Registered: Mar 2001
Location: Atlanta GA
TribesRPG Guidelines and Good Practices
Following is the Guidelines and Good Practises document for the TribesRPG forums. Please read an understand these as you will be expected to be familiar with them as you participate in the forums. This is a living document and will be revised as necessary. Upon revision, this document will be edited and a seperate post to this thread will note the revision date.
These guidelines are given for a principle with examples, not as exact do's and don'ts. The general purpose of the forums is to serve the community of TribesRPG.
General Discussion forums
This forum is open for discussion of any subject for any reason, within the bounds of legality and decency. On topic or not, almost anything goes here. One example of content deemed appropriate for this forum would be what is considered a “flame”. If you have something to say about another member of the TribesRPG community, be it a compliment or not, you can say it here.
TribesRPG Discussion forum
This forum is for public discussion of anything related specifically to TribesRPG only. The content of this forum is to be kept on topic at all times. This forum is heavily moderated and any posts or replies from you that are not on topic are grounds for banning from this forum. It is expected that the content of this forum will be mature and productive.
This forum is to be used during periods of testing or other instances where only a select group of individuals will be assisting the dev team in their efforts. For the most part this forum will be locked and hidden. If you notice it is as some point available, you can assume your participation in this forum is requested.
This is a forum specifically designed for people wanting to expand upon the Tribes RPG realm. It consists of stories, roleplaying and characters that are property of their owners. Content not directly related to a storyline or the general intent of the online roleplaying forums in general will be acted upon with serious consequenses. Before attempting to participate in the online role playing, first read and understand everything in the post here.
Forum guidelines in general
All are welcome to post and act as a member of the community. Each post has a title that describes the intended topic of that post. If within the post you find yourself replying with content that is not on the topic of the post, please create a new post, do not reply to the existing one with off-topic content.
The forums have enabled the ability for you to attach files, link to images, and use html/scripting within the content of a post in general. While this allows a large amount of freedom, it can also be very dangerous.
Images of a non-tribes or TribesRPG nature are not appropriate . Keep in mind that while we are a community of individuals, each with different tastes and pleasures, these forums are present for the purpose of the game. It is expected that your posts, images, and content in general will be relatable somehow to Tribes and TribesRPG. As an example: An image of a woman who’s clothing or posture is suggestive or revealing (not even going as far as nudity), while common place in our society, is not a part of the game and is therefore inappropriate.
You have the ability to use html, vbcode, and many different flavors of internet languages to enhance your content. It is with great trepidation that these abilities were enabled and the “source” of your posts is closely inspected. If any of your content, intentional or not, circumvents the basic functionality of the forum, you will be banned without hesitation and possibly reported to the authorities depending on the severity of the content (Remember, we log I.P.’s). Creative scripting is welcome and linking from within our forums to the internet is acceptable. When posting there is a preview button that will allow you to insure your code is complete and will not affect the forum. You would be wise to use this preview functionality often.
Signatures are welcomed. You have the ability to use most code and images in your signatures. Try to keep the images tiny, and the text brief. Remember your signature can occupy the bottom of every one of your posts, and a large signature with large images can be intrusive to the point they disrupt the flow of the post. It is recommended that you opt to use your signature only once per post.
Topics that discuss anything considered illegal anywhere are not appropriate. If you are discussing things of an illegal nature the post(s) will be archived and released as evidence in case of legal action taken against you.
Certain forums may be assigned moderators. A moderator is a member of the community that is assigned to insure the content of a specific forum complies with the guidelines listed above. It is expected that these moderators will from time to time need to delete, move, edit, or otherwise make an effort to insure the forums are kept on topic. The moderators are to do nothing more than to enforce the guidelines posted above. It is expected that their moderation will be impartial, and will not reflect their own personal ideals or rules of conduct.
Moderators are given extended abilities in the forums to enforce their responsibilities. At times this may include actions intended to help someone more fully understand the impact of their error. This could include deleting an entire post, reducing an individuals post count, moving the individual into a read-only queue, or suggesting the individual for banning from a specific forum, or all of the forums in general. At the current time we are unable to give all of these abilities to the moderator directly, but any request made to the webmaster from a moderator will be filled w/o question or hesitation. If a moderator asks for example that a user’s total post count be reduced to 0, it would happen. The technology to give this ability directly to the moderator is being investigated and will be implemented in time.
While we are all members of a community and most of us are friends, we still know each other mainly through the forums and not personally. Anyone invited to be a moderator can thus expect to be closely monitored themselves during the first few weeks of their new assignment. If the webmaster or other members/moderators of the community observer that any new moderator does not agree to or comply with the guidelines of the forums, their moderation status will be revoked. A revocation of moderation status is not a method of shame, but is simply a result of disagreement and is to be considered nothing more.
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