The purpose of this post is to try and adjust some of the behavior I've seen in particular posts and to enlighten you guys as to the purpose of a forum and how an idealistic forum acts.Definition of a Forum
: A meeting or medium where ideas and views on a particular issue can be exchanged.
These ideas can be creations, questions, accomplishments, challenges, changes, opinions, war stories, likes and dislikes, and even criticism! Every forum that is well moderated and has a civil community has a few inherent rules:
1. Treat everyone with respect.
2. Never intend to emotionally harm someone with a post or a reply.
3. If you have a question, search the forums earnestly before posting again.
4. Never revive an old thread.
5. Do not repeatedly bump your own topics. Try to get a moderator to sticky it if it's important.
On top of those, each forum and sub forum has it's own specific/general set of rules.
Do not use usernames, signatures or avatars that:viewtopic.php?f=41&t=5405
Do not write private messages and/or e-mails that:
Do not create threads or contributions that:
Include spam or advertisements.
Are racist or hateful.
Are hostile, vulgar, excessively violent or contains excessive language.
Are sexually orientated.
Link to or reference hacks or hack websites.
Hijack or maliciously affect users' computers.
Labels others as cheaters/boosters. "Naming & shaming" is not welcomed.
This site supports English only. Please only use English. If English is not your language, please use a translator.
Users are allowed one account. Multiple accounts will be banned.
Do not impersonate Crytek staff. This includes the use of admin avatars and/or names.
Private messages are private so do not publicly post content from PMs. If you need to report a PM the functionality is there to do so.
Signatures are not to be included in your posts. Signature functionality is disabled to keep threads clutter-free so please don't attempt to circumvent this.
Cheating/Hacking threads are not allowed. This is to prevent arguments and threads on these topics will be deleted without notice. Repeat posters may receive warnings/bans.
Threads addressed to people are not to be created. Use the Private Message system to contact people.
NB: Terms of Service rules may also be applicable.
The intent of these discrete and inherent rules is for you to follow them. If your choice is to not follow them you not only represent the game poorly but also the community that plays it scaring away potential players. Forums are positive places where people can go to seek advice, ask a question, post up their own content, generate constructive criticism, etc. Please, adhere to these basic rules and the quality of your guys' forum will sky rocket. I understand that some of you guys are new to the idea of an internet community that is polite (Us PC users have it easy, because we're on the PC all day and are exposed to forum communities), so I am not reprimanding anyone in any way. A Word on Trolls
No matter how positive the community or how good its' moderators, there will always be trolls; people whose intent is to create discord and anguish for anyone and everyone. The only way to defeat a troll is to not respond to them ever. Alert an admin and allow them to take care of the situation instead of righteously trying to vindicate the troll yourself which only makes it worse.A Word on Etiquette
Your guy's desire should be to help one another. The thought that your community is so small yet you go to such great lengths to tear it apart is counter intuitive. Please, make it your joy to aid everyone on the forum. If someone posts something you disagree with and you are unable to respond in a way that is not offensive, do not respond at all. Maturity is the name of the game.
Sorry for the long post.