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  • Items changed, or highlighted for future attention, on 20 July 2013 are highlighted in yellow.

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  • Political discussions are prohibited.
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  • 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:
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    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.
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Username, Avatar and Signature Rules
  • Multiple registrations result in a ban.
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  • - 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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  • #31
    Both Clockwise and the Counter-Clockwise swastikas exist since thousand of years ago.

    Both can be found on Ancient Greek antiquities.

    I am not sure if i can post pics, so Google "ancient Greek swastika".

    Hitler copied the symbol from books and/or antiquities he had seen on museums, but many erroneously believe that he actually invented it...

    Information about Hindus and Swastikas can be found here, as well as info about ancient Greece and also use by Nazis:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swastika
    It is from Wikipedia so i guess it is alright to post, if no, please remove.


    Note that no matter what we say here, laws in Europe won't change, specially now that Far Right Wing parties are on the rise.

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    • #32
      Everyone knows the swastika is older than the Nazis - but they ruined it. I'm sorry!

      Just like Hitler's mustache, which was common fashion back then. It was a compromise between having a mustache at all and conforming to maximum widths the army allowed for beards. Loads of people had similar mustaches prior to ww2 and I assume many might like one like it now - but guess what, it would make them look like Hitler so they don't do it!

      Or the first name Adolf! Much older than Hitler. Objectively, kind of adorable - but it's ruined now.

      And let's be reasonable for a second here: No one here needs to display a swastika because he's a member of some ancient sun cult..

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      • #33
        Originally posted by Murphy View Post
        No one here needs to display a swastika because he's a member of some ancient sun cult..
        Praise the sun... \o/


        I did read the rules changes. No problem with them
        Last edited by Moyako; 08-03-2013, 10:30 PM.

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        • #34
          The logic that everything that was used by the Nazis is stigmatized, makes as much sense, as banning Charlie Chaplin movies because he had a similar mustache with Adolf Hitler.

          But, if some Governments do exactly that, then people from these countries should be accommodated.


          What i am saying, is that how you say your rules, makes a big difference.

          For example, my Country has many Stalinist-Communists. If they see rules prohibiting Stalinism by name, they will Boycott the game.
          Same goes with Communists in general and Nationals-Socialists as well as some far-right-wingers.

          These people are attracted to WWII games, and many of them come from countries where they can believe whatever they like, or what they believe is legal to believe, so i deem that friendly prohibitions are better for public relations.

          That means prohibition of all political and religious discussions in general, as well as the use of symbols associated with them, some with is the same as:
          No one here needs to display a swastika because he's a member of some ancient sun cult.


          It would also be nice to have a definition of "Racism".

          I guess they use it with the U.S definition that more or less means "Hating a Race without reason and/or holding a whole race accountable for actions of individuals and/or promoting and spreading this hate and beliefs."
          I guess it is this, and i totally agree, and most people will agree, but i deem that this part of the rules is written in hostile tone, and that part needs attention, because "racism" has different definitions in different countries.

          In the E.U, "Racist" is a very big umbrella term, used for every single discrimination and difference between people.

          The definition of racism from one of the best Neo-Greek dictionaries is, as better as i can translate:"Every belief, idea or ideology, that is based in the belief of the superiority of one group of people over another".
          You see?
          If you come in Greece and say for example that "Blonds are the most beautifully", you are racist...

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          • #35
            So?

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            • #36
              So,
              things that where used by the Nazi Party, are not somehow "stigmatized", unless in the mind of the "stigma-minded".
              All the material things that Nazis used are neutral. Neither "good" or "evil".

              Let us examine.


              Although clothing and gear are not that important, many peoples think about them as "nazi"-things. This is erroneous.

              The Stahlhelm is a great helmet design. Some countries still use them in ceremonial uniforms and other countries had "Nazi"-made Stalhelms in active service for years after WWII. The U.S produced and issued the "Fritz" helmets which was replaced by newer, lighter designs. Many countries are buying Fritz Helmet today to replace their old steel helmets.

              The cavalry boots the Nazis used are also used on many countries around the world. Same for the Sam Browne belts. U.K and U.S.A use them. This included citizens as well as Law Enforcement and Military.

              The "Nazi"-hats (M43 Field Cap) are still used in Germany.
              Hats similar to those German Officers are used all around the world and i think in every NATO country.


              But all the above things are insignificant. Let us examine the symbols.

              The symbol of the Eagle originates from Ancient Roman Empire. Hitler "inherited" it from the Holy Roman Empire.
              Many countries today use the symbol of the Eagle, like the U.S.A, Russia and dozens of other countries.
              The U.S.A uses eagles in Seals and Flagpoles as well as insignia.
              The one-headed eagle the U.S.A uses bears a greater similarity to the Eagle used in Roman Empire and Nazi Germany.

              Although Hitler's mustache was distinctive, Charlie Chaplin used it and made it popular years before Hitler, and this design existed for years before. It was not invented by Hitler, but there is the possibility that Hitler copied from Chaplin.

              The Nazis used per-existing symbols. The Swastika is an ancient symbol, the Runes are ancient symbols and most of their symbols where borrowed, not made by them.
              The Swastika is the main symbol of Nazism, and most of European did not knew it before Hitler introduced it, but this does not cancel 2.000 years of history.

              Nazis also used gas chambers.
              Gas chambers are used today as mean of administering capital punishment and for putting to death unwanted animals. Even the term is not taboo. It is used in mechanics.


              So, it is not what Nazis where wearing, what they are eating, or what symbols the where using.
              What counts is what they did.


              N.S.D.A.P rules from 1933 to 1945.
              In this time Nazis where involved n everything from sports to automobiles and from highways to television and cinema.

              Goebbels made movies. Should we consider cinemas as Nazi Indoctrination Service?

              Nazi Germany Hosted the 1936 Olympics, and for the first time the brought a flame from Ancient Olympia. Should the Olympic flame be considered a Nazi ceremony? Or the Olympic Games themselves are a Nazi glorification?

              Nazis touched everything. If we try not to touch anything touched by Nazis, we will find out that we cannot even die, because Nazis did so.

              So,
              enough with the guilt and blaming of inanimate objects and symbols.
              We should learn from the great tragedy of WWII and start to respect and appreciate life and condemn the actions and those who harm innocent people, and not sacrifice to them things they didn't own at the first place.

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              • #37
                Originally posted by moyako View Post
                praise the sun... \o/
                \ [--] /
                Last edited by Fedorov; 08-29-2013, 07:02 AM.

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