~OFFICIAL FORUM RULES~

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~OFFICIAL FORUM RULES~

Post by Blitz on Thu Oct 01, 2015 1:45 am

OFFICIAL FORUM RULES

Failure to follow these rules may result in disciplinary action up to and including expulsion from the forum. First time offenders may be given prior warning before further action.

*Notes: FAMT refers to the Forum Administration/Moderating Team and is inclusive of all administrators and moderators, both on the Forum and the Nation-States AKTS region page. "Nation-State" or "NationState Discussions" refer to all non-real-world discussions, in which case policies, politics, governments, etc. are not real entities. The FAMT reserves the right to take disciplinary action regardless if the individual reads the rules or not.

1. GENERAL PROVISIONS:
1.1 -Registration requirements:

There is no requirement for a user to use their real name or to use any other form of identification that can be used to easily trace identities. All e-mail addresses that are provided will be kept private.

Users are solely responsible for protecting their accounts from access by others. Users are strongly encouraged to select a hard-to-guess password and not re-use that password on any other sites where it may be read by the owners or administrators of that site. It is highly recommended that board users do not share their accounts with others, or share their computers used to access the site with others. In case of the lost or hacked around, users are to inform support immediately.

1.2 -Forum purpose:

The purpose of this Forum is to discuss anything related to Nation-States, the Axis of Kind Totalitarian States, Nation-State policies, to get to know fellow members, and to give feedback to the regional leaders.

1.3 -Responsibility:
The FAMT is not responsible for any message posted by any user: the messages express the views of the author of the message, not necessarily the views of this board. Any user who feels that a posted message is objectionable is encouraged to contact the support staff or moderators immediately. FAMT members have the ability to remove objectionable messages and will make every effort to do so, within a reasonable time limit, if it is found that removal is necessary. Users agree, through the use of this service, that they will not use this forum to post any material which is knowingly false and/or defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy, or otherwise in violation of any law. Users agree not to post any copyrighted material unless the copyright is owned by said user or by this board.

1.4 -Ban Policy:

Violations of these guidelines may lead to users being banned from this Forum in the form of a temporary or even a permanent suspension of their account.

1.5 -Reporting Forum & In-game users:

Report any Forum or in-game user privately to a member of the FAMT; do not create Topics in this regard.

1.6 -Reporting errors:

Report any error, bug, glitch in the apposite section of the Forum.

2. PROHIBITIONS & RESTRICTIONS:
2.1 Forum etiquette:

Users are not allowed to abuse others, make personal attacks or behave disrespectfully. This prohibition applies to both public threads and private messages (PMs). Disrespect can include:

•2.1.1 -Flaming.
•​2.1.2 -Making non-constructive posts, or creating threads on non-constructive topics.
•​2.1.3 -Harassment or defamatory remarks.
•​2.1.4 -Cursing and profanities: inappropriate language.
•​2.1.5 -Personal abuse or attacks.
•​2.1.6 -Insults or derogatory comments based on race, nationality, religion, culture, sex, or sexual preference. This includes "jokes" in bad taste.
•​2.1.7 -Excessive capitalization.
•​2.1.8 -Naming and Shaming. Distribution of other forum users' personal information without their prior consent.
•​2.1.9 -Discussion on social, religious, political topics that create controversy outside of Nation-State Discussion
•​2.1.10 -Insults towards any member of the Forum Staff.
•​2.1.11 -Insults or provocation via PM after being warned for a violation.
•​2.1.12 -Death threats and other threats of violence in real life, directed towards either other Community users or members of Forum Staff.
•​2.1.13 -Impersonation of members of the Forum Staff.

If a member is found to have participated in such actions, they will:

• Be officially warned and/or temporarily banned from the Forum, depending upon severity.

• Be given a final warning, with any further violations possibly resulting in permanent ban from the Forum.

This behavior has no place on the Forum due to its extremely offensive and inappropriate nature.

2.2 -Distribution of real life information and real-life threats:

Postings and discussions which contains users’ personal data (such as addresses, telephone numbers, emails, other contact information), regardless of whether this is their own or that of other users, will be removed. Users who publish this type of content on the Forum will be warned or suspended by a member of the FMAT.

If a thread or post is in violation of the Forum rules, users are encouraged to use the report button on the post and provide information as to why the thread or post is in violation.

No rude or disrespectful posts to or about any member of the FMAT, as well as no release of real-life information about any member of the FMAT.

The only possible complaint regarding the actions of a member of the FMAT from a Community member is by providing a screenshot of their inadequate behavior to a member of the FMAT administrative team.

Real-life threats include both clear and masked language and/or links to websites containing such language or images which refers to violence in any capacity that is not directly related to the Nation-State world.

If a member is found to have participated in such actions, they will:

• Be officially warned and/or temporarily banned from the Forum, depending upon severity.
• Be given a final warning, with any further violations possibly resulting in permanent ban from the Forum.

2.3 -Advertising:

Users are not allowed to post threads or comments here that advertise or solicit any non-beneficial, non-NationState-related businesses, organizations, or websites. Explicit advertising and solicitation in signatures are also prohibited.

If a member is found to have been advertising, they will:

• Be officially warned and/or given a temporary ban from the Forum, depending upon severity.

2.4 -Accounts, begging/money, services:
This category includes:

•2.4.1 -Creating alternative accounts with malicious intentions.
•2.4.2 -Advertising of, or selling of accounts.
•2.4.3 -Advertising of, begging for, or selling of money.
•2.4.4 -Advertising of, or selling of services.

•2.4.6 -Linking to or promoting websites that contain the above prohibited services.
All types of posts for the sale or promotion of the exchange or transfer of accounts, currency and other services from one user to another are prohibited within the Forum.

If a member is found to have participated in such actions, they may:

• Be given a temporary/permanent account suspension from both the game and the Forum, depending upon severity.

2.5 Off topic, spamming and trolling:
This category includes:

•2.5.1 -Excessively communicating the same phrase, similar phrases, or pure gibberish.
•2.5.2 -Creation of topics that already exist on the forum (Please use search and add to existing topics were possible).
•2.5.3 -Off-topic posting, such as attempting to derail serious threads or creating topics in the wrong Forum section.
•2.5.4 -Creating threads for the sole purpose of causing unrest on the Forum.
•2.5.5 -Creating threads for the purpose of reporting in-Forum violations. Contact a FAMT staff member to report the violation instead.
•2.5.6 -Causing disturbances in Forum threads, such as picking fights, making off-topic posts that ruin the thread, insulting other posters.
•2.5.7 -Making non-constructive posts, or creating threads on non-constructive Topics.
•2.5.8 -Abusing the "Report" feature by sending false alarms or nonsensical messages.
•2.5.9 -Numbering a thread, posting “First!”, “IBTL” (“in before thread lock”) or any other fad statements.
•2.5.10 -"Bumping” posts (Bumping is where you reply to a Topic for the sole purpose of getting it back to the top of the section again). A moderated “bumping” is allowed to some extent.

Users should make sure to create new Topics in the appropriate section of the Forum: users are asked to familiarize themselves with the Forum first. This helps other users and moderators maintain an overview; also before creating a new Topic, look and see if an active thread on that topic has already been created using the "Search" feature, located at the top-right corner of the interface. If so, post your comments there instead.

Posts which drift off topic, or content-free posts will be edited or removed. Posting multiple messages with the same content across several sections is unwelcome and inappropriate, since such activities divide the targeted discussions and makes gathering feedback considerably more difficult. Such "cross posts" will be merged, closed and redirected or removed. If so, place your comments there instead.

If a member is found to have participated in such actions, they will:

• Be officially warned and/or temporarily banned from the Forum, depending upon severity.



2.6 -Politics, major religions or religious figures outside of Nation-State discussion:
Posting about social, religious, political, illegal or other controversial topics that may create offense. As well as negative portrayal of religious and political figures.

If a member is found to have participated in such actions, they will:

• Be officially warned and/or temporarily banned from the Forum, depending upon severity.

2.7 -Law violations:
This category includes:

•2.7.1 -Posting discussion threads on, or linking to, cheats, hacks, trojan horses, or malicious programs. If you suspect that a cheat or hack exists, provide the necessary information to the FAMT, it is not to be discussed within the Forum.
•2.7.2 -Illegal drugs or activities. Both clear and masked language and/or links to websites containing such language or images which reference to abusing illegal drugs or to performing illegal activities are prohibited. Discussion is permitted in Nation-State Policy Discussion
If a member is found to have participated in such actions, they will:

• Be given a final warning, with any further violations possibly resulting in permanent ban from the Forum.

Users are expected to act lawfully when participating on the Forum. Posting about or discussing issues that violate local or international laws is not allowed under any circumstance.

The FAMT reserves the right to delete, update or modify any information which is considered inappropriate on this Forum.



2.8 -Discussing disciplinary actions:
This category includes:

•2.8.1 -Creating posts or threads to discuss disciplinary actions taken against a member on the Forum.
•2.8.2 -Creating posts or threads to discuss moderators' decisions and actions.
The only possible complaint regarding the actions of a member of the FAMT from a Community member is by providing a screenshot of their inadequate behavior to an administrator of the FAMT.

If a member is found to have participated in such actions, they will:
• Be officially warned and/or temporarily banned from the Forum, depending upon severity.

3. MISCELLANEOUS:
3.1 -Language:
The official language of this forum is English. Transliteration and intentionally distorted or illiterate language is unwelcome.
Community members are to be considerate towards those users who obviously have difficulties with English, and similarly towards those members of the Staff who have to moderate in languages other than their native one.

3.2 -Hard-to-read posts:
Posts that disrupt the message boards for other users, intentional or not, are prohibited. This category includes, but is not limited, to:

•3.2.1 -Conducting conversations in foreign languages in topics not designated for non-English language.
•3.2.2 -Posting solely or predominantly in capital letters; excessive text spacing or line breaks; use of "1337 5p34k" or other hard-to-read writing styles.
•3.2.3 -Using misleading topic titles, excessive punctuation, and/or non-standard symbols.
While posting on these forums users are to be reasonable with font size and color. Stick to default font size and try to avoid use of text colors different from black. Red color is exclusively reserved to the member of the FMAT. The FAMT reserves the right to modify inappropriate posts and give warnings to their authors.

3.3 -Links and images:
Whenever linking to a website or image or posting a image, be sure to check that they don't violate any of the rules written above. Sites or images that display illegal content, pornography, nudity, gratuitous violence, Nazi symbols such as swastikas, obscenities and any other content that goes against the standards of this community will be moderated. In addition to the above we also request you not post ASCII art (pictures created by using letters and symbols on a keyboard) they are usually quite large and can be misinterpreted based on display issues.

3.4 -Names, avatars, images/video, and signatures:
Certain content for names, avatars, images/video, and signatures have no place on the AKTS Forum, due to their extremely offensive, annoying or inappropriate nature. The following list is only a summary, but it gives an idea of those names, images, signatures, and avatars which are not allowed:

Names, Avatars, Images/Video, Signatures, and et cetera...

•3.4.1 -that contain insults, personal attacks, abuse or harassment...
•3.4.2 -which have (in any way) racist or nationalistic implications which may create offense to a certain nation, ethnic, religious or racial group...
•3.4.3 -that contain an allusion of racial or national supremacy, as well as discriminative propaganda on any level outside of normal Nation-State discussion...
•3.4.4 -which are derogatory discriminative or offensive to people with a disability or illness...
•3.4.5 -which have an association with sexuality, pedophilia, sexual abuse; or have an offensive connection to the human body or bodily functions...
•3.4.6 -which contain excessive gore or violence, or are obscene/vulgar...
•3.4.7 -which make reference to addictive or illegal substances or their use, or any other illegal activities outside of Nation-State discussion...
•3.4.8 -which either in whole or partly contain copyrighted or registered trade mark elements...
•3.4.9 -that contain reference to current mainstream religions that may create offense, i.e. names such as God, Jesus, Allah, etc. outside of Nation-State discussion...
•3.4.10 -that contain Logotypes, symbols, emblems or figures connected in one way or another with organizations, that violate or were violating existing laws and rules...
•3.4.11 -that are connected with negative historical or political personalities, first of all those who are judged by international courts for crimes against humanity, those that generally arouse feelings of suffering or disgust in the majority of people, as well as members of currently existing terrorist organizations outside of historical notation/Nation-State discussion...
•3.4.12 -that negatively portrays the FAMT Staff (such as ad hominin, complaining of a staff decision outside of appeal, etc)...

...either implicitly or explicitly are prohibited (this also contains links to websites containing the above). If names, avatars, signatures, images/video, etc. in the Forum violate these rules, the offending account may be edited and/or sanctioned and/or suspended. Moreover, the FAMT reserves the right to delete, update or modify any name and avatar, images, etc. which are considered inappropriate on the Forum.

Additionally, excessively long forum signatures are not permitted. Signatures should not exceed four lines of text. If these limitations are exceeded, then the disruptive elements will be removed without explanation and the offending account may receive sanctions. Community members are allowed to use images and animations in their signature.

4. FORUM ADMINISTRATION & MODERATION:
4.1 -Forum Staff structure:
- Supreme Overlord
- Administrators
- Moderators.

4.2 -Moderators:
Moderators are volunteers, recruited from the Community member's Group; moderators are entrusted to enforce the Forum rules.

4.3 -Administrators and Moderators’ powers:
Administrators and moderators have the right to warn and suspend Community members in the case of a violation of the Forum rules.
Any measures taken by moderators can be appealed to administrators in accordance with the established procedure. Measures taken by the members of the administration, are not subject to appeal. In some cases, which go beyond the forum rules, members of the FAMT can warn or suspend certain Community members, even if their actions formally don’t fall under the current prohibitions and restrictions.

4.4 -Warnings:
Warnings and official notifications are set off in red, this font color is reserved to members of the FAMT (Forum Administration/Moderating Team). Any other message written by any member of the FAMT is considered to be an ordinary one and is equal to a message of any Forum member. Once a post has been moderated, users are not permitted to edit the moderators' notes placed within the post. Similarly, the impersonation of a member of the FAMT, in any way, is not strictly forbidden.





Thanks for your continued cooperation
~~~the FAMT
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