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  • Items changed, or highlighted for future attention, on 20 July 2013 are highlighted in yellow.
Global Rules
  • Forum moderators may or may not be Tripwire Interactive staff members, but either way, please respect them, as they are the authority of the forums. Speaking to them with intentional spite will not be tolerated and may result in the loss of your forum privileges.
  • Any decisions made by any member of staff or moderator are final and not subject to discussion. Doing so may result in a ban from the site. The owners of Tripwire Interactive Forums reserve the right to remove, edit, move or close any thread for any reason, as well as to remove access to the forums for any individuals with or without warning for breaches of the rules.
  • If you have a complaint regarding another user, PM the appropriate moderators, or if you have an administrative issue, [RO]schneidzekk.
General Behaviour
  • Use the search function before posting. Chances are your question has already been answered.
  • Use a title that describes the content of your post. Don't use all caps or special characters to draw attention either in the title or the body of the post.
  • Up to 10 emoticons are allowed in a post
  • Political discussions are prohibited.
  • Flaming - We do not tolerate abusive, malicious, personal attacks. You will be banned if you persist in this behavior.
  • Trolls - Anyone deliberately antagonizing other forum users by posting 'flame bait' type messages is not welcome. You will be banned (possibly without warning depending on the severity of the issue) if you persist in this behavior.
  • Personal insults (directed at anyone) will result in a ban. If the behavior is not corrected, it will be made more permanent.
  • Constructive criticism is welcome. However keep in mind we (and other forums goers) may not agree with you. If you can't keep the conversation civil, you will be removed from the forums.
  • The use of hyperbole, one liners, and images as part of a forum debate is likely to get you infracted. You have many ways to participate and be a constructive part of this community, even when you disagree.
  • To make the highlighted bits above 100% clear to everyone, the following WILL NOT BE TOLERATED:
    1. Personal attacks, insults, antagonism of any forum-goers, moderators or Tripwire Interactive staff.
    2. Breaches of confidentiality and privacy of any sort.
    3. Any form of racism, bigotry or attacks on race, creed or color.
    4. Linking to posts on other forums related to ANY of the above, whether you are the originator or not, without exception.
  • There has been too much in the way of abhorrent personal behaviors in the past. These will cease. It doesn't matter who started it or who reacted to it - it will all result in moderator action. If you have to indulge your hatreds, for whatever reason, go do it elsewhere - and do not try and drag our forum-goers over to enjoy your hatreds.
  • We understand that people have strong feelings about our games, what we do for a living and how we respond (or don't) to comments on the forums. We all aren't going to agree about everything. So, BE CIVIL in your disagreements!
DO NOTs
  • DO NOT Transmit any message, information, data, text, software or graphic files, or other materials ("Content") that is unlawful (including illegal drug usage), harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, libelous, hateful or racially, ethnically, sexually or otherwise objectionable. This includes publicizing private information, such as individual's real names, IP addresses and anything else that might be used to identify them to the freakier members of the internet. This also means you may NOT publically share private communications (PM, email or anything else) without the original poster's permission.
  • DO NOT Post or transmit any Content that contains a virus, Trojan horse or other mischievous Content.
  • DO NOT Post or transmit any unsolicited advertising, promotional materials, "junk mail", "spam", "chain letters", "pyramid schemes" or any other form of solicitation.
  • DO NOT link to posts on any other forums, or any other form of media, that breaches our rules. It will be treated just the same as if you had posted it here.
  • DO NOT Double Post, cross Post or restart closed threads.
  • DO NOT Intentionally or unintentionally violate any applicable local, state, national or international law, rule or regulation.
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  • DO NOT post cheats or exploits; THIS INCLUDES ALL/ANY REFERENCES TO HACKING, PIRATED SOFTWARE etc.
  • DO NOT complain about being banned from a server and DO NOT complain about other players on servers - that is between you and the admin, no need to get the community involved.
Username, Avatar and Signature Rules
  • Multiple registrations result in a ban.
  • No offensive user names
  • Avatars:
    Avatars are disabled.
  • All signatures should not exceed the following size limits, you can have both text and images
  • - For text signatures: 4 lines normal size, 8 lines small size and up to 100 chars per line. Font sizes above 2 are not allowed. (Blank lines count as lines.)
  • - For images in signatures: 1 image up to 400 pixels wide, 150 pixels tall and 100kb in size plus 2 lines normal size text and up to 100 chars per line
Netiquette: Written text has no inflection, and, as such, you should be careful how you write your messages as interpretation will vary from person to person. Please take advantage of the built-in emoticons to add such expression to your words. Please remember the golden rule: to treat other forum users the way you would like to be treated. Please use common courtesy, and enjoy using Red Orchestra's forums
Offensive material
The following is a list of some things that MAY be considered "offensive" by the moderators and the team. This is NOT an exclusive list and it does depend very much on context.

Crossing the line into "offensive" territory is likely to get you asked to change your name, sig or avatar or to withdraw/delete posts. This will be done politely by the moderators. If you refuse to comply further action WILL be taken once started, ultimately leading to banning from the forums.

A key point: please attempt to use your brains. What is mild humour to you may well be deeply offensive to others. While we have no intention of acting as politically-correct "thought police", we are on the lookout for those things that can cause offense and, in some cases, are actually still illegal in some jurisdictions.
  1. Names recalling notorious war criminals or personalities.
  2. Names recalling atrocities and war crimes in general, or units with particularly odious histories.
  3. Use of obscenities and expletives.
  4. Blatant racism, mysogynism or many other "ism"s.
  5. Use of symbolism and regalia recalling Nazism or Fascism; this does not include pics of soldiers who happen to have such symbols on their uniform, unless we feel this has been done to provoke. Please note that many Nazi symbols (including the Swastika) are still illegal in Germany and other countries and considered deeply offensive by many Europeans.
  6. Use of symbolism and regalia recalling Stalinism.
  7. On both the previous two, the moderators' views on the intention and impact of use of such symbols will be final - not yours. Please be understanding if you are advised to change something.
  8. In general, if a sig/avatar represents your allegiances in-game and is clearly "in part", it is likely to be fine; if the moderators feel you are trying to demonstrate unpalatable political allegiances, or to use it in an attempt to ridicule or provoke others you WILL be asked to change it. RO is NOT the place to make any extremist political statements of any kind.
Examples:
So people get the idea, some examples that would be considered offensive, numbered as above:
  1. "Hitler", "Beria"
  2. "NKVD Blocking Detachment", "Einsatzgruppen"
  3. This one should be pretty obvious...
  4. So should this - and it includes calling all Germans "Nazis" and all Soviets/Russians "Commies". It got boring 50 years ago, so stop it.
  5. Use of swastikas, fasces, SS-runes and so on for the Axis.
  6. There is actually very little overt symbolism from the Stalinist era; the hammer-and-sickle isn't offensive per se.
A simple rule-of-thumb: many Europeans find Nazi symbolism of any sort offensive; many Americans still find Soviet symbolism offensive. Engage your brain before using.




Final Note: this is NOT open to debate, so please do NOT start whining and moaning if a moderator asks you to change something. They will advise at first, giving reasons, then, if you take no notice, they will step up the pressure through to banning.
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  • 25 July 2013: Updated Forum Rules - PLEASE READ

    We have been through a process of updating the Tripwire Interactive Forum Rules to make them even more clear than they have been in the past. This is primarily to address behaviors that we don't want to see on our forums, where people are indulging in personal (written) attacks on each other.

    The updated forums rules are always available to read: http://forums.tripwireinteractive.co...t.php?f=72&a=1

    I strongly advise people to go and read them. They will be applied whether you read them or not - all forum-goers will receive this message to make the point.

  • #2
    Just out of curiosity, which sub-forum is the most major reason for updating the rules to what they now are?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Arblarg View Post
      Just out of curiosity, which sub-forum is the most major reason for updating the rules to what they now are?
      Agreed.
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      • #4
        Why this?

        Originally posted by [TW]Wilsonam View Post
        This is primarily to address behaviors that we don't want to see on our forums, where people are indulging in personal (written) attacks on each other.
        Well, was this so necessary? I mean... DAMN! Why do people have to act like this? They have to be reminded that they cannot hurt people in any way possible -.- it's just a shame, a real shame ...
        I hope this warning does what it is supposed to do!

        Cheers

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        • #5
          Originally posted by [TW]Wilsonam View Post
          This is primarily to address behaviors that we don't want to see on our forums, where people are indulging in personal (written) attacks on each other.
          Well, was this so necessary? I mean... DAMN! Why do people have to act like this? They have to be reminded that they cannot hurt people in any way possible -.- it's just a shame, a real shame ...
          I hope this warning does what it is supposed to do!

          Cheers

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          • #6
            Me gusta

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Arblarg View Post
              Just out of curiosity, which sub-forum is the most major reason for updating the rules to what they now are?
              No idea - we weren't doing any specific count. Just noticing that some people were unable to disagree with other forum users, the moderators or staff without getting spiteful.

              So please all disagree nicely

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              • #8
                A question on one of the "banned" items.

                Firstly,
                Hi, I'm brand new, so i have no idea what's been going on in the forums. Based on the changes, it sounds like they were needed.

                I like the tone of the rules, too - down-to-earth, no Lawyer babble, a human actually wrote this.

                I also like the bit where it says that TWI guys actually read the forums.


                To my point:
                at the bottom of the announcement is this:
                5. Use of swastikas, fasces, SS-runes and so on for the Axis

                What's wrong or racist about the fasces? it's a symbol of "Strength in Unity" - I didn't think it had any real negative connotations. I am wondering if instead you may have meant "faeces"?

                I couldn't see myself referring to the fasces anyway - I only play KF, I haven't tried RO - but I was just curious when I saw that.

                Another observation:
                I find the Dark Red colour against the grey to be quite difficult to distinguish/read. Might I suggest that another colour should be used? the orange that I used above seems to work well. Or possibly the TWI beige?

                Thanks to TWI for KF. I have a new favourite game.
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                • #9
                  <Calling all Germans "Nazis" and all Soviets/Russians "Commies">, that's pretty interesting. From all I know, and what can be found in any XXth century history book, all Soviets were communists. Of course word "commie" is considered offensive, but this rule isn't about that, it's about unjustified generalization and calling all Soviets communists is certainly not that. Please consider rephrasing, because right now it's just silly.
                  Also, I would risk an opinion that "Soviet symbolism" is considered more offensive in Central and Eastern Europe, where Soviets murdered millions, than in USA.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Leprykon View Post
                    <Calling all Germans "Nazis" and all Soviets/Russians "Commies">, that's pretty interesting. From all I know, and what can be found in any XXth century history book, all Soviets were communists. Of course word "commie" is considered offensive, but this rule isn't about that, it's about unjustified generalization and calling all Soviets communists is certainly not that. Please consider rephrasing, because right now it's just silly.
                    Also, I would risk an opinion that "Soviet symbolism" is considered more offensive in Central and Eastern Europe, where Soviets murdered millions, than in USA.
                    To be picky: "Soviets" refers to all those citizens of the (now-defunct) USSR. At peak, around 10-20% were actual members of the communist party. The rest were just "under communist rule". Which means that the majority of Soviet citizens (referred to as "Soviets") weren't "communists". Hence the distinction.

                    And yes, "Soviet symbolism" is probably offensive to many in Central/Eastern Europe too.

                    You see the dangers of generalizing ?

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                    • #11
                      I have two questions.
                      What is cross-posting and is it okay to link to other forums on the twi website?
                      Thanks.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by [TW]Wilsonam View Post
                        To be picky: "Soviets" refers to all those citizens of the (now-defunct) USSR. At peak, around 10-20% were actual members of the communist party. The rest were just "under communist rule". Which means that the majority of Soviet citizens (referred to as "Soviets") weren't "communists". Hence the distinction.

                        And yes, "Soviet symbolism" is probably offensive to many in Central/Eastern Europe too.

                        You see the dangers of generalizing ?
                        Someone knows history. Many Russians and Eastern Europeans really do not like communism.
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                        • #13
                          I'm sorry I made the stupid mistake decision of not reading the rules... I'll learn some day.

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                          • #14
                            It had to be done at some point. I think this is a positive change.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by r5cya View Post
                              I have two questions.
                              What is cross-posting and is it okay to link to other forums on the twi website?
                              Thanks.
                              It is perfectly fine to link to anywhere else on the web - so long as what you are linking to doesn't break our rules. Classic example from the past - butt-heads linking from our forums to neo-nazi bollox, telling people to go and read their truth.

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