[SimRTK FORUM RULES]
In addition to the extensive Game Rules, there are also general rules for conduct in this community. They are all outlined below. The only way you really get banned on a gameplay level is by cheating, but through your conduct in the forum (and associated chats through IRC, instant message clients, or email) you can get warnings for other things. Planning Halls are not exempt from the rules. Before you start posting here it is strongly advised you make yourself familiar with these rules, as you will be held to them as soon as you make your first post.
There are two kinds of warnings, normal warnings and major warnings. A normal warning is generally a nod saying "shape up and don’t do this again;" if you stack up more than two or three of these in short order, you may be banned on a temporary (two-week) or permanent basis. Major warnings, on the other hand, are generally ban warnings in and of themselves stating that if you repeat a certain offense you will
be removed from the game. There is no exact system for determining how you are banned: serious violations can always immediately remove you from the forum, while multiple small violations may gain more leeway.
A note on reporting rule violations that take place over Private Messages, IRC, or chat clients like AOL Instant Messenger. First, save a text copy in full of the violation and do not delete the original message (if a Private Message). Second, take a screenshot, and finally, report the incident to a Game Master or Administrator. Once you have reported it, they will ask you for the screenshot and can receive it over AOL Instant Messenger or by email. Stay in touch for future correspondence. If you feel it was handled improperly, go to an Administrator (or a different one if you went to an Administrator initially).Plagiarism
The rules of the SIMRTK, its mechanics, its formats and any other work produced by the organisation are entirely the intellectual property and copyright of SimRTK. Any attempts to copy, or reproduce our rules in any shape or form will result in legal action, and banning of all
users associated with the offense.
Likewise, plagiarism on the forum from other sources (artwork, historical documents, etc.) for any purpose may result in warnings.Cheating
Cheating is circumventing or lying around game rules in an effort to further your character outside normal game parameters. Multiple accounts are illegal and are a primary way to get banned (please see the section on IP sharing if you are sharing a connection with another person, as we use IP addresses to determine multiple accounts). A violation will usually result in an immediate ban.Multiple Accounts (IMPORTANT)
It is illegal for a member to have more than one account on SimRTK. If you are caught with multiple accounts, and it is determined that the action was done to cheat or get a reroll without penalty, you will be banned. Sign up a single account when you join the Sim and keep that account from the day you make it. You can, however, share an IP/computer with friends and family. To do this please read the section on IP Sharing
Flaming is the act of openly attacking other players out of character (OOC), or using in character (IC) means to attack them for OOC reasons. Your characters can be hostile with others (to sensibile limits), but the moment you make that hostility toward the player and not the character, you will be given a flame warning. Exceptionally bad flames against other members will earn you a ban warning or possibly even a ban. Keep in mind that you can get flame warnings for personal attacks that take place off the forum itself as well.Trolling
Trolling is the act of making comments or taking actions that are taken with the sole intent of angering and provoking other members. Trolling is an Out of Character offense. Doing this will earn you a troll warning (a major warning) and if serious enough maybe even a ban warning or ban. You can provoke people In Character all you want, as long as you don't break other forum rules in the process.
It is possible to get a troll warning and a flame warning from one post. Do not respond to provocations or you can get a flame warning as well. Let the administration do their job. Language
Vulgar language is not acceptable. We are lenient about this issue depending on the forum, but don’t go overboard. If you use vulgar language frivolously you will be warned or banned. If the language filter starts editing your posts you will know you are using an unacceptable term. What is vulgar language? Anything that offends the majority. Again, this is not something for you to decide and we will not accept the excuse of “I don’t think it was a bad word”. This rule also applies to the IRC chat room, but may not be applied to instant messenger or email chats.Sexual Harassment
Sexual harassment is the act of making unwanted or offensive sexual advances to another member, making sexually offensive remarks, or any sexually offensive acts you might be able to manage over the Internet. At SimRTK, a game which is designed to be a friendly atmosphere for both men and women to have fun and relax, we take this violation more seriously than any other. Proven cases of major sexual harassment will result in immediate and permanent bans. Cases with significant evidence but no solid proof may also result in immediate and permanent bans, or a sexual harassment warning. Minor offenses will also result in sexual harassment warnings. Examples will not be provided; this is a matter of common sense and we will not hesitate to remove members who cannot agree to this simple rule of respect.Spamming
Spamming is the posting of useless content which does not contribute to the forum in any way. This includes off-topic posts (such as talking about video games in the OOC thread), generally poor role-play (e.g. most one-line posts), replies that contribute nothing to the thread in which they were posted (e.g. posting just to say yes), posts with emoticons only (:)
!), or absolutely terrible English dominant in a post (e.g. lollol that was great!!!!11!11 lolololo). This also includes posting unwelcome advertising messages or OOC in audience halls or roleplay threads. Breaking this rule will get you a spam warning (a normal warning).Avatars
Your avatar may be no wider than 64 pixels, and no taller than 80 pixels. It may not be over 6KBs in size, and must be either JPG or GIF format. Animated GIFs are allowed, as long as they are quiet (not distracting), have only a few frames, and meet the other requirements. Your avatar must not be offensive to other members of the forum. If you violate this rule you will probably be notified, at which point you must immediately remove or change your avatar. Failure to do so will result in a loss of avatar privileges.Signatures
Use only the default colors and text sizes in your signature. You may include links in your signature, but do not include excessive vertical blank space. You may not place images of any kind in your signature. Keep your overall signature below seven lines of text. It is also required that you have a link to your current
officer info, age, and your stats and skills in your signature. Yes, both. Also, since it makes it a lot easier to read and process, the skills must be in alphabetical order.
If you break this rule you will generally be notified by Private Message, and if you fail to comply with rule requests you may receive a general forum warning.