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      Cyber Nations Forum Rules   07/03/2016

        Cyber 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
      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
      The revealing of the private identities of any Cyber Nations staffers past or present is strictly prohibited, and thus no speculation/accusation of identity is allowed. Doing so is grounds for moderator action against your account appropriate to the offense, including a full forum/game ban.   Claims of moderator bias should be directed to the highest level of authority--the Head Game & Forum Mod/Admin, Keelah. Claims of moderator bias without supporting evidence is grounds for a warning.   Blatant disrespect of the moderator staff is strictly prohibited. This includes but is not limited to spoofing moderator accounts in any way, sig/avatar references, baiting, flaming, rude demands, mocking, attitude, and unsubstantiated claims of bias. They are volunteers hired to enforce the rules. If you have a problem with the way a moderator is enforcing the rules or the rules themselves please contact Keelah.   Attempting to use the moderation staff as a weapon by abusing the report system in an attempt to get another player warned or banned is strictly prohibited.   Do not ask about becoming or campaign to become a moderator. The moderators are drawn from CN membership but moderation positions are by invitation only. Asking to become one will substantially decrease your chances of ever being asked.   Aiding Rule Violators
      Any user found to know of a serious rule violation without reporting it to a game moderator (eg. knowledge of a user with multiple nations) will be given a warning or, in more serious cases, have their nation deleted.   Aiding Banned Players
      Any user found to be harboring, aiding or otherwise knowingly helping a banned user will be deleted. This includes knowing of their existence within the game without reporting it to the game-moderation staff.   Questionable Actions and Content
      The forum rules are not designed to cover every scenario. Any action that is seen to be counter-productive or harmful to the forum community may be met with moderator action against your account. The Cyber Nations Moderation Staff reserves the right to take action against your account without warning for any reason at any time.   Private Transactions
      Nation selling and other private transactions via such auction sites like eBay is against the Cyber Nations terms and conditions. While our moderators cannot control what people do outside of the game you are not allowed to promote such private exchanges on our forums without expressed permission from admin only. Anyone found to be engaging in such activity without permission will be banned from the game.   Advertising
      Advertising other browser games and forums is prohibited. Soliciting donations towards commercial causes is also prohibited. If you wish to ask for donations towards a charitable cause, please contact a moderator before doing so.   Extorting Donations
      Donations are excluded from any kind of IC payment. Anyone found extorting others for OOC payments will be warned in-game and/or banned.   Third Party Software
      Third party software is not allowed to be advertised on these forums by any means (post, signature, PM, etc). These programs can easily be used to put malware on the user's computer, and as such can cause huge security issues. Anybody who is caught spreading links to these will at the very least have their warning level increased.   Other Forum Terms & Rules   Please take a moment to review these rules detailed below. If you agree with them and wish to proceed with the registration, simply click the "Register" button below. To cancel this registration, simply hit the 'back' button on your browser.   Please remember that we are not responsible for any messages posted. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. USE THE WEB SITE AT YOUR OWN RISK. We will not be liable for any damages for any reason. THIS WEB SITE IS PROVIDED TO YOU "AS IS," WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED.   The messages express the views of the author of the message, not necessarily the views of this bulletin board. Any user who feels that a posted message is objectionable is encouraged to contact us immediately by email. We have the ability to remove objectionable messages and we will make every effort to do so, within a reasonable time frame, if we determine that removal is necessary.   You agree, through your use of this service, that you will not use this bulletin board to post any material which is knowingly false and/or defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy, or otherwise violative of any law.   You agree not to post any copyrighted material unless the copyright is owned by you or by this bulletin board.
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Moderation Announcements

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Calculator Tools

by Sword of Estel

It has come to our attention that a number of player-created tools have been released recently. Some of these even require the user to enter their login information. DO NOT USE THESE TOOLS. To do so is to possibly compromise your own nation and/or your computer's security.

SECURITY ALERT: Do not use downloaded custom created calculators or other tools that purport to help analyze your nation, especially if these tools ask you to enter your login information. These tools can possibly compromise your login credentials and/or install viruses on your computer. Only use tools from sources that you trust.

Spread the word!

Private Exchanges

by The Mod

It has come to the attention of the Game Staff that users within the game have sent other nations real life money for in-game foreign aid. This is in violation of line 19 of the site terms of use located here. If you are caught doing so, it will result in your nation being deleted.

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Signature reminder

With the return of image tags I would like to remind you all of the current rules for signatures on these boards. As stated here:

Signatures

Those who fail to read and comply by these rules will have their signatures 'fixed' without warning. You may have only 1 picture per signature which may not exceed the maximum size described below. You may have no more than 8 lines of text and text size cannot exceed size 4. Each quote-tag and image count as a line.

Signature pictures must adhere to a total area of 450x150. Please don't message the moderation staff asking for an exemption as one will not be granted.

If you are unsure of the size of the image you wish to put in your signature simply right-click (ctrl-click on Mac OS) and select "properties", which should give you the dimensions. Please remember: only one signature image no more than 450 pixels in length and 150 pixels in height.

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Regarding IRC and passwords.

Attention all members of the Cyber Nations community

Some users have recently been infected with a worm and/or virus while using IRC. While we have always encouraged separate passwords for your forum, game, and IRC accounts, it would be wise that you change them if they are all the same so you can protect your nation/forum account. All users should be cautious if IRC is not acting normal, and NEVER accept any .exe or other files from IRC no matter who is sending them to you.

Thanks

~ Moderation Staff

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The Public Archive

If anyone feels that a certain topic should be moved there, they can PM me with a link to the topic and the reason(s) why they think it deserves to be there.

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Clarification of Clause 2 the Cyber Nations Terms and Conditions of Service

2. Cyber Nations is a free online nation simulation game that is intended to be a fun place to try your hand at ruling a simulated nation. The nations are not real, the money that your nation earns is not real, the politics, the wars, the religions, none of it is real. What is real are the players of Cyber Nations. By using this service you agree not to use rude, inappropriate, threatening, harassing, malicious, defamatory, or obscene comments, messages, ruler names, nation names or bios or any other such offensive or harmful content. Users agree to not engage in extortion of real life possessions of other players in response to in-game situations or vice versa. Impersonating any of the Cyber Nations staff may result in the player's immediate ban. Moderator Harassment will not be tolerated in this game.

Regarding the bolded part in the above quoted text:

Real-life possessions include, but are not limited to, offsite forums, domain names, offsite forum accounts, and any tangible possession or currency. It is the judgement of the senior staff that compelling an alliance to give increased access on an offsite forum through the threat of ingame action is in violation of this clause. There have been a few instances of this in the past few days that have not escaped our notice. In the interest of fairness to all parties involved we feel we need to clarify this clause so that everyone is on the same page regarding it. No action will be taken against the perpetrators of the recent incidents but in the future such things will be dealt with harshly.

Any further infractions of this policy should be immediately reported to the Cyber Nations Senior Staff for action. Don't argue with the parties demanding things from you, don't agree to hand over what they are demanding - just come to us and we will look into it.

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This is a reminder that the Open World Forum is NOT the proper area to advertise technology sales/purchases.

Please post threads pertaining to the sale of technology, donations, etc. in the BLACK MARKET FORUM. Threads posted in the Open World Forum will be LOCKED on sight.

Thank you.

The Cyber Nations Moderation Staff

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Open World RP Rules and Guidelines

First and foremost--ALL REGULAR FORUM RULES APPLY in addition to the RP guidelines. Read them. Learn them. Live them.

These guidelines apply ONLY in Open World RP and its subforums.

PREFACE

Open World RP is the epicentre of the game's broader political stage. This is where alliances forge and break treaties, declare and march to war, argue philosophy and pedantry. All posting pertaining to the alliance-based political structure of the game is designated in this area. This forum is not for trade requests or tech deals! Please refer to this forum for those activities. Foreign aid requests are not for this forum; they go here.

DEFINITIONS

Roleplay - Roleplay is acting, speaking, or playing in any manner that doesn't reflect you the player. Roleplay is make believe. It's fiction at its finest. It's not real. Therefore, anything you roleplay does not happen in real life. It has no effect on the game mechanics at all, it is simply used to amplify the experience of you, the player on this site.

In Character (IC) - In Character means that the player is speaking as the leader of their nation or some other citizen of the fictional Cyber Nations world. Anything said is spoken from the viewpoint of that character and has no bearing on the player's emotions or feelings in real life. Forums labeled as In-Character within the Open World RP Forum must adhere to this posting style. References to game mechanics, forums, and IRC are permitted but references to "real life" are not. A degree of OOC commentary is permissible so long as it does not make up the majority of your post, and only given that it is labeled with an "OOC:" designation.

Out of Character (OOC) - Out of Character means the player is speaking as themselves, a human sitting at a computer, playing a game. As this posting style is "beyond the game" it is expected that players will treat it as such and not bring personal feuds or broader conflicts into OOC forums. References prohibited in IC forums are permissible here within the limits of the forum rules.

THE FORUMS

Open World RP - This is an OOC subforum. In fact, it is the OOC forum for discussion of global politics and the game itself as it pertains thereof. Statistical compilations, OOC commentary and reflections, and anything else OOC should go in this forum. Threads that are not OOC will be promptly moved by moderators to the appropriate area. Threads not directly relating to Cyber Nations should be directed to The Water Cooler. Announcements and reminders from the moderation staff will be made in this forum.

Alliance Announcements - This is an IC subforum. Alliance representatives may come here to post -- you guessed it -- announcements, updates, reports, newsletters, and the like. Whether it's a treaty, declaration of war, or just a restatement of policy, if your alliance has something official to say this is the place to say it. (Remember that alliance recruitment topics still go here).

World Affairs - This is an IC subforum. The hub of happenings in Cyber Nations, members of independent nations and alliances alike gather here for juicy gossip and drama alike. Discussions of trends and happenings on the political scene, of philosophy, of policy, and of anything else relating to game-driven politics that is IC goes in here.

SUBJECT CONTENT

The depiction of brutally inhumane acts, ethnic cleansing, and sexually explicit engagements or material, in image or text form, is strictly prohibited. Please remember in accordance with the forum rules that backseat moderating and mention/discussion of moderation issues in these forums is prohibited. Phrases such as "in before lock" and the like is prohibited. The unauthorised publishing of alliance nation guides is prohibited. The posting of any person's real life or personal information is strictly prohibited. All content is subject to moderator action/removal as is your account in accordance with the above and the forum rules. If you are unsure of the legality of something you wish to post, contact a moderator.

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The Moderation team has become aware of a trend in the In-Character subforums. Many players are making posts in IC threads that contain isolated words or phrases mid-sentence surrounded by [OOC] faux-BBCode tags. We would like to remind players that at this time such posts are considered attempted circumvention of the IC nature of these forums, especially where the overall meaning of the post is clearly OOC.

Please note that this does not prohibit OOC tags altogether, but merely the interjection of them into the middle of a sentence. The respective IC and OOC parts of a post should remain separated. An example of improper use of OOC tags would be such:

I haven't been able to keep up with politics lately due to [ooc]real life[/ooc].

An example of proper use of OOC tags, however, would be:

I have been too busy to keep up with politics lately.

OOC: Real life is taking up my time.

This topic is currently under discussion in the Moderation forum, here. Further clarification of the current policy on this subject may be found in the same thread, here. Users are encouraged to participate in this policy discussion; please remember to keep the politics at the door and follow the guidelines of the Moderation forum.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Edited by Manwe
Added clarification

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In the rare cases in which serious issues relating to people's real lives are brought onto the forums, as a community there should be nothing but support. However, we realize not everyone is so inclined, and as such nobody is requiring you to feign sympathy. If someone takes issue with how an individual handles a real life situation, they are perfectly free to not provide any support, simply by [i]not posting[/i]. These forums are not the place to criticize people for how they handle real life situations. Yes, posts are being removed and users are being warned. This is exactly the kind of scenario that the Questionable Actions & Content rule was written for:

[quote][b]Questionable Actions and Content[/b]
The forum rules are not designed to cover every scenario. Any action that is seen to be counter-productive or harmful to the forum community may be met with moderator action against your account. The Cyber Nations Moderation Staff reserves the right to take action against your account without warning for any reason at any time.[/quote]

We are not the Thought Police. We don't really care if you like, dislike, adore or loathe any other member of this community. It's none of our business. What is our business is when that is expressed through trolling on this forum. You are all perfectly capable of finding relevant information and expressing your opinion on it through a medium other than this forum.

tl;dr

Basic courtesy is expected when posting out-of-character, and not mentioning out-of-character situations is expected when posting in-character. There is no room in the rules for mocking someone for an out-of-character situation. If you feel the need to do so, find some other venue. This forum is not the place.

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[size=5]Clarification of Use of Out-of-Character Tags in In-Character Forums[/size]

Pinned threads in In-Character Sub-forums have been updated to further clarify in [i]one[/i] location the appropriate use of OOC tags that were previously linked to in [url=http://forums.cybernations.net/index.php?showtopic=67504&view=findpost&p=1823292]this discussion[/url] and included moderation clarification on OOC tag usage.


[quote]A reminder of some rules that are important to remember in this forum, and especially in times of war when the feelings get heated:

[u][b]What is not allowed:[/b][/u]

* mentioning or alluding to "real life," including referring to a so-called game, a server, players, and other related terms.
* flaming. That's right, flaming is still not allowed, even during a war. Imagine that!
* spam posts and attempts to e-lawyer your way around what is considered a spam post (one-word or multi-word contentless posts, images posted with no, one, or contentless words, any combination of annoying contentless spam phrases, posts like "interesting," "this is interesting," etc that contribute nothing other than a +1 to your post count, "in before X" posts, etc).
* mentioning or alluding to Moderation issues or reporting other leaders ("your post is breaking X rule," "I'm reporting you for X rule infraction," etc)

[u][b]What[i] is [/i]allowed:[/b][/u]

* telling the world about your alliance/alliance business or sharing your opinion about other alliances/alliance business as a leader of your nation.
* mention of IRC and forums. These are considered as means of communications between leaders.

[i]If you encounter what you believe to be a rule infraction, post it [/i][url="http://forums.cybernations.net/index.php?showforum=21"]here[/url] [i]following the pinned guidelines.[/i]

Alliance leaders, please feel free to encourage your members to read this thread and make a renewed effort to follow the rules. The ninjas will appreciate it.

[u][b]The use of OOC Tags:[/b][/u]

* Putting OOC tags around one word is merely attempting to circumvent the roleplay rules around certain words that fly in the face of what the roleplay section is about. Most notably: game.
* Using OOC tags around an entire post is merely a blatant attempt to make an OOC post in an IC forum without getting caught.
* Using spam to "fill" in a post that is made of majority of the above is not allowed.

For a further detail description of what is an appropriate and inappropriate use of OOC tags refer to Megabyte's post [url=http://forums.cybernations.net/index.php?showtopic=67504&view=findpost&p=1823292]here[/url].[/quote]

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Small change to the in-game rules regarding Nation Sitting:

 

You will never be allowed to aid, trade, or war with/along side of the nation you sit again. Any outstanding trades or foreign aid will be cancelled and marked as cheating as soon as the sitter logs on to the sat nation.

 

You will now be allowed to aid, trade, or war with/along side a nation you have sat in the past. However, this doesn't change that you cannot aid, trade, or war with/along side a nation you are currently involved in a nation sitting agreement with - those will still be cancelled and marked as cheating as soon as the sitter logs on to the sat nation.

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Regarding Tinypic Links

 

It has recently come to our attention that there are issues with tinypic replacing images at random, in some cases, replacing the image with images deemed inappropriate for these forums. As a result, we have blocked tinypic links. If you are a tinypic user, please switch image hosts.

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Changes to the Moderation Reporting Forums

 

As a note to preface this thread, this thread is ONLY to announce the changes made to the report forums and any questions pertaining to such changes. Any other post that strays from that topic and/or discussion in regards to other moderation topics will receive a full warn for the violation.

 

All the forums under this main forum are now set up that when a person makes a report or request, such as warn level reductions or being unbanned, only the player and moderators can see the thread and discussion. 

 

The pinned threads have been moved over to forum announcements located at the top of each area.

 

This will help assist in de-politicizing moderation and reports as well as allow players to post without interference from others.

 

As a reminder, players may still also feel free to message privately any moderator.

 

http://forums.cybernations.net/index.php?/topic/127298-change-to-moderation-reporting-forums/

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