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Terms Of Conduct - Read Me First - REVISED OCT. 10, 2012
« on: October 11, 2012, 01:49:58 am »

OKGAMERS CODE OF CONDUCT


Welcome to OKgamers.com's forums! Below are the guidelines for participating in the community. By being a part of the OKgamers community, you must agree to all these rules as well as understand that they are subject to change at any time without notice.


Index
1.   Basic Rules
2.   Warning System
3.   Topic Creation Guidelines
4.   Posting Guidelines


1.   Basic Rules

-   Do not attack, threaten, or disrespect a business.
-   Moderator and Admin decisions on what breaks these guidelines is final.
-   OKGamers reserves the right to modify these rules at anytime.
-   Maintain a PG level of language. Use of crass profanity, racial slurs, or abusive language will not be tolerated.

-   Be civil and supportive of all.
-   No abusive attitudes or bullying. Kindness builds communities.
-   Never encourage harming oneself or others.
-   Show respect for race, ethnicity, gender and nationality.
-   Do not stalk, harass, threaten, troll, or disrespect other users.
-   Do not post or PM images that are pornographic, threatening, embarrassing, hateful, racially or ethnically insulting, libelous, or make them available in any way.
-   No not make unsolicited offers, advertisements, proposals, chain letters, or send junk mail to other users
-   Never impersonate another person or access another user's account.
-   Use of multiple accounts will not be tolerated.
-   Do not share your password with a third party or encourage another user to do so.
-   Never misrepresent the source, identity, or content of information transmitted via the forum (eg: claiming a created work as your own that is not yours).
-   Never use the forum for any illegal purpose.
-   Do not interfere with any security-related features.
-   Intentionally post inflammatory statements to get responses (aka trolling).
-   Do not use 1337 speak or tricks to get around a word filter


2.   Warning System

When you break a rule on OKGamers, you are given a warning. You can receive up to three (3) warnings before administrative action is taken. Depending on the offenses and history, this can result in either a suspension or a permanent banning.

If behavior remains unsatisfactory shortly after the return from suspension, your account will be permanently banned.

First offense – Post is deleted/modified and a PM will be sent
Second offense – Post is deleted/modified and a PM will be sent with a stern warning
Third offense – Immediate administrative action will be taken, resulting in a suspension or a ban

If you feel that your account, post or other content was moderated in error, please send a PM to a moderator (Moosterz or ThirdMarioBro) so that it can be discussed.



3.   Topic Creation Guidelines

When creating a topic in the forums, if you follow these simple guidelines, it will make help users be able to find your topic and generate more responses.

Find the forum which best fits your topic
If you place your topic in the appropriate forum section, you will be showing your respect for the community and garner better responses.
Clearly identify your subject matter in your thread title to help others understand your topic more easily.

If you have a question about something
Before posting your question -- search the forum!
Your question or comment may have already been discussed, answered, or resolved previously. You'll be surprised how many people may have already had a similar issue. Save everyone a little time and search.

Tournaments and Events Board
When creating a topic in the Tournaments and Events Board, your thread must follow this format:

City - Event - Date

We do this so others can quickly see what events are happening in their area without having to enter every topic. If you create a thread on this board without following the format, you will be asked to change it within 24 hours, during which time either you or a moderator will change it to fit the format. Keep in mind that moderators are usually busy and, if you do not edit your title to fit the standard before a moderator does, you may have missed out on people who were interested in your tournament. Events pop up quickly and you don't want yours to be buried because it was difficult to read!

Also, make sure that, when you create a topic in this board you include as much information as possible in an organized manner. The more information that you can provide, the better it will educate people on what they need to know without having to ask too many questions. It’s also important to keep it organized. If it’s just a poorly formatted wall of text, then no one is going to want to read it.

If you need an example of what is usually posted, try checking the other topics in the board before posting up yours.

4.   Posting Guidelines

Here is a list of posting guidelines that you are expected to follow on OKGamers.com. Please be aware that, while some of them are not exactly rules, please try to conduct yourself in a mature manner at all times.

Welcome newcomers

Do not chastise them for not reading the forum etiquette, simply link them to any rules or recommendations on how to properly conduct themselves. Make them feel welcome in the community.
If you don't have anything to say, don't say it.
If a person posts hundreds of posts just saying "LOL" or a few smilies, nobody is going to take that person seriously. For the people that use OKGamers.com, respect comes from post content, not post count.

Stay on topic

These can be very busy forums, so please pay attention to the subject matter of your posts, and check that it still relates to the topic and forum to which you are posting.

Help others
OKGamers.com is a community and works best when people share information.

If you don't know the answer
If someone asks a question to which you don't know the answer don't respond by saying, "I don't know." It’s better to not respond or, better still, post the member name of someone who might be able to help.

Check your facts
If you're not certain what you're about to post, check the facts. No one will listen to you if you keep getting things wrong.

Confused by a poorly written post?
Ask for clarification, don't mock the author. Post authors vary in age from 13 to 20+ years old, thus levels of education differ significantly. Do not discriminate against someone younger than you. OKGamers is not here to make people feel good about themselves by putting others beneath them.

Getting complaints about your posts being unclear or poorly written?

Please remember people use this site as a resource and wish to understand what you’re saying. Take the few extra seconds to preview what you've read and make sure it actually makes sense in the context of the conversation topic in the thread your posting to.
Posting something only halfway written gets across no meaning.

How you can make a difference when encountering unsupportive or rude members

Report the user for misconduct or PM a moderator.

Report inappropriate posts
OKGamers prides itself on being a fun, friendly, and supportive forum. If you see any content that is against the OKGamers guidelines, please report the post or send a PM to a moderator.

What to do when encountering spam

Do not reply to it (it takes moderators longer to remove it if you reply) and report the post for misconduct or PM a moderator.

Content You Post on OKGamers.com

Remember that OKGamers is a free online community open to the public and other people will have access to your content. This means that any post you make could be copied, modified, or distributed in some way. When you post content on OKGamers.com, you are giving OKGamers the right to use that content. We might remove it, edit it, or use it for our advertising. What this means is that OKGamers.com is not required to remove something you posted, that your post is no longer your personal property, and you have given it to the community.

If you are interested in becoming a part of the OKGamers’ staff and want to help make Oklahoma a place for gamers, please check out our staff wanted thread.


OKGamers reserves the right to make changes to this Code of Conduct at anytime at their discretion and by registering on the OKGamers’ forums, you are agreeing to the above terms and any changes that may be made.
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