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Forum Policies & Rules

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Introduction

The forum rules are here to provide a general guideline for members of the Project WAM group. They are by no means all inclusive, and exception cases will be dealt with by admins as they arise.

Use of the forum system is a privilege, and all users must be a part of the group in order to use these forums. When you make an account you automatically agree to the following terms:

Member agrees that posting on the forums in this site is a privilege and that the posting of deliberately false information, linking to pornographic or illegal sites, or the consistent use of abusive and profane language can cause him to lose his posting rights and possible banishment of the group. Admins reserve the right to remove the posting privileges of any person for any reason without any warning or recompense.

I. Post Content and Harassment

The forums are a dynamic and sometimes rowdy environment, and a certain degree of banter, teasing and heated discussion is expected and tolerated. Keep in mind that your post content is subject to the same rules and responsibilities that you would experience under any face to face conversation. Libel and slander laws are applicable, so post accordingly. We will generally not intervene in a thread until we receive complaints, it is deemed excessive and persistent by admin review, or a thread devolves to personal attacks or threats of violence. Racial, ethnic, gender, and other such slurs will also be removed. Administrators may lock, remove, or modify any post without notice, at their discretion.

New User Tolerance: We all know that new posters can sometimes take a while to fit in. Please remember that you were once a newbie yourself, and take the time to show them the ropes rather than blasting them for not knowing how things work. If they ask for help, show them the way. If they deliberately seek to provoke trouble, deal with it accordingly.

Hostile Content Directed At Children Of Other Forum Members: At no point, in any forum is it allowable to target children of a forum member with harsh insults, harassment, or other deliberate provocations aimed at causing strife with another forum member. The definition of harsh insults, harassment, or other deliberate provocations is to be determined by the Administrator after receiving a complaint from an injured party, and would be considered to be significantly above and beyond the level of content we would normally encounter in these forums. Such actions will be automatically considered excessive and persistent, and will be dealt with accordingly. There is a general exception allowed for good nature statements made in jest, that are recognized to be in jest by both parties, however in a dispute we will rule against the party who originates the statement.

Disputes: If you have a dispute with another forum user, please make an effort to resolve the issue yourself before seeking admin intervention. Remember, it is very hard to judge tone of "voice" from a text post, so what you read as objectionable may have actually been intended in jest.

Reporting Posts: Please report any objectionable posts to an admin and they will review your report.

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II. Off topic posts

All off topic posts must be in the off topic forum. Any post deemed off topic by moderation staff may be locked, moved or removed at the discretion of the moderator, with or without notice.

If you believe a post is in the wrong forum, please submit it for review to a moderator.

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III. Stupid, Inane Or Controversial Posts

There are a lot of different posting styles, opinions and views on the forums. Not all of them will be things you agree with, condone, or even things that make sense. While such posts can be annoying, they are allowable.

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IV. Avatars

All member avatars must not exceed PG-13 standards as defined by the Motion Picture Association of America.

• Prohibited avatar content includes, but is not limited to: • Nudity • Obscene or indecent language or visual content • Animations containing sexually suggestive motions • Any content that causes excess controversy

Avatars that deliberately include excessive blinking, flashing or other intentional annoyance devices are also prohibited. If a user has an avatar that breaks the rules then an admin will block their avatar and will give them a warning.

If you believe an avatar image to be inappropriate, please private message an admin and they will block the offensive image (As soon as they can) until it is reviewed.

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V. Uploaded Images

All member uploaded images must not exceed PG-13 standards as defined by the Motion Picture Association of America REGARDLESS of if they are ever posted in the forums. All uploaded images are view-able by other site users.

Prohibited uploaded image content includes, but is not limited to: • Nudity • Obscene or indecent language or visual content • Animations containing sexually suggestive motions • Any content that causes excess controversy

All uploaded images (view-able on your photo section of your profile page) are subject to admin approval and may be removed at the discretion of the administrator.

If you believe an image to be inappropriate, please contact an admin and they will block the offensive image (As soon as they can) until it is reviewed.

Since images are larger and therefore potentially more offensive than avatar image content, extremely objectionable image uploads are grounds for an immediate ban.

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VII. Spam

A. Forum Spam

Forum spam is defined as the act of repeatedly posting in a single thread, multiple new identical thread topics in a single forum, or multiple identical topics in different forums for the purposes of: • Disrupting the site • Unfairly padding ones post count • Promoting a single idea across multiple forums where one thread will suffice. (i.e. posting the same thread in every server forum, etc.)

Most spamming incidents will result in an initial temporary block of the account while the extent and content of spam are investigated. Allowances are made for the occasional accidental multi-post, server glitches, and content and rate of spam are also evaluated. Unintentional spam, or incidents occurring out of ignorance will generally result in a warning. All other incidents of spam will be dealt with by a temporary or permanent block or a full ban.

Admin Announcement Exception Clause: From time to time an admin will need to inform, or request information from, a large body of forum users. In such cases an admin may at their discretion post a thread in multiple forum locations for official purposes.

General guidelines for determining if a poster is spamming: • They have more than 3 consecutive posts in the same thread during a short period of time (allowances are made for server errors.) • They have multiple consecutive topics in the same forum in a short period of time • They have multiple copies of a single thread in multiple forums. (Usually this occurs out of ignorance for the policy and a warning is sufficient to prevent further problems)

B. PM/Message Wall Spam

Persistently spamming another user is considered a form of harassment and will be dealt with as such. Admin cannot see the content of your PM's but can see your message wall. If anybody breaks this rule then they are violating this TOS and will be blocked or banned accordingly.

C. RMT (Gold / Gil/ Plat/ Powerlevel / etc.) Spam

Project WAM does not condone or allow the posting or PMing of ads for these prohibited game services or activities. Period. Any user found posting such ads will be immediately banned without appeal.

The selling of accounts, items, services, or anything else game related for real money is not allowed in the forums. If you see a post where someone is doing so, please report it to the moderators immediately. There are a variety of reasons for this policy, but the primary reason is to protect our users from potential scams.

To clarify: • Can I sell my lvl 4 character here? NO • Can I sell someone my spiffy sword thingy of doom for $ cash? NO • Can I trade someone my spiffy sword thingy of doom for some other type of spiffy sword thingy? YES • Can I sell gil/gold/plat/game money here for $ cash? NO • Can I sell my spiffy sword thingy of doom for gil/gold/plat/game money here? YES • Can I give someone, out of the goodness of my heart with absolutely no strings or conditions attached my spiffy sword thingy of doom on this site? YES • Can I sell my account here for gil? or eq platinum? or any other form of anything? Can I sell my account here period? how about if I just want to give it away? NO • What about my CDs? Can I give those away? Ask for copies? No account, I swear! Just CDs! NO • Can I trade my account for a different one? NO • How about my grandparents? or my little brother? NO

D. Virus, Keylogger Or Other Exploit Spam

Any poster found to be willfully distributing viruses, keyloggers or other such illegal and harmful software on the forums will be immediately removed and reported to the appropriate law enforcement entities.

E. Advertisement, “Special Offer” Links And Deliberately Deceptive Links

In most instances, advertising is not allowed on the forums. We will allow occasional exceptions for content that is relevant to the game or forum in which it is posted, is not spammed in multiple locations, and is provided as a community service rather than an attempt to make money (Example: someone offering guild web site hosting space).

Links to offers which are attempts by the original poster to garner additional users to bolster their own chances will be immediately removed and the user banned. Clickthrough “games” which require a user to try and trick people into clicking your link will also be removed.

Posting a forum link with the deliberate intent to direct users to content they are not expecting (via URL shortening services, misleading descriptions, etc.) is not tolerated.

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VIII. Posting Personal Information About Yourself / Others

Posting of personally identifying information such as phone numbers, addresses, real names, etc. is not allowed. We cannot verify all phone numbers, so even if you claim to be posting your own number, you could just as easily be posting the phone number of someone else to annoy them.

Posts providing personal information deliberately to provoke harassment of another person (i.e. posting your ex boy/girl friends phone number, etc) will be immediately removed and will be grounds for further action.

E-mail addresses and other such forms of electronic communication with filtering capability (like AIM or ICQ) are generally allowed unless they are being used to harass an individual.

Charity donation or emergency information exceptions: In the event that a phone number needs to be posted (such as a donation line for the Red Cross or other similar charity after a disaster, etc) please contact an admin to ensure the post goes through unimpeded.

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IX. Deliberate Forum Content Disruption

Posts that deliberately render the forum unreadable, such as efforts to force threads off the page, extremely large blank spaces (multiple line returns) to make users take longer to scroll to the next post, Quote stacks (multiple copies of the same quote over and over again in a single post) and quote “pyramids” of extreme size are unacceptable and will be immediately removed.

Breaking the forum filters (i.e. the swear filter, bad link filter, etc) is also not allowed. The filters are there for a reason; please do not attempt to bypass them, especially in the Gaming forums and the Out of Topic Forum.

Necroposting: The act of posting in an extremely old thread for the sole purpose of bringing it to the foreground of the forum to disrupt the existing threads is considered necroposting, and is prohibited. Extremely old is a subjective term, to be determined by the administrators. Threads that are legitimately, or accidentally necroposted in may be left at the discretion of the admin. Deliberately necroposted threads will be returned to the page from where they came, and may be locked if necessary.

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X. Sock Puppets

Creating a secondary account for the sole purpose of annoying the forum, propping up your case in debate threads, or adding derision to the debate arguments of others is considered creating a sock puppet account. Sock puppet accounts that cause problems will be removed.

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XI. Ratebots

Creating a secondary account for the purpose of bolstering your own points, bypassing a norate flag, or doubling your rate capability on others is considered creating a ratebot. Ratebots will be removed. If you happen to have two people sharing an IP address, please inform aa admin so no misunderstandings occur. Accounts sharing an IP address should never rate each other up.

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XII. Forum System Abuse Penalties

Administrators and moderation staff may employ a variety of tools, at their discretion. These include warnings, edits, thread locks, removing rating ability (norate), removing the ability to post but leaving posts intact (mute), removing the ability to post in the forums and all pages (Ban) or in extreme cases IP bans. The kudo system may also be adjusted to counter systemic rating abuse.

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XII. Administrator Decision Appeals Process

Administrator and Leader rulings are very rarely overturned, however a decision may be appealed one of the following ways:

• Appeal directly to the moderator / admin who took action via PM. This is the preferred method of resolving differences. Please make an effort to explain your situation and any extenuating circumstances.

• Contact a different admin to get a second opinion. Please note that we will discuss any and all requests for second opinions with the original issuing admin along with all specifics. You will generally want to direct such inquiries to Tythesly.

• E-mail Tythesly directly. Once a decision has been appealed, the results are final. Please do not press the issue further.

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Amendment 1. Posting Surveys

Survey posting by outside parties is allowed only for educational purposes. Commercial surveys, or surveys without an academic background are expressly prohibited and will be immediately removed.

Prior to posting any survey, you are required to contact Tythesly.

And to provide verified contact information and academic credentials, including a university associated e-mail address from which the request originates. A full, unaltered copy of the survey questions must also be provided.

All other survey posts will be removed and the originating account banned.

In-Forum Poll System Exemption:This amendment specifically does not cover in forum polls generated by forum users. The intent is to prevent unnecessary spam by outside entities with no real investment in the forum system.

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Amendment 2. User Names

Any user names found to contain offensive references that were not caught by the filter will be immediately changed to something of our choosing. At the Administrator's discretion the account may be banned if the name is particularly offensive.

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Amendment 3. Posting Torrent Sites, Illegal Content, Or Copyrighted Material

Legitimate torrent sites, such as those hosting legitimate game patches, are allowed, but should be cleared with an administrator prior to posting if there is any question.

Sites hosting illegal downloads, "private" servers, or material that has been brought to our attention as being in violation U.S. law is not allowed and will be immediately removed. All copyrighted content, regardless of format, that is submitted to the forums will be removed at the request of the copyright holder.

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Amendment 4. Reporting Forum Images

Forum images that have objectionable content should be reported, however excessive and persistent reporting of images that are not objectionable is considered a form of harassment and will be dealt with as such.

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Amendment 5. Reporting Forum Posts

Forum posts that have objectionable content should be reported, however excessive and persistent reporting of posts that are not objectionable is considered a form of harassment and will be dealt with as such.

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Forum FAQ

How do I stay on top of discussions I'm interested in?

With a Wikia user account, you can follow specific conversations and then receive notification messages (either on-site or via email) when a discussion has more activity. Be sure to sign up for a Wikia account if you don't already have one.

How do I remove vandalism?

If you notice some spam or vandalism on a thread, hover your mouse over the offending text. You'll see a "More" button appear. Inside the "More" menu, you'll find "Remove". This will allow you to remove the vandalism and optionally inform an admin.

What are Kudos?

If you find a particular discussion or reply interesting, well thought out, or amusing you can show direct appreciation by giving it Kudos. They can be helpful in voting situations, too.

What are Topics?

Topics allow you to link a forum discussion with a wiki article. It's another way to keep Forums organized and to help people find interesting discussions. For example, a Forum thread tagged with "Lord Voldemort" will appear at the bottom of the "Lord Voldemort" article.

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