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Moral Conduct
Try to restrict use of profanity to words you'd hear on primetime network TV. Linking to websites with inappropriate ad banners is also forbidden. Using a "Not Safe for Work" (NSFW) label on threads, pictures or posts is acceptable for items which are appropriate on the forum but inappropriate for work. Strong profanity should generally be restricted. "Damn," "Hell," and "Microsoft" are all okay.

Do not post any material which is knowingly false, and or defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, hateful, harassing, racist, obscene, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy, or encourages conduct that would constitute a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability, or that otherwise violates any local, state, national or international law or regulation.

Topic Guidelines
Ensure that your new topics are in the correct forum.

If you think that the topic you are about to start a new thread about has been discussed before, please do a search to see if indeed the topic has been addressed before. Having multiple threads about the same subject makes the forums cluttered, difficult to navigate, and harder to find the information you're looking for. Instead of starting a new topic, simply reply to the topic that has already been created.

Do not post anything not relating to the original subject of the topic. Thread 'hijacking' will not be tolerated. We recognize that threads sometime evolve into other topics, but deliberately trying to take over a thread and change the subject (hijacking) is not acceptable.

All off topic posts should start their subject line with an 'OT:' in front of their subject. If you feel you have a topic that would benefit the community as a whole, not just one specific forum, the Shrapnel General forum would be a great place to post it!

User Fighting
If you post in this forum, we expect you to contribute positively to a conversation. If you disagree with someone, great, explain your point of view, have an open discussion. Please do not disparage the other person. Personal attacks are unacceptable. They just lower the brow of all involved. If you don't like someone, talk about it on ICQ, MSN, AIM, YIM, your journal, or your blogger, but not here. People who bait or bash members, mods, or Shrapnel Games can, and in most instances will, be banned without notice.

Flaming, humiliating, ridiculing, or belittling other members will not be tolerated. This includes blatant disrespect of others whether it is through negative language or general attitude. We see no difference between straight out calling someone stupid and using creative language and attitude to imply that person is stupid. Continuing to harass in any form another poster via the board, email, or instant message after being informed that communication is no longer desired is also prohibited.

Trolling is prohibited. Trolling is whenever someone is clearly, deliberately posting in a manner for the purpose of angering and/or insulting the other participants of the board. Trolling could be directed towards one user or a group of users. Trolling DOES NOT encourage further discussion, it only encourages personal attacks (if left unchecked) and will not be tolerated.

If you get out of hand you will be warned or banned, if the negative behavior continues you will be banned. Nobody likes it when this happens, so play nice! What actually constitutes out of hand or negative behavior is at the discretion of the staff.

Private Messages received on these forums are not to be considered private unless the sender and receiver of the private message agrees. Do not PM someone who you are not in agreement with on this point. Only PMs from Moderators and Admins are to be considered private and not to be talked about in the public forums. If you have a problem with a PM and need to involve moderators or administrators, please click on "Report PM". We reserve the right to read any PMs, if necessary, to determine if a violation of the rules have occured.

We encourage you to keep personal information personal and do not ask for personal information from others. Discussion forum posts that request members to submit personal information to another party will be removed. If you must give this out for any reason, please do so privately. The posting or requesting of individually identifying information of any minor person under the age of 18 is expressly prohibited. This information includes but is not limited to: Real names, address, phone number, picture, or school name or location. It is a bannable offense to request information on any minors on the board.

Users shall not post messages containing personal phone numbers or addresses. If you need to give someone your personal information do it in a way that is safe (PMs or email). It's simply not smart to put that information out in the open on the Internet for public consumption. Do not give out another user's private information with out their prior consent.

If any ShrapnelCommunity.com staff member tells you to comply with one of these rules, you must comply. If you argue the rules with a ShrapnelCommunity.com staff member publicly, you'll be warned, and all members of ShrapnelCommunity.com staff will be notified. This includes violating any of the above rules with a username or in any part of the user profile. Keep it up, and you'll receive a temporary ban. After 2 temporary bans, a permanent ban will be given. Official Grievance: If your thread is deleted do not start another thread about it. Contact a Moderator of the forum your thread was in or an Administrator. If you have a problem with a Moderator please contact an Administrator, posting a thread about any problems you have regarding a member of the Moderation Team will be disregarded, and removed.

Enjoy the Shrapnel Games Forums!
If you have any problems, just make a post in the appropriate forum, and somebody will be glad to help you.

The moderators are here to make everyone's visit more enjoyable, so if you experience any problems with abusive users, please tell a moderator or click the Report Post icon at the top right of the offending post. If you feel you are being abused or unfairly targeted by a moderator then please talk to an admin. That doesn't mean we will agree with you, but we are here to make the forums a harmonious place as much as possible and will listen to your grievances.

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