40k Online Rules and Netiquette

Started by Mr.Peanut (Turtleproof), April 15, 2012, 11:33:04 AM

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Mr.Peanut (Turtleproof)

We ask that you respect our board rules by adhering to the following guidelines:

1- Do not share, trade, or distribute in any manner here, any copyright material, without the express written consent of the owner.
Games Workshop's Intellectual Property (IP) Policy
What you can and cannot do with Games Workshop Intellectual Property
To clarify: This includes posting statlines, pointcosts and such found in the codex that you are using. Totals for a unit is ok, but cost per model, upgrade, weapon or such is not ok.

2- Spam is not tolerated on this site.  Spam is any post that does not add something constructive to the topic at hand, and often takes the form of a one-line reply.  Excessive use of smilies is a form of spamming, and will be treated as such.

3- Do not share your account or password to this site with anyone- even spouses, siblings, friends, et cetera. Membership accounts are free and, as such, every contributing member may have a single account.

4- In an attempt to keep this site safe and enjoyable for everyone, there are a few rules here that we'd like you all to respect and keep in mind:
  a) Please do not use racist slurs, prejudiced comments, or derogatory statements.

  b) The forum software automatically censors certain profane words; evading the autocensor by using punctuation marks or purposefully misspelling words is considered an offense (as with posting an image macro with profanity, since it cannot be filtered at the viewer's preference).  Those wishing to view profanity posted to the boards in all its glory may disable the autocensor by clicking User CP, then Look and Layout.  Check the box, "Leave words uncensored."  Using profanity in of itself is not against the rules.

  c) Do not initiate arguments of a personal nature, be courteous, do not flame others.  You may argue and debate, but must remain courteous even if you believe he is full of it.  This place is to help others, and to reach out for help, let's keep it that way.
  Additional rules for a civil discusssion 

  d) Please put a warning on all material (or links to) that could upset other members.

  e) Do not dig up old threads unless it is a Sticky thread or you have something profound to add to the discussion.  Consider that some of the active boards move more quickly than others, and would be more disrupted by digging up old threads; also consider that the purpose of some threads may be served more quickly than others. The key thing is that you should be contributing in an important fashion to the thread or re-triggering discussion for an important reason.  If your post does not fit either of those categories, then avoid posting in a thread if, as a rule of thumb, the thread is around a fortnight or more dead or it has left the front page of the board.

  f)Post a new topic only in one place; cross-posting will not be tolerated.

  g)No thread bumping.  Everyone deserves to have their armylist read and given feedback, but it is a busy forum and that does not always happen.  Bumping your own thread or others hijacks frontpage time from active threads.

  h)Do not hijack threads or make off-topic replies.  If you have something you wish to say that is not related to the topic being discussed, make a new thread if the topic is substantial enough.

  i)Using the Edit button to remove a note made by a staff member is prohibited, as is undoing an action by a staff member (such as unlocking a locked thread).  If you feel a staff member is out of line, use the Report To Moderator button to alert higher-ups (every member is subject to the same rules).

5- Members that do not follow these rules will be issued a warning and have the offending post removed. Continual disrespect for our rules will result in that account being banned. Keep in mind that your activity on this board is monitored. If you are unsure about making a certain post, or activity on this board, please discuss it first with a Staff Member (Staff Members include Moderators, Global Moderators, and Administrators).  Do not take matters into your own hands and comment on others' behaviors, use the Report to moderator button instead.

6- No unauthorized advertisement. You must contact an Administrator for permission to advertise a website other than 40kOnline.  Putting a link and/or banner ad within your signature is the only form of advertisement that is allowed without permission.  However, all other rules still apply to how this advertisement is constructed (such as signature limits); it is prohibited to link to pornography or content that can damage computers or data such as viruses.

7- There is a limit to how large your signature can be:
1. Images can be no wider than 600 pixels and no taller than 150 pixels.
2. Multiple images may be used so long as they don't exceed 150 pixels total height and are no wider than 600 pixels. Stacking text over/under/between images with a total of 150 pixels in height is not ok either.
3. There are no restrictions on the amount of text you can use besides the limit of 500 characters which is preset in the forum software. Do not, however, format your text in such a way that it is obnoxious.
4. Images used on this site should be less than 300KB.

Do not use obnoxious formats when posting or in signatures.  Examples: 
LOL, I like Berzerkers like I like my cherry pie, red and messy!
Hello, I like Berzerkers like I like my cherry pie, red and messy!!!!!!!!!
Hello, I like Berzerkers like I like my cherry pie, red and messy!He77o, I LiKe bERZerKerZ lIKe I LIKe mY ch3rRY PIe, re]) & me$$y lmao!

9- Do not serial post/double post.  If you have added a reply to a discussion and wish to add more to it, but not one else has replied yet, use the Modify button to update your existing reply.

10- Before posting for the first time, please read through the Sticky posts in this forum, as well as any other forum you wish to post in: Beginners and Newbies

11- Vassal can be used to illustrate a battle report of a Warhammer game that happened in the real world, face-to-face with another player.  Due to a recent lawsuit by Games Workshop, it is not permissible to use Vassal as a replacement to Warhammer on 40kOnline, ergo, using it as an online MMO that circumvents the purchase of GW stuff.  Click here for further information about the Vassal situation.

A guide to the BBC code used here:
How To Use Bullentin Board Coding (BBC) [how to post an image, and more]

We'd like to stress :: Our community consists of players of all ages and from all walks of life, and that includes teenagers, and even some pre-teens. That said, we would like to see less swearing on our boards, including: @#%$, pissing, tuna melt, Oh Sh*t, F**k the questions, WTF, etc. Sure, these are 'acceptable' words (because they are censored) and some even said on TV, but it doesn't mean they're right. 
For more information, please read this thread: Swearing and how it is handled

Thank you for reading and respecting our rules.

The version of the 40kOnline rules used until April 15, 2012 is here.
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