FFCA Forum Code of Conduct

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FFCA Forum Code of Conduct

Post by Slayer_of_1 on Sun Oct 03, 2010 11:14 am

FFCA Forum Code of Conduct

Principle Guidelines

We created theCode of Conduct to provide a basic understanding of what's allowed and notallowed in our forums. The following are the principle guidelines for theestablishment and enforcement of our CoC:

  • Ensure a friendly atmosphere to our visitors and forum members
  • Ensure the privacy of our members and that of others
  • Encourage responsible use of our forums and discourage activities which disrupt our community and reduce the value of our services to our visitors
  • Encourage the freedom of expression and exchange of information in a mature and responsible manner

What about free-speech?

While we arecommitted to the principles of free speech, certain activities may be damagingto the resources of our communities and cannot be permitted under the guise offree speech. The resources of FFCA are limited, and abuse of these resources byone user has a negative impact on the entire community.
As a member ofour vast forum community, you must participate responsibly. If you have anyquestions regarding our CoC, please contact Slayer_of_1 via PM message.


Violations of the Code of Conduct

It is extremely important for you to understand that this section of our Code of Conduct isn’t designed to cover everything. We may take action — issue a warning, ban your account(s) and/or IP addresses, lower your post count, delete/edit your post(s)/thread(s), etc. — if your conduct at the FFCA forums is counterproductive to the Code of Conduct’s principle guidelines.


Unauthorized access / Forum Security

The following actions are strictly prohibited:

  • Accessing, or attempting to access, the accounts of other users
  • Exploiting, or attempting to exploit, bugs, vulnerabilities, or loopholes; whether they are disclosed or undisclosed
  • Penetrating, or attempting to penetrate, security measures of this forum’s software or hardware, or electronic communications system

All intrusions will subject all your forum accounts to immediate termination, regardless of whether or not the intrusion results in the corruption, loss, or theft of data.
Users are responsible for the security of their FFCA accounts. Users may not share their passwords or transfer – via any means – their accounts to others without the express permission of the FFCA Forum Management Team. In addition, users are responsible for all activity made by him/her or anyone the user allows to use his/her account.


Usernames

Usernames must not be in violation of this Code of Conduct. We reserve the right to terminate accounts whose associated usernames are in violation of this Code of Conduct,or are otherwise deemed inappropriate and/or potentially offensive. Users maybe invited to register under a new name at our discretion.


Ad Hominem

Ad Hominem comments/personal attacks towards anyone - staff, forum member, or a visitor who is likely to view it on the forums - is subject to the message being deleted and action taken against the user, regardless of how pertinent or thoughtful the rest of the message might be.



Spamming

Unless a thread or forum is designated as an area ok for spamming, you may not spam. Spam includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Excessive off-topic threads
  • Posting nonsensical messages
  • “Flooding” the forum with similar meaning messages
  • Post-Count farming
  • Inciting a forum war or riot
  • Outwar-style links
  • Blatant advertising
  • Messages without content
  • Fraudulent activity (Pyramid schemes, chain letters, etc.)
  • Free-____ links (i.e. Free iPods, Free PSP, etc. etc.)


Profanities

I think that most of us are mature enough to handle profanities, or even toss a few around once in a while just to emphasize a belief. However, there is a fine line between the occasional “damn”, and a complete abuse of profanities. Use them sparingly.


Harassment

You may not use terms or audio/visual materials referring to ethnic/national origin,ideological/religious beliefs, gender, or sexual preference in a demeaning context.
We have no tolerance for discrimination. You are in violation of this rule if the nature of your post discriminates, promotes hate, promotes violence or advocates hatred or discrimination against individuals, groups, races, cultures or organizations because of their ethnic/national origin, skin color or culture.


DEROGATORY TERMS

If you use any terms in an offensive context against a person, race, culture, group or organization, as determined by our moderators, you are in violation of this rule.
Please note that words carry different meanings in different cultures, and that while a word maybe acceptable use in one part of the world, it may not be in another. In addition, anyone can invent their own derogatory terms, unfortunately. Because of those factors, we will evaluate the context in which the term was used to determine whether a violation has occurred.


Offensive Images / Shock Sites

You may not post or link to shock sites, or any such excessively obscene material. If you are unsure whether what you wish to post may be in violation of this rule, please consult a moderator first before posting. Blatant violations of this rule will result in a permanent ban on your account.


Signatures

I have no issues with signatures, just be sure that they aren't obnoxiously large, and that the signature doesn't violate any part of this CoC.


Moderation & Bans


  • You may not evade a ban. Doing so will drastically lengthen your ban.
  • You may not publicly complain about or demand a reason for another user's ban, the deletion of a message, or the deletion/closure of a thread. Any discussion about warnings, bans, message deletion, thread deletion and thread closure should be done over private email between the person concerned and the moderators
  • You may not re-edit a message that has been edited by a moderator
  • You may not post a message on behalf of a banned forumer.


Miscellaneous


  • Do not post negative posts and discussions that are repeated over and over and over with no other purpose than to disrupt conversation. If you feel the need to say something, say it once and then move on. Do not disrupt multiple threads in order to get your view out.
  • You may not bait/troll users. Bait / Trolling is defined as posting with a clear intent to provoke anger, incendiary posts, and behavior that results in other users violating the CoC.
  • You may not bait, insult, flame, or otherwise abuse a staff member. Staff members have to follow the same rules, and should you have a problem with a certain staff member, please contact a moderator or the Forum Management Team.
  • You may not abuse your ability to post in HTML in HTML-enabled forums
  • You may not post graphically-disturbing images as inline images (such that the images are displayed when users view your post). However, you can link to the images with a warning stating that the images are graphically disturbing
  • You may not post in a manner that is harmful to this site. For example, “FFCA forums suck!”
  • You may not register multiple accounts with intent to violate any part of this CoC.
  • You may not link to the forum logout page, disguised or not.


That just about covers everything! Welcome to the FFCA forums! Enjoy your stay! tongue


Last edited by Slayer_of_1 on Sun Oct 03, 2010 11:17 am; edited 3 times in total (Reason for editing : Formattting)
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