To avoid the appearance of being "forum Nazis", the primary rules of this message board are "Common Sense". However, we feel that the following subjects need to be touched on, specifically:Flaming
Flaming is defined on this board as "any action or speech intended specifically to incite conflict". Flaming is not permitted
on this board. Examples of flaming include, but are not limited to: Libel, direct or implied insult, graphic mocking (signatures, etc), and false accusations.Spam
Spam is defined on this board as "any post that goes against the intended purpose of a thread or forum". For example, posting about your achievements in NewAge on the Dragon Court forum would be considered spam. We have tried to make sure there is a forum for everything you want to discuss here, so we ask you keep your posts confined to the intended topics.
Four other issues also fall under this section: thread hijacking
, thread necromancy
, and link posting
Thread hijacking is defined on this board as "any post that attempts to derail or change the direction of a thread". If you need to address a new issue in the course of a thread, please start a new thread.Thread Necromancy
Thread necromancy is defined on this board as "replying to a thread that has had no activity for more than two weeks". If you wish to revisit the topic an older thread covers, please start a new thread. You may reference the old thread if necessary. If an old thread is necro'ed, it will be closed to new posts.Multi-Posting
Multi-posting is defined on this board as "making two or more posts consecutively by a single member". Multi-posting often only serves as a method for increasing one's post-count artificially. If you find that you have more to say on a subject, but no one has yet replied to your last post, please simply edit your last post. This ruling includes "bumping". If you feel that a thread needs to be at the top of the forum, talk to one of the moderators about having it set as a Sticky post. They will ultimately decide on whether it merits the status or not.Link Posting
In order to curb the posting of spam on this board, we have instituted a "probation" period for new members. Until this period has passed, new members are not permitted to post any links. Based on the current volume of posting, we have set this period at five days and five posts. If the usage on this site changes significantly, the duration of the period will be revisted.Signatures and Avatars
For the sake of our members who are still using small screen resolutions, there are restrictions over the size of signatures permitted on this board. Signatures may contain no more than one single image with four or five lines of accompanying text. The dimensions of the image should be no larger than 400 pixels wide by 200 pixels tall. Exceptions to this rule will be examined on a case-by-case basis. Any text more than four or five lines should be placed on a website and linked to, rather than included as a signature.
Avatars larger than 100x100 pixels are not permitted.Politics
In the past, the discussion of politics on our forums has resulted in very inflammatory comments. As a result, the discussion was previously banned. However, we have decided to lift this ban on a probationary basis. If we find that our members cannot discuss political issues calmly and maturely, we will reinstate this ban immediately
In the past, Clan Titan has forbidden the discussion of any topic that violates the laws of the United States. Specific examples include piracy and the use of controlled substances. However, I -- speaking as the owner and administrator of this account -- also feel that the discussion
of such issues is protected by the First Amendment of the United States constitution. Therefore, we will allow these topics for the purpose of intelligent, thoughtful discussion
. If we find that this is not possible within our membership, we will again ban the discussion of these topics. It is forbidden to post information involving the distribution or location of illegal goods and services.Pornography
As we have many children in our community, the discussion and posting of pornography is explicitly forbidden
. The definition of pornography on this board is defined at the moderators' discretion, and need not be defined to the membership.Copyright Issues
Speaking again as Curulan, the Clan's leader, I am a strong proponent of the intelligent protection of copyright
. In short, this is the belief that copyright exists to protect the incentive to create artistic works. As such, I defend the copyrights of other people. If you use another artist's work in your signature or other graphics, Clan Titan requests that you first obtain the artist's permission. If you are realistically unable to contact the original artist, the Clan will permit the unauthorized use of their work under the assumption of "fair use" until such time as we are contacted by the original artist. If we are requested to remove unauthorized derivations of an artist's work, we will do so.Profanity
Again, because we have a large number of children on this board, Clan Titan also wishes to keep it free from profanity. Profanity is not explicitly banned, but it is censored in all non-roleplaying forums. Even in roleplaying, we ask that you keep profanity to a minimum. Our chat has a minor censor built in, but you will be ejected and possibly banned from chat and the forums if you use excessive profanity in either place.Advertisements for other clans / Referral links
As a rule, Titan forbids the advertisement for other Clans on our forums. This includes the posting of referral links which can be used to provide a benefit to a specific clan or member in a given game. An exception is made for a single
referral link, for yourself, in your signature. Additionally, the link must be specifically labeled as a referral link.
The posting of any
referral link for a game that uses referral links as its core function, such as Outwar, is strictly forbidden. The posting of any
referral link for a site that pays money to the user is also strictly forbidden.Board Moderation
Our Global moderators
monitor our board in two ways: by examining posts that are reported by the members and by reading through the forums daily. If they find a post or other action that goes against the intent of this board and its policy, they have full authority to take action against the offender. The following "punishment" scale has been set up for this purpose:
First Offense: Private warning sent by PM and email.
Second Offense: Account deactivated for one week.
Third Offense: Account deactivated and banned for one month.
Fourth Offense: Ban by IP address. Duration will be determined by the moderator.
Fifth Offense: Permanent ban and ejection from our Clan's games.
For the sake of propriety, the previous scale is primarily for policy purposes, and the moderators will fully examine
the severity of the offense. As such, the punishment enacted with largely be at the Moderators' discretion. However, in all cases the poster will be informed of his offense and why he was punished.
Moderators and Administrators have the final say in all moderation issues.