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Upcoming Forum Overhaul

We are starting the work to switch our forums, which have been based on a version of the Vbulletin forum software since their inception with the Red Orchestra mod (then VB 3 and currently VB 5.1) to an all new forum software called Xenforo. After researching it, we feel Xenforo is a better choice for the future as it has a vibrant modding and addon community that will allow us to extend the functions of these forums in ways players will enjoy.

As part of this, at some point in the near future these forums will be locked down so we cant merge over all of the existing content into the new forum database. It will likely then be a few more days as we work on the new forum and correct any issues from the merge.
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Privay Policy Update

We’ve updated the Tripwire Privacy Notice under our Policies to be clearer about our use of customer information to come in line with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) rules that come into force today (25th May 2018). The following are highlights of our changes:

We’ve incorporated the relevant concepts from the GDPR including joining the EU and Swiss Privacy Shield framework. We’ve added explanations for why and how Tripwire processes customer data and the types of data that we process, as well as information about your data protection rights.

For more information about our privacy practices, please review the new Privacy Policy found here:
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Forum Rules

  • 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. Name Shaming and Public "Witch Hunts" are also not allowed.
    3. Breaches of confidentiality and privacy of any sort.
    4. Any form of racism, bigotry or attacks on race, creed or color.
    5. Linking to posts on other forums related to ANY of the above, whether you are the originator or not, without exception.[/COLOR]
  • 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 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, "necro post" or restart closed threads.
  • DO NOT Intentionally or unintentionally violate any applicable local, state, national or international law, rule or regulation.
  • DO NOT Upload or transmit any Content that infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other proprietary rights ("Rights") of any party.
  • 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
[COLOR=darkred]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.

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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  • Today the text inside the reply box is black again.... what is going on seriously, months later the forum problems list is growing instead of being fixed.

    You wanted feedbacks, we gave them, but we're just ignored, we don't know what has been looked at, fixed, ignored, so what do we do? We continue reporting problems (I have a list of other problems to post, but from what I've seen so far there is no reason to continue)? We just get used to the new buggy and unpolished forum? We just leave the forum and forget about it? Come on, reply let us know.
    Last edited by omano; 09-16-2016, 12:14 AM.


    • You wanted feedbacks, we gave them, but we're just ignored, we don't know what has been looked at, fixed, ignored, so what do we do? We continue reporting problems (I have a list of other problems to post, but from what I've seen so far there is no reason to continue)? We just get used to the new buggy and unpolished forum? We just leave the forum and forget about it? Come on, reply let us know.
      This. Is it still a work in progress?

      I understand that the forums and its workings needed to be updated, but the end result for the users and visitors is nowhere as user friendly as the old forums. Certainly that is my opinion, but I can't help but think others share it as well. Searching and looking for new UNREAD posts doesn't work, in fact this very topic never ever shows up in the search when you use "Latest Activity" so I wonder if the only people reading it are those who posted in it. Yet I also get topics that I have read over and over with no new posts in them show up in that same list.

      The forums used to be a fun and interesting place to go, a sort of compliment to the games, report bugs, look for new information etc. Just not sure why the forum end user experience has changed when I haven't seen other user forums react this way.


      • I'm guessing from trying to view the forums in the past couple of days, that it still seems easy for some users/bots? to spam the forums.

        Also, if I try to search for my recent posts, I get the 10 second timer for searches. After I wait around 10 seconds or so, I usually go to search again and the 10 second timer resets. It seems pot-luck if the search works without bringing up that 10 second message.


        • - all previously mentioned above

          - Default favicon on the forum... no more TWI favicon
          - Youtube links have their case modified when posted in integrated videos tool
          - Some thread are in the database, you can not find them with integrated search, you do not see them when you browse ALL the pages of the subforum they are supposed to be in (yeah, I did it), but when you find the thread link with Google, and then reply to it, it magically appears again in the forum (lot of examples in the KF 2 bug report forum)
          - Some threads are DESTROYED since the migration
          - Quotes are broken due to wrong BBCode configuration or something else, when someone with brackets in his names is quoted (like TWI staff.......) because the user name closing bracket is interpreted as the quote tag closing bracket, resulting in a bad quote)
          Originally posted by [TW
          Ramm-Jaeger;n2144771]To clarify what Yoshiro said, before the patch we shipped yesterday, the code that was supposed to be adjusting player zed health and damage based on the average perk rank of the human player team was not working correctly. So please have a look at the current balance as any matches you played before yesterday would have had a bug in the system and not have been balancing correctly. Now that we have fixed that bug, as we get data from our analytics system on where the balance is now, we'll be making regular adjustments to get it in balance.
          - member list unreadable
          - previously attached pictures in threads (before migration) have been lost
          - clicking a thread link does not work if you don't wait 1 second because of this useless 4 words preview popup which works nearly half of the time (if it was showing an actual preview of the thread that would be kinda 'OK' to wait this 1 second each time you hover a link before clicking). Opening all the new threads in a forum in new tabs is a pain in the *** currently
          Last edited by omano; 09-20-2016, 01:45 PM.


          • Still looking at a very large number of spam posts again this morning, some from new accounts, some from the same user accounts as yesterday. I would have thought that a moderator would have closed down those accounts or is it a bug that they can't?


            • Originally posted by =GG= Mr Moe View Post
              Still looking at a very large number of spam posts again this morning, some from new accounts, some from the same user accounts as yesterday. I would have thought that a moderator would have closed down those accounts or is it a bug that they can't?
              Just click that Latest Activity Button on the main forum page and you will see, the spamming still goes on, and I have even reported and flagged the "member/bots." As the saying goes, I don't think anyone is minding the store(forums) around here...


              • As far as I know moderators do not have the necessary tools to do what they could before (I could be wrong things may have changed). This is surely the reason why nothing moves on this problem.


                • I know spam posts have started to be removed, Yoshiro has taken care of at least some of them.


                  • I know, I'm "one out of seven users" using "stupid characters" (I actually verified we are thousands* "annoying users" using non english characters but as I told you it is not "weird" to use them, what is weird is in 2016 not using correct character encoding..) but you broke the forum, again..

                    Seriously hire someone who knows what he's doing with the forum... it is really embarrassing now..

                    * You can verify here after you fix all the mess we already reported here.
                    Last edited by omano; 10-16-2016, 06:28 AM.


                    • I can only login with mail now. Unbreak the forum please (and as you are at it, do the few CSS adjustments regarding all what have been suggested to improve/fix the forum). I have other bug reports to do but you seem to absolutely ignore what we all say here so I will not lose any more time for peanuts.
                      Last edited by omano; 10-25-2016, 06:16 AM.