertainment thread is posted in the general OOC, it will be automatically deleted. A delete notice will be sent.
Forum Games belong in the Unofficial Contests and Games subforum. Games include, but are not limited to, any "<Whatever> the Forum Member above me" or "<Whatever> your fellow Forum members" type threads.
No Advice threads
We are a game forum... We are not "Dear Abby".
1) This is not a place to come and ask for personal help, seek out advice for personal, real life problems, or putting your personal life on display. Getting life advice from complete strangers is generally a bad idea.
2) This includes any tech support threads - the OOC is not qualified to provide any technical assistance.
Do not beg for game upgrades/offer upgraded accounts to others
Begging is rude and spammy, and inevitably results in flames. Begging others to trade accounts with you is not allowed. Offering upgraded accounts to others, while noble, generally also results in spam and flame. If you want to offer to buy someone an upgrade, do it privately. And begging isn't acceptable anywhere.
We have Moderators and AKs for a reason. If you see an issue you think we have missed, please PM one of us and we will handle it.
Responding to spam and flames as a mini-modder just makes it worse; alerting a moderator and not posting is the best way to deal with a problem. Not sure who to contact? Check the Staff list located here.
No duplicate topics
There is no need to have four threads discussing the same topic. When it comes time to make a second thread, do NOT make a new one until the old one is locked. If necessary, PM an active AK or Mod to have the thread taken care of.
Given the nature of the OOC, topics have the ability to sustain themselves for a long time. Sometimes, a topic will go quiet, only to be looked into after a short time. As such, necrobumping will only be an issue if the post in question has no value whatsoever and is done to bring the topic back to the top of the list. If a post is added to a thread that has gone more than 14 days without a response in order to continue intelligent and meaningful conversation, then it will not be a violation of the OOC rules.
Mods and Archknights have the final say in all Rules-related matters
Acceptable behavior is not open to interpretation. If Forum Staff consider it spam, it's spam. Any thread that is considered to be in violation of any of these rules is subject to violation. Further, any thread, post or series of posts that are deemed unnecessary or inappropriate may be removed without notice.
Stay on topic. Any posts (Especially "vs" threads) made simply to spam will be deleted on sight. Same as the "pointless topics" rule mentioned above, really. Note: spammy titles are also off limits; titles should reflect thread content.
Other Handy Rules Resources
Guide to Successful Posting
Forum Rules and Resources board
Universal Forum Rules
Staff and Archknights List