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Seahawk -> =OOC= The Rules of OOC (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. Remember that the OOC, like the rest of the forums, is PG.

  • 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.

  • No ranting
    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.

  • No mini-modding
    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.

  • Necrobumping
    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.

  • No spam!
    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
  • Signature Limits
  • Forum Rules and Resources board
  • Universal Forum Rules
  • Staff and Archknights List

  • Circe -> RE: =OOC= The Rules of OOC (10/4/2011 13:37:29)

    Prohibited Topics

    The following discussion topics will not be allowed in the OOC:

    • Abortion
    • Topics on sexual conduct/News threads about sexual deviancy
    • Religion topics (especially those pitting two different beliefs against one another, or insulting that particular religion) Evolution is umbrella'd by this topic, not because it is religious, but that religion is involved. Special permission may be sought by PMing Eukara Vox.
    • Torture and whether it is justified (especially in the context of the War on Terror.)
    • Israel V Palestine.
    • Westboro Church related articles and discussion.

    These topics are not only far beyond the scope and perspective of the average poster here in terms of life experience and age, but also have a long history of degrading into highly emotionally charged flame wars and rants due to their touchy subject matter. Whether or not the people in the thread can handle them is not the question, it's that through common sense and past history that they no longer have a place on these forums.

    Probationary Topics

    The following discussion topics are to be considered on ongoing probation:

    • Death Penalty
    • Drug Use and Legality
    • PETA topics
    • Gun control threads
    • Gay Marriage/Homosexuality

    All of these topics are within the scope of the age range of the forum members(Mostly), but they are considered on probation due to ease of which they can descend past the PG-13 atmosphere and cause flame wars. Those topics will be allowed, but any inappropriate conduct in them will result in the normal punishments that come with such and a possible move onto th above list of disallowed topics, which will last as long as the forums Mods and Admins see fit.

    (These lists are more than subject to change and are not definitive)

    Circe -> RE: <b>=OOC= The Rules of OOC</b> (5/3/2009 17:30:06)

    If an issue arises within the OOC (be it clarification of the rules, an issue with a specific user, or reporting rule violations), the following is a list of individuals to contact. If you wish to report threads in violation of the rules, you may contact any OOC ArchKnight or the forum's head moderator. If you have an issue with an OOC ArchKnight, please contact the head moderator. If your issue is with the moderating staff, please contact [image]http://forums2.battleon.com/f/image/pm.gif[/image] Scakk and/or [image]http://forums2.battleon.com/f/image/pm.gif[/image] Stratos.

    OOC Head Moderator:
  • [img]http://forums2.battleon.com/f/image/pm.gif[/img] Corvus Corax

    OOC Moderators
  • [image]http://forums2.battleon.com/f/image/pm.gif[/image] Eukara Vox
  • [image]http://forums2.battleon.com/f/image/pm.gif[/image] Kamui

    OOC Archknights List:

  • [img]http://forums2.battleon.com/f/image/pm.gif[/img] draketh99
  • [image]http://forums2.battleon.com/f/image/pm.gif[/image] Memory of a Nightmare
  • [image]http://forums2.battleon.com/f/image/pm.gif[/image] toidiedud
  • [image]http://forums2.battleon.com/f/image/pm.gif[/image] Travis Touchdown

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