Cyber Nations Forum Rules 07/03/2016Cyber Nations Forum Rules
In the process of registering on this forum, all players--including you--agreed to accept these terms and conditions and the terms and conditions of Invision Power Board. In doing so you essentially signed an electronic contract pledging to have read the rules and TOS and agreeing to follow the rules and TOS as written. It is your continued responsibility to read, follow, and keep up-to-date with the CN rules.
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
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Segovia replied to Salmia's topic in Alliance Announcements (IC)About time... And the hamster bit was never agreed upon by Brig gov. FnKA, remember when you attacked Brig for TOOL?
[quote name='Bob Janova' date='30 May 2010 - 02:10 PM' timestamp='1275253792' post='2317011'] I just briefly have to address that point, being an ex-Grämlin. We were prepped and ready for war, and VE told us not to get ourselves killed because they'd decided to admit defeat. It is not the topic of this thread so if you want to discuss it in more depth, start another one Well, JB has now moved on from GGA, so the rest of the senior figures can now stop following along with his foolishness. Hopefully their goal isn't also to destroy VE [/quote] From what I remember, since I was in the VE at the time, yeah, we were ready for the disbandment. We didn't believe Gramlins would help (as far as the normal members went) but we also knew that it was pointless to involve any one else. Live to fight another day, eh?
Welp. This is another situation of 'too little, too late'. Good luck, man. I hope you can pull a miracle out of your donkey. I've seen it happen a couple of times, so hopefully I'll see it happen again.
[quote name='BloodFury' date='26 May 2010 - 11:26 PM' timestamp='1274941568' post='2313246'] Yes well, she spent Roughly One Month in GPA. She then turned around and spent roughly One Month in the GGA. As for a smaller alliance, Ronin is technically the smaller newer alliance. Where as GGA is an older alliance that has fallen on hard times. Why would you join join two alliances each one for a rough period of a month before jumping ship, and one of those was a second choice to an alliance you would leave them for in the future? There a lot going against her besides the proof that she has leaked information. Some things just don't make sense is all I am saying. And as was eluded to before by a VE member I believe is that they got the information second or third hand. Regardless if they laughed it off or not, it was not directly sent to them. So if her reason was revenge, it wasn't brought directly to VE which would be the normal routes of revenge. [/quote] 1st hand, from what I understand. And there are quite a few people who jump from alliance to alliance, and that doesn't make them a spy. From what I understand, Enyo did quite a bit for the GGA working in the FA dept. Perhaps she is a disgruntled employee?
[quote name='BloodFury' date='26 May 2010 - 10:36 PM' timestamp='1274938550' post='2313207'] I don't know all the going ons in GGA or the world, but what I do know was what they did find was that Enyo leaked information. I had also heard a small rumor that Enyo may or may not have caused problems with the GPA. Again this is something I do not know, or if its factual or not. Prior to Enyo joining the GGA she had applied to Ronin, the alliance she is in now. She was accepted or to be accepted but turned it down to join GGA. Doesn't that raise suspicions even more when you find out that she had leaked information? Why a random jump to another alliance, when she wanted to join Ronin? Those are just some things to think about. But they were obviously concerned that there was an informant inside of the GGA sometime after he arrival into the GGA. You also have to understand that GGA itself is still reforming since JB came back took the reigns of the alliance. He has been trying to rebuild it and redo everything that he has to from the ground up, so some suspicions will arise against anyone at any time if you are worried about your alliance. While it may all of just been short time paranoia it still warranted him to act alone in this matter. [/quote] I've never heard any rumors about the GPA, but that doesn't matter. Back in the day, I was going to join IRON because it looked like a great alliance and went with the VE because I preferred a smaller group and they seemed like a great group. Just because a person changes their mind means nothing.
[quote name='BloodFury' date='26 May 2010 - 10:14 PM' timestamp='1274937241' post='2313187'] It has already been pointed out that it was Enyo, it has already been made a clear cut case against her and all evidence ties this directly to her. Do you think an investigation was not done? Also when you believe you have a spy in your midst, you don't exactly tell anyone what your plans are as they could tip off the spy, or tip off who ever the spy is working for. If I ran my own alliance, I would forgive the GGA for their words used in a private government channel regardless of the situation. Somethings are said in anger and some of the others were said to try and root out the spy. If they suspected it would of been from my alliance, I could understand them not telling me about it. [/quote] I apologize, I misread this quote: [quote]That may be so, but I had heard of information being leaked sometime while she was in the alliance a few days after she had left it.[/quote] I read it as there was a leak before she left, and it was her. Was their other info leaked from a spy previous to this? And informing your allies gov that you are cracking down on a spy shouldn't screw with your OPSEC. If they were truly worried about that, then why be allied? And when it concerns another ally, I think it's something that definitely should have been shared.
[quote name='BloodFury' date='26 May 2010 - 10:02 PM' timestamp='1274936521' post='2313176'] That may be so, but I had heard of information being leaked sometime while she was in the alliance a few days after she had left it. Regardless if that information is correct or not it is clearly recognized that the leaking of any information from an alliance is heavily frowned upon and has gotten people put on enemy lists in the past. When you are in an alliance you agree to not share any information that is said, it is common courtesy to extend that respect after you leave. If she didn't do it while she was in the GGA, she still did it regardless and she should be dealt with accordingly as the GGA wishes her to be dealt with. [/quote] So that automatically means Enyo is the spy? Great logic there. Also, when you are allied to an alliance that is also allied to the people you are having bad relations with, it is only common courtesy to inform your allies that you are planting logs that are threatening towards their allies to flush out a spy, just in case those logs get out. I don't really care for surprises like that. (Too many 'allies'... gah)
[quote name='BloodFury' date='26 May 2010 - 09:52 PM' timestamp='1274935919' post='2313160'] I believe Jrenster is correct on this one, he is more or less trying to dispel any thought that there was any hard feelings between GGA and other governments. However I do believe he was trying to prove a point on the fact that information was leaked prior to the member leaving the alliance. I am sure everyone else feels the same taboo on spying, so why should he try not to bring to light that a former member Enyo leaked government information and in a sense spied on the GGA? [/quote] She left and was blacklisted on the 9th. I believe they were leaked on the 17th.
It's too bad that this wasn't passed on to certain parties earlier. And good job on having a 'heated' discussion and managing to keep a frame of mind to plant some tidbits in there all in an effort to catch a spy that turned out not to be a spy and only shared logs after the blacklisting.
Segovia commented on Ejayrazz's blog entry in Ejayrazz's Blog5k tech at 100 tech for 3 mil is $150,000,000. Also, my alliance gave an estimate based off of damages received and what we came up with was not set in stone, as I told quite a few people. Perhaps people should wait until the talks are done before you throw a hissy fit.
Segovia replied to Iotupa's topic in Alliance Announcements (IC)Wow... I have to say that this is interesting.. Well, guys, I hope you guys don't send away Ark as our diplomat. He's a good guy. Good luck and I hope this works out for you.