The complete guidelines are as follows:
Respect Others: It is of utmost importance that you respect your fellow community members. Debates and constructive criticism are encouraged and welcome, but do not name-call, insult, or troll other members while getting your point across. This includes not calling people out, posting obvious troll threads, or starting/participating in flame wars. We all have strong opinions when it comes to games, please remember that.
When choosing your words, please also keep in mind that the DaoC-Origins staff (the moderators, community team, and developers) are part of the community too, and deserve just as much respect as other members.
Keep it Clean: Despite the fact that our community is mostly mature adults, please keep in mind that there are likely younger members that read and post on our forums. As a result, we ask that you keep it relatively clean when posting: minimize the nudity, sexual content, and coarse language- not just in the content of your post, but your username, avatar, and other details should remain safe for younger readers.
Inappropriate content, as determined by the Community team, and threads that encourage it, are subject to removal or editing. This also extends to user names, avatars, and other profile details.
No Hate Speech: This falls under the umbrella of both of the above categories, but we want to call it out separately. Hate speech is defined as hateful or prejudice comments, slurs, or statements promoting intolerance directed at others based on their culture, race, gender, religion, lifestyle, or any other personally identifying factors. We promote a welcoming atmosphere for all in the official community, and do not tolerate hate speech. Hate speech is considered to be a very serious offense, and anyone found to have participated in such actions will have their account temporarily suspended from the forums and be given a warning. Further violations of this nature may result in the account receiving a permanent ban.
No Advertising, No Spamming: Do not advertise anywhere on the forums, including but not limited to posts, threads, signatures, and private messages. Advertisements and promotions that are unrelated to our game do not belong on our forums: this includes promoting other games, outside services, and anything that would net you monetary gain.
Post Worthy Content : Don’t be a spam poster.
* Try not to make duplicate threads about topics that are currently being discussed. When in doubt, use the search tool!
* Do not overuse text decorations. Keep font sizes and colors reasonable, and refrain from excessive caps and punctuation. Using the aforementioned for emphasizing a point or organizing a guide is ok, but steer away from using them purely as post flair.
* The forums are not a chat room, so please try to refrain from using them as such. Topics are meant to cover a specific subject, so keep that in mind when creating them and posting in them.
* Try to contribute something new when you post. If you have to use /10chars, consider adding more to it.
* Using an image in your post is okay, providing that it makes a point. Using an image that is a face palm without reasoning or a similar non-contributing meme is not.
No Moderation Activity Talk: Do not discuss the moderation actions of staff. Do not talk about your (or anyone else’s!), warnings, infractions, bans, etc. If you are asked to refrain from a type of behavior by a staff member, please listen: disregarding their instructions can result in another warning or infraction. As always, if you have concerns, please contact a staff member.
Don’t Moderate Others: While it can be tempting to correct others when they are in the wrong, please refrain from engaging in ‘backseat moderating.’ Whether you are reciting the rules at someone, posting in a spam thread calling it as such or something else along those lines, please refrain. If someone is disobeying the Guidelines, report them, then move on.
One Account Limit: Do not use multiple accounts: if we find out, your other accounts will almost certainly be closed. If you create one or more to circumvent a ban we’ve issued- even if it’s a temporary one- your main and extra accounts may be permanently banned. Don’t do it.
Uninformative Thread Titles: When creating a new thread, please be sure that its title is descriptive and that it accurately conveys the point of the thread. Creating topics that are vague such as “thanks!” or “can you believe this” will be closed.
Thread Title Callouts: Please do not create threads with titles that are directed at specific members of the community (This also includes members of the development or community teams). These threads will be closed, removed, or at very least the thread title edited to remove the individual’s name. This leads into the next point.
Naming and Shaming: We do not allow “naming and shaming” posts, threads, or content on our forums. It is the act of publicly naming someone and ridiculing or accusing them of something. This includes putting their name on a blacklist in your signature or thread.
Don’t be a Thread Necromancer: Bumping old threads because you have something to say that will bring something new to the topic is all right. However, a thread that has not been touched in weeks is generally considered “dead”. Don’t bump your own thread without a very good reason. Inappropriately resurrected threads will likely be locked by the mod team.
Exploits and Hacks: Exploits, hacks, or any behavior that gives a player an unfair advantage are detrimental to the spirit of the game. Any posts involving hacks or exploits will be removed from the forums. If you encounter such activity, please file an in-game report with a GM.
Goodbye/Quitting Threads: Goodbye/quitting threads rarely end well, so we do have a policy of reading the feedback in them and closing them. For the civility and constructiveness of the forums, we ask you to please keep your goodbyes to private messages or in-game.
Impersonation: Impersonating a staff member or anyone else (such as another community member or a celebrity) is strictly forbidden. Impersonation includes, but is not limited to using official avatars, misleading signatures and signature files, posts claiming you are someone who you are not, and forging moderator posts or closures. We take impersonation attempts very seriously, and this should not be done, even if it is meant in jest.
Malicious Links: Please do not post malicious links on our forums. This includes browser hijackers, key-loggers, links to pornographic material, and links to in-game currency sellers/power-leveling service sites, and private server sites.
Personal Information: Do not post personal information. Not only should you be careful when telling others personal details about yourself, you should never post personal information about others. We consider this to be a very serious offense. Always be safe when it comes to your personal information. Never share info such as your account name, home address, instant messenger contacts, or even emails in an open forum.
Petitions and Polls: We do not allow petitions or community-created polls on our forums. The reason for this is we do not feel that either encourage a meaningful or constructive discussion since they promote replies that simply say “/signed” or answer a list of questions. In place of a petition, we recommend presenting something as a request or a suggestion so that the entire community can discuss it. It’s also okay to present questions in your first post, but we ask that you not call it a poll.
Posting in the Appropriate Area: Please do your best to post threads in the correct area of the forums. Any threads that are posted in the incorrect area will be moved. We all want to have our threads seen, and posting them in the proper section is the best way to make sure that happens. Also, please refrain from posting the same topic in multiple areas of the forum or cross-posting in an attempt to gain further views or replies. This is considered spamming, and the duplicate threads will be removed.
Spreading False Info: We do not tolerate the deliberate and malicious spreading of false info about DAoC-Origins. Going out of your way to spread harmful or malicious rumors about Origins or our game is never okay on our forums.
These guidelines cover most of the situations that we will run across on our forums. If we feel that anything in a post is inappropriate for our forums, for any reason, we do reserve the right to take appropriate actions for the overall good of the community, even if it’s not specifically mentioned in our forum Code of Conduct. In a nutshell, please be respectful, constructive, and civil at all times while on the official forums.
Once again, have fun! Remember, we’re all here to discuss the game and have a good time.