Cyber Nations Forum Rules 07/03/2016Cyber Nations Forum Rules
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The following are basic guidelines for use of the Cyber Nations community forum. Anyone caught disobeying these guidelines will be issued a warning. The forum staff works on a five warn limit policy unless the situation calls for more appropriate action ranging from a verbal warning to a double warn and suspension to an immediate ban, etc. Just because something is not listed specifically here as illegal does not mean it's allowed. All players are expected to use common sense and are personally responsible for reading the pinned threads found in the Moderation forum. Questions regarding appropriateness or other concerns can be sent via PM to an appropriate moderator. A permanent ban on the forums results in a game ban, and vice versa. Please note that the in-game warn system works on a "three strikes you're out" policy and that in-game actions (including warnings and deletions) may not be appealed. For more information regarding in-game rules please read the Cyber Nations Game Rules. 1.) First Warning
2.) Second Warning
3.) Third Warning (48 hour suspension at the forum)
4.) Fourth Warning (120 hour suspension at the forum)
5.) Permanent Ban Game Bans and Forum Bans
If you receive a 100% warn level on the forums, you will be subject to removal from the forums AND have your nation deleted and banned from the game at moderator(s) discretion. If you are banned in the game, then you will be banned from the forums. Process of Appeals
Players may not appeal any in-game actions. This includes cheat flags, canceled trades, content removals, warn level increases, nation deletion, and bans from the game. Players may appeal individual forum warnings. You may only appeal a warning if you can show with evidence that it was unwarranted or unduly harsh. If a reasonable amount of time has passed (no less than one month and preferably longer) in which you have demonstrated reformed behavior than you may request a warning level reduction. Wasting staff time with inappropriately filed reports and/or unfounded appeals will result in a warn level raise. Repeat incidences will result in a ban from the forum. Bans are permanent. Banned players may appeal to the Senior Staff if they believe grounds exist (very, very rare) in which they state their case with evidence and why explain why they believe they deserve to be allowed back into Cyber Nations. This process is not quick and the investigation into cases may last three minutes or three weeks or more depending on the individual situation. The only place where discussion of moderator action is acceptable is in the appropriate Moderation forum. Posting commentary on or disagreement with moderator action elsewhere will result in a warn level raise. Posting
All posts must be in English. Common phrases in other languages will be allowed so long as they are translated upon request. Foreign languages are permitted in signatures and avatars, however. Certain areas of the forum require you to have a nation in either standard CN or CN:TE. If you have... A SE and a TE nation: You get one forum account. Your forum account name must match your SE nation or ruler name. You are allowed to post in either SE or TE areas of the forum. You must have your CN:TE nation name listed in your profile to post in the CN:TE section of the forum.
Just an SE nation: You get one forum account. Your forum account name must match your SE nation or ruler name. You are not allowed to post in any TE areas of the forum.
Just a TE nation: You get one forum account. Your forum account name must match your TE nation name or ruler name. Your must have your CN:TE nation name listed correctly in your profile. You are not allowed to post in any of the SE areas. You are allowed to post in the water cooler, question center and the moderation forums. Other than that, all your posts need to stay in the TE area. Flame/Flamebait/Trolling
Flaming is expressing anger or lobbing insults at a person/player rather than a character, post, idea, etc. Flamebait are posts that are made with the aim of targeting/harassing/provoking another user into rule-breaking. Trolling is submitting posts with the aim of targeting/harassing/provoking a specific group into rule-breaking. Forum users should not be participating in any of these, and doing so will result in a warning. Topic Hijacking
Hijacking is forcing the current thread discussion off of the original topic and usually results in spam or flame from either side. Forum users found hijacking threads will be given a warning. Repeat Topics
One topic is enough. Repeat topics will be locked, removed, and the author given a warning. Users found creating repeat topics after others were locked by staff will receive a warn raise. Joke Topics
Topics created as a joke are prohibited. Joke topics will be locked and the author warned. This includes topics in which the author is making an announcement “for” another in-game alliance. Humorous threads are permitted; it is up to the discretion of the moderation staff to determine what is merely satire and what is actually a joke topic. Spam
Spam is defined as creating posts or topics containing only contentless material of any kind. Users found spamming will receive a warning. Examples include (but are in no way limited to) posts containing nothing but smilies, "+1", "QFT", "this" any other one/few-word contentless combination, joke threads, or posts containing quotes and anything that counts as spam by itself. Adding words to a post with the express intent of avoiding a spam warn will result in a warning. These posts and other similar contributions have no substance and hence are considered spam. Posts of "Ave", "Hail" or any other one word congratulatory type are acceptable as one word posts. Emoticon type posts such as "o/" without accompanying text is still not allowed. Posts containing only images are considered spam, unless the image is being used in the Alliance Politics sub-forum and then the actual text of the image be placed into spoiler tags. Posting in All Caps
Posting large amounts of text in capital letters is not permitted. Use discretion when using your caps lock key. No Discussion Forums
There are forums that are not for discussion and are used strictly for game and forum staff to address certain issues, bugs, etc. The following forums are not open to discussion: Report Game Abuse, Report Forum Abuse, and Warn/Ban Appeals. Only moderators and the original poster may post in a thread, period, with absolutely no exceptions. Users found disobeying this guideline will receive an automatic warning for each offense. Moderation Forums
All Moderation forums also maintain pinned threads clearly marked as required reading before posting. Failure to read and follow required reading and procedure in a Moderation forum will result in a warning. Examples include posting requests in the wrong forum, failure to include all required information in posts, etc. The standard of conduct and enforcement of rules in Moderation forums is strictly enforced and the repercussions for disregarding rules or disrespecting staff are harsh. Read the pinned threads before posting and you will be fine. Namecalling
Excessive or unqualified namecalling is not allowed in IC forums; namecalling should also never make up the bulk of a post. Namecalling is prohibited entirely in all OOC forums. Filtered Words
Any attempts to evade the word filter will result in a warning. The terms we have filtered are filtered for a reason and no excuse for evasion will be accepted. Filter evasion includes censoring or deliberately misspelling part of a filtered word. If you link to a website, image, video, etc., containing profanity, please post a disclaimer before the link. The moderation staff may still remove links if the content is deemed too obscene. Harassment
Forum users should not be stalking/harassing others on the forums. Anyone found stalking players from topic to topic, etc., will be subject to a warning. Gravedigging
Gravedigging is not allowed anywhere on the forums. Gravedigging is "bumping" old topics which haven't been active for quite some time (four to seven days is standard depending on the nature of the thread and how many pages back it had been pushed before bump). Your warn level will be raised if you are caught doing this. The Suggestion Box and Black Market forums are partial exceptions to this rule. Suggestions/ideas in that forum may be posted in regardless of age PROVIDING that the reviving post contains constructive, on-topic input to the original topic or discussion. Black Market threads may be bumped by the author if there is new information about the offered exchange (i.e open aid slots). In the Player Created Alliances forum it will not be considered gravedigging to bump a topic up to a year old, so long as the alliance in question still exists and it is not a duplicate thread. Signatures
Those who fail to read and abide by these rules will have their signatures removed and receive a warning. You may have only one image per signature which may not exceed the maximum size of 450 pixels wide by 150 pixels tall. You may have no more than 8 lines of text and text size cannot exceed size 4. Each quote-tag, image and empty line count as a line. Inappropriate Images and Other Disallowed Images
Images that are sexual in nature or have sexual overtones are prohibited. It is up to the discretion of the moderation staff to determine what constitutes sexual overtones. Depictions of kissing are permissible provided there are no sexual implications. Images depicting female nipples are prohibited outright. Making “ASCII art” is prohibited regardless of the image depicted. Using photos or likenesses of another Cyber Nations player is also prohibited. Drug References
Images and posts promoting illegal drug use are prohibited. References to drugs are acceptable only if the moderation staff deems that it is not promoting the use thereof. Obscene Content and/or "Account Suicide"
Anyone caught posting vulgar material (including but in no way limited to pornography, "gross," "tubgirl," "lemonparty," photos depicting RL illegal acts such as violence towards humans or animals, child pornography, death photos, and any other obscene or offensive material in either text form or picture form) will have their account(s) permanently banned, and their ISP contacted along with any other applicable internet and RL authorities. OOC Threats / Revealing Personal Information
An OOC threat of any nature will equate to an automatic ban from the game and forums. Likewise, the publishing of personal information of any other player without their explicit permission is grounds for warning and/or a ban from the game depending on the severity of the offense. Death Threats / Death Wishes
A death threat or a death wish of any nature (including but not limited to telling another player to commit suicide) will result in at very least a 40% warn level increase and 2 day suspension from the forums, with harsher punishments, including a complete ban from the forums and game, up to the discretion of the moderation staff. Quoting Rulebreaking Posts
Do not quote any post with obscene content or any other content that has to be removed by the moderation staff. Doing so makes it more difficult for the moderation staff to find and remove all such content and will result in a warn level increase. Putting rulebreaking posts of any kind in your signature is prohibited. Forum Names
With the exception of moderator accounts, all forum accounts must match up exactly with the ruler name or nation name of your in-game country. Those found not matching up will be warned and banned immediately. Forum account names may not be profane or offensive. Multiple Forum Accounts
With the exception of moderators, if you are caught with multiple forum accounts, the multiple account(s) will be banned, warn level raised, and your identity will be announced by a moderator to the CN community so rule-abiding players can take IC action against you. Multiple forum account offenders will receive a varying percentage warn level raise and/or a permanent ban on a case-by-case basis. Posting For Other Players
Posting for banned or suspended players is prohibited, as is posting for any person without a nation. This includes making warn and ban appeals on their behalf. Imitation &. Impersonation
Imitation in terms of this forum is mimicking the posting, avatar, or signature styles of another user in an attempt to be satirical or generally humorous. Impersonation in terms of this forum is copying the posting, avatar, or signature styles of another user in order to present the illusion that the person is in fact that user. Imitation is fine and can be quite funny. Impersonation is disruptive and is warnable. Please pay attention to the subtle difference between these two concepts. A player may not impersonate another player by emulating the characteristics of someone else's past or present account in an attempt to harass, stalk, or flamebait. Creating a new forum account in an attempt to impersonate a standing account will result in deletion and banning without notice. Any attempt at imitation and/or impersonation of moderators and game staff is strictly prohibited and will be met with harsh repercussions. Avatars
Size for avatars is limited by the forum mechanics, therefore there is no size issue for a user to worry about. Avatars must be in good taste, and any avatar containing a picture that is too violent, disgusting, sexually explicit, insulting to another player or staff member, etc. will be removed. Avatars that are potentially seizure inducing will not be permitted. Players may not "borrow" the avatars of any moderator past or present without permission. Swastikas and Nazi Imagery
The swastika may not be used in signatures or avatars. Pictures of swastika's are acceptable for use in the In Character (IC) sections of the roleplay forums, so long as its context is In Character, and not Out Of Character. Pictures of Hitler, mentioning of the Holocaust, etc... have no place in the roleplay forums, since these people and events existed in real life, and have no bearing or place in the Cyberverse. Other Nazi or SS imagery is forbidden in all forums. Moderation Staff
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New National Developments Opened In economic news, the following buildings and agencies have been opened for public use and knowledge: - The new Alvonian internet agency has begun operations, and all internet services in Alvonia and Alvonian territories will use .al as the domain name. - The Strategic Defense Initiative, also known as the Wein Eisenhammer, has been placed online. Wehrmacht officials boast the system can stop any and all rocket attacks in any form. - Munich Research Lab for Infectious Diseases has been opened and is expected to be working immediately on cures and new medications for all ailments.
Operations in Germany The Wehrmacht's involvement in Germany came to a close today as the election of a governor for Germany finished, electing Tobias Hausler, who is a 10-year veteran of German politics and well-liked for his pro-workers stance. "This beginning of a unified Germany will be the beginning of a new era, not only for Germans, but for the world as well," Hausler was quoted as saying in his swearing-in ceremony and speech. (7/7 North Germany) Potential Capital Move? Discussions are ongoing in the Reichstag concerning the recent acquisition of the new German provinces, which is now the full-fledged German state, and the possibility of moving the Alvonian capital from Vienna to Berlin. Former Director Wilding appeared in person to deliver a message that in his years as Director, it was only secondary to gain the full German state for the capital of Berlin - moving there wasn't seen as a viable option. Director Piontek has not commented on the situation.
South Carolina The assault against Myrtle Beach had predictably failed for the Spanish, though they did not retreat without a fight. The USN had lost some four destroyers, three submarines, and damage to nearly every ship in the 3rd Fleet. The most valuable of them all, the USS Hornet, had been heavily damaged and needed serious repairs, which put it out of action for the better part of the conflict. The USAAF, however, had lost a good 121 planes of all varieties in defending Myrtle Beach. These pilots and airmen won a good number of posthumous medals for their actions. Cuba The occupational force had been whittled down to only 10,000 Marines of the First Division, a fraction of the initial force sent. They knew the Spanish still remained on the island - it was nearly impossible to kill them all, of course - and occasionally went out to raid suspected or known Spanish holdout camps. Near-constant propaganda was broadcast to the jungles and countryside encouraging Spanish remnants to give up, that help wasn't coming for them. For all Mendoza cared, the propaganda claimed, they were dead when the Marines walked on shore. Jacksonville The city had now become infamous in the Red Army for the brutality of all involved. Nicknames varied - Hell City, City of the Damned, Hellville, and The Big One were the most common. All agreed - something needed to be done to cut off Spanish reinforcements. Red Army planners were conceiving the largest operation in the entire war thus far, which would involve 450,000 total Red Army soldiers and an ungodly amount of support vehicles and aircraft. Until then, all soldiers were ordered to hold position and inform their superiors of any unusual changes in Spanish activity. The Red Army didn't want to be caught off-guard by a renewed Spanish offensive. "22nd of May, 1943 We have been fighting in Jacksonville for over two years now. It seemed the Spanish lost their mood to fight when we stopped their attack at Myrtle Beach. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is gone too, unable to handle the pressure of war with our country. My unit has seen Spanish soldiers face-to-face every day, and we look at each other not only with hard eyes, but with the weary eyes of people who just want to go home. Some days I question why neither one of us just puts down our guns and forces the leaders to declare peace. Well, I can understand why the Spanish won't - their officers will shoot them. But we do not do that either. We lose people every day, both of us. We pick off one of theirs, then we lose someone the same way. Snipers usually handle most of the killing. Us regular troops stay in the few standing buildings, or in our trenches, or in the basements of bombed-out houses. It's too dangerous to go out unless you're on recon. I hear there's talk of a new offensive. Maybe this will be the one that kicks the Spanish out of Florida once and for all. Or maybe we'll just sit here for another two years, staring at each other from across the street."
Markus Wilding replied to Markus Wilding's topic in Fantasy RP (IC)ATLANTA, GA The war with the foolish Spanish Empire, in which our two nations locked in an eternal struggle have outlasted all other nations in the world, has taken two years are many brave lives of American servicemen. Across all fronts, Red Army forces fight to secure the rights of the workers in Florida, against the aggression displayed by Spanish forces who still cling onto the city of Jacksonville like ticks. We remind all citizens of the Communist States of America that service to your country is the greatest act of all!
Operations in Germany The Wehrmacht has confirmed today that all Northlands and Nordisk Rike remnants that resisted against Alvonian efforts to unite Germany have been defeated, and will not be prosecuted for their actions. In other news, German companies have fully set themselves up and are reporting a huge increase in sales with the transfer of previous headquarters to Alvonian territory, compared to restrictive Northlands trade laws. (6/7 North Germany)
Classified - Top Secret! The Wehrmacht has received a huge influx of troops from the new German territories, a combination of veterans from the Northlands and volunteers who just entered military age. This wave of recruitment solidly puts the Wehrmacht at 640,840 total soldiers, which in itself adds over 100,000 new soldiers to the Wehrmacht, adding the 22., 23. (Pol), 24. (Pol), 25. (Mech), 26., and 27. Infanterie-Divisions to active service. The 22., 26., and 27. divisions will immediately, after training, deploy to Germany to assist in operations there. This comes with a massive restructuring that adds and redistributes support elements for nearly all divisions. New Divisions and Restructuring: [spoiler][/spoiler] Public Operations in Germany With the influx of new troops from volunteers and the Alvonian homeland, the Wehrmacht has declared itself in total control of Germany and has secured all entrances in and out. This news allows for the relaxation of previous travel restrictions, and families from all parts of Alvonia are now free to reunite with one another. Also with this, official elections have begun to find Germany's governor among eight candidates of varying political affiliation. (4/7 North Germany)
Operations in Germany The Wehrmacht has declared all Northlands and Nordisk Rike military emplacements and structures in Germany as removed, and officially deems it as clear for free movement. Additionally, the Wehrmacht has begun finding and clearing out Northlands and Rike remnants in the area, with orders to give them a chance to surrender peacefully before taking additional measures. Work is also being done to restore advanced power and infrastructure systems. (3/7 North Germany)
Classified The Wehrmacht's primary job in Poland has been completed, finally. The Polish-Alvonian elements of the Heer has found, arrested, and executed the last remnants of the Prussian movement. The sick and twisted Prussian ideology is no more. Poland has remove one enemy, but another still remains. (7/7 Poland) Public Operations in Germany Today the Wehrmacht has dismantled Northlandic and Nordisk Rike positions, freeing up the border for free travel between Alvonia and the new German states. At this time, there is virtually no regulation for German travel between Alvonia and the newly-acquired German states, although it is highly likely this will change as time goes on and families reunite with one another. Meanwhile, the Wehrmacht has continued to advance forward and secure the rest of the German states, with only light resistance encountered. (2/7 North Germany)
Classified The border in Poland with Belarus has officially been protected, as is necessary with all Alvonian borders. This brings the Wehrmacht fully up to speed with all defensive operations in Poland. (6/7 Poland) Public Northlands Collapses - Wehrmacht Moves into Germany Rejoicing citizens were seen in the streets today as the Wehrmacht moved into Northlands Germany, as well as the former Nordisk Rike province of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern to take control of the area for Alvonia. Director August Piontek stated today that "This is indeed a monumental day in Alvonian history. For too long have the German people been disunited, and today we unite all Germans under the Alvonian banner. Such is our time." (1/7 North Germany)
Operations in Poland Today, operations in Poland came to a close as the Wehrmacht handed over full control of police stations and administrative buildings to Polish civilian counterparts. The Wehrmacht will stay on hand in various bases around Poland for matters of national defense, though all other such matters are in the hands of local Polish state organizations and bureaus. Effective immediately, there are no longer separate provinces in Poland, rather there is only a Polish state within Alvonia, much like Austria and the Czech republic within Alvonia, which has all the rights a national state has. (5/5 Poland)
Piontek raised an eyebrow. "France will remain French. Alvonia will not take any action to annex it into our nation, and we will defend the French people to the death against anyone who dares to do so themselves. France has been a good ally to Alvonia, and we respect them for that. The Workers' Republics can do what they wish elsewhere, but Europe is where we concern ourselves in Vienna. Is there anything else we need to discuss here, or are we quite finished?"
"You speak of conquest," Piontek said, leaning back in his chair. "I assume you mean the conquests of the Northlands and Belarus. Their imperialism is well-known to Alvonians of all kinds - we are divided in the East by the Belarusians, and in the West by the Northlands. It would bring joy to a great many of us here in Vienna and in Warsaw to see them pushed back from their illegitimate gains." Piontek took a few moments to think on what had been said, and what he knew. "I believe this is a mutually beneficial alliance, though I would like to get this all on paper. We can have our foreign ministries speak to each other and hammer out the finer details, but at this time I believe we have much to gain by working together."