TOPICS OF DISCUSSION:
Discussions should be placed in the most relevant category, e.g. discussing Fallout 3 companions should be place in the Fallout 3 category, roleplays in the roleplay category, etc. Any discussion of site rules, policies, public notices by staff, etc. should be placed in the rules/notices category. Off-topic discussions are allowed in the general topic category. Discussion is not limited to the Fallout series, and Patrons should not demand a change in subject matter on a particular thread, as this may constitute disruption.
Where the number of off-topic discussions is limiting the ability of Patrons to ask game-related questions and seek help, Bouncers, at their discretion, may ask for all "off-topic" discussion to be limited to a specific "off-topic" thread (or threads).
GROUNDS FOR DELETION AND BLOCKING:
It may be necessary for Bouncers to lock topics or remove replies within a particular topic when they fail to meet our guidelines. Bouncers that lock topics or remove replies should always leave a reply in the topic explaining their actions. Replies to a topic that are not related to the topic, when they become so prevalent that they detract from the original topic, ie "hijacking," may result in a Bouncer requesting Patrons to stay on topic. Continued off-topic replies derailing the original poster's topic may result in the topic being locked.
Posts which do not follow the following rules are likely to be deleted, and may result in you being blocked from further posting:
1. Personal attacks, harassment, or bullying.
2. Racial bigotry, sexually degrading language, or other hate speech.
3. Extreme use of profanity/cursing towards another Patron is not permitted.
4. Violation of personal privacy, which includes revealing personal information about Patrons (e.g. real name, location, age, gender, etc.)
5. Linking to external sources, such as websites, which violate the aforementioned rules. Notably, publicly linking to websites such as Facebook or Twitter that violate personal privacy, is not permitted without prior consent from the Patron whose privacy might be violated.
6. Trolling or general disruption towards other Patrons and their discussion experiences. This often includes, but is not limited to: excessive usage of capital letters, punctuation marks, deliberate distortions of the English language (such as "1337" or "Dolan" speak,) excessive usage of languages other than English, making arrangements to troll or otherwise disrupt another chat room, website or service. This does not prevent you from encouraging others to visit, if the topic of conversation on that site is likely to be of interest to other Patrons.
7. Being a dick. As a guideline, don't go out of your way to irritate others; vicious abuse is grounds for sanctions.
8. Whining. Users who ask for something from another Patron and are refused it should not stoop to complaining. It is acceptable to be persistent, but only in a mature manner.
9. Discussion of real-world issues and events is generally permitted; however, before raising any of these points or joining a discussion on these, you should remember that your fellow Patrons may hold strong views in these areas. Where a particular subject appears to be causing distress, offense, or is otherwise disrupting the ability for others to enjoy the discussion service, a Bouncer, at their discretion, may direct that a conversation either be closed or taken to a private form. This may be done either by request to a [u]Bouncer[/u], or by the Bouncer's own initiative, when those factors are present. In the event of Bouncers disagreeing to end a discussion, the decision to end takes precedence, unless there are more active Bouncers who disagree with the decision than agree. Bouncers should avoid closing discussions outside of a publicly made request when they are involved in the discussion (unless they are the only active Bouncer.)
10. Spamming. The meaning should be obvious: don't say the same thing six times because no one is responding to you, don't keep yammering on about a subject nobody cares about, don't create meaningless and/or random posts, including, but not limited to hello/goodbye topics, can also be considered spam, alongside disruptive Internet memes and posts designed purely to solicit upvotes without any actual subject matter.
Any questions related to the rules can be asked about at our Ask a Bouncer thread, and as such, individual threads should not be made.
While there is no limit to the amount of accounts that a legitimized Patron can take advantage of, use of multiple accounts to evade a ban is not permitted. By attempting to circumvent Bouncer discretion, such actions will result in alternate accounts (sockpuppets) being banned for an indefinite period, and will result in a block of your I.P. address from the service. In such a case where we are forced to I.P. ban, both the main account, and its sockpuppet accounts, will be nuked from our records, removing any and all contributions made across the website.
Multiple accounts should also not be used to impersonate other Patrons, and in doing so, you may be subject to a I.P. ban.
Ban lengths are purely at the discretion of the Bouncer placing the ban. This means they are free to ignore the following guidelines if they believe there are grounds to do so. This could relate to the content, ignoring a warning, obvious bad faith, etc.
Should a ban take place, it may be appealed (once) in the appropriate appeal forum, and after a certain amount of activity of good behaviour, offenses will be removed at Bouncer/Administrator discretion.
In general, however, the recommended ban scale, should it be felt a ban is required is:
First offense: 3 days
Second offense: 7 days
Third offense: 1 month
Fourth, and subsequent offenses: Lifetime ban
Bouncers and Administrators are reminded that they have the freedom to deal with situations with a less firm hand if required... If someone intends a bit of good humour, realizes their mistake, and apologizes, there may be no need for a ban if staff feels as if the apology is genuine and the lesson has been learned.
When you post a discussion or reply, you are expected to have prior knowledge of all of these rules. Ignorance of these rules is not an excuse, as they cover common courtesy to others.