Code of Conduct for the Forums

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Code of Conduct

These are the codes of conduct for the forum, all users agree to abide by these codes of conduct. Those who do not may be subject to warnings and then being blocked from access.

Welcome to the VEBA Discussion Forums! These forums are here to provide you with a friendly environment where you can discuss ideas, give game play advice, and converse about any other aspects of VEBA games with other players. Community forums are at their best when participants treat their fellow posters with respect and courtesy. Therefore, we ask that you conduct yourself in a civilized manner when participating in these forums.
The guidelines and rules listed below explain what behavior is expected of you and what behavior you can expect from other community members. Note that the following guidelines are not exhaustive, and may not address all manner of offensive behavior. As such, the forum moderators shall have full discretion to address any behavior that they feel is inappropriate. Also, suspension or banishment from VEBA will always result in the same in regard to forum access. Your access to these forums is a “privilege,” and not a “right.” VEBA reserves the right to suspend your access to these forums at any time for reasons that include, but are not necessarily limited to, your failure to abide by these guidelines.
We reserve the right to evaluate each incident on a case by case basis. The action we take may be more lenient or more severe than those listed under each category:

Racial / Ethnic
Account Trading
Extreme Sexuality / Violence
Real-Life Threats
Distribution of Real-Life Personal Information
Sexual Orientation
Obscene / Vulgar
Inappropriate Language
Harassing or Defamatory
Major Religions or Religious Figures
National
Illegal Drugs or Activities
Spamming or Trolling
Creating Duplicate Threads
Cross Linking Threads
Advertising
Discussing Disciplinary Actions
Circumventing a Suspension / Ban
Racial / Ethnic
This category includes both clear and masked language and/or links to websites containing such language or images which:
Promote racial/ethnic hatred
Are recognized as a racial/ethnic slur
Allude to a symbol of racial/ethnic hatred

If a player is found to have participated in such actions, he/she will:
Be temporarily banned from the forums
Be given a final warning, after which any further Code of Conduct violations may result in a permanent ban from the forums
Account Trading
This category includes both advertising your account or characters for sale or trade, or advertising that you are looking for an account or characters to purchase through:
Forum posts
Linking to eBay or other online marketplaces
Listing you have something for trade and then offering your contact information

If a player is found to have participated in such actions, he/she will:
Be given a final warning, after which any further Code of Conduct violations may result in a permanent ban from the forums
Be permanently banned from the forums
Extreme Sexuality / Violence
This category includes both clear and masked language and/or links to websites containing such language or images which:
Refer to extreme and/or violent sexual acts
Refer to extremely violent real life actions
Pornography

If a player is found to have participated in such actions, he/she will:
Be permanently banned from the forums
Real-Life Threats
This category includes both clear and masked language and/or links to websites containing such language or images which:
Refer to violence in any capacity
If a player is found to have participated in such actions, he/she will:
Be temporarily banned from the forums
Be given a final warning, after which any further Code of Conduct violations may result in a permanent ban from the forums
Distribution of Real-Life Personal Information
This category includes:
Releasing any real-life information about other players

If a player is found to have participated in such actions, he/she will:
Be permanently banned from the forums
Sexual Orientation
This category includes both clear and masked language and/or links to websites containing such language or images which:
Insultingly refer to any aspect of sexual orientation pertaining to themselves or other players

If a player is found to have participated in such actions, he/she will:
Be temporarily banned from the forums
Be given a final warning, after which any further Code of Conduct violations may result in a permanent ban from the forums
Obscene / Vulgar
This category includes both clear and masked language in posts, signatures, and/or links to websites containing such language or images which:
Are an inappropriate reference to human anatomy or bodily functions
Are pornographic in nature

If a player is found to have participated in such actions, he/she will:
Be given a temporary ban from the forums, depending upon severity
While these repercussions may seem harsh, we feel very strongly that this behavior has no place on the forums due to its extremely offensive and inappropriate nature.
Inappropriate Language
This category includes language and/or links to websites containing such language or images which:
Are a mildly inappropriate reference to human anatomy or bodily functions
Are otherwise considered objectionable
Bypass the Mature Language filter

If a player is found to have participated in such actions, he/she will:
Be given a temporary ban from the forums, depending upon severity
Harassing or Defamatory
This category includes both clear and masked language and/or links to websites containing such language or images which:
Insultingly refer to other characters, players, VEBA employees, or groups of people
Result in ongoing harassment to other players, VEBA executive, or groups of people

If a player is found to have participated in such actions, he/she will:
Be given a temporary ban from the forums, depending upon severity

Harassment takes many forms, and is not necessarily limited to the type of language used, but the intent. Repeatedly targeting a specific player with harassment can lead to more severe action. The idea behind this is to prevent any one player from consistently being uncomfortable in the forums.
Major Religions or Religious Figures
This category includes both clear and masked language and/or links to websites containing such language or images which:
Negatively portray major religions or religious figures

If a player is found to have participated in such actions, he/she will:
Be given a temporary ban from the forums, depending upon severity
National
This category includes language and/or links to websites containing such language or images which:
Promote national hatred
Are recognized as national slurs
Allude to symbols of national hatred

If a player is found to have participated in such actions, he/she will:
Be given a temporary ban from the forums, depending upon severity
Illegal Drugs or Activities
This category includes both clear and masked language and/or links to websites containing such language or images which:
Reference to abusing illegal drugs
Reference to performing illegal activities

If a player is found to have participated in such actions, he/she will:
Be given a temporary ban from the forums, depending upon severity
Spamming or Trolling
This category includes:
Excessively communicating the same phrase, similar phrases, or pure gibberish
Creating threads for the sole purpose of causing unrest on the forums
Causing disturbances in forum threads, such as picking fights, making off topic posts that ruin the thread, insulting other posters
Making non-constructive posts
Abusing the Reported Post feature by sending false alarms or nonsensical messages
Numbering a thread, IBTL, TLDR, or any other fad statements

If a player is found to have participated in such actions, he/she will:
Be given a temporary or permanent ban from the forums, depending upon severity
Creating Duplicate Threads
This category includes:
Creating threads about existing topics
Creating a separate thread about an existing topic for further discussion in more than one forum

If a player is found to have participated in such actions, he/she will:
Be given a temporary ban from the forums, depending upon severity
Cross Linking Threads
This category includes:
Linking to threads from other forums
Creating threads with the sole purpose of linking another post

If a player is found to have participated in such actions, he/she will:
Be given a temporary ban from the forums
Advertising
This category includes advertisement of:
Any non-beneficial, non-VEBA related businesses, organizations, or websites

If a player is found to have participated in such actions, he/she will:
Be given a temporary ban from the forums, depending upon severity
Discussing Disciplinary Actions
This category includes:
Creating posts or threads to discuss disciplinary actions taken against a player,

If a player is found to have participated in such actions, he/she will:
Be given a temporary ban from the forums, depending upon severity
Circumventing a Suspension / Ban
This category includes:
Posting on another account
Having someone post on your behalf

If a player is found to have participated in such actions, he/she will:
Be permanently banned from posting on the forums
IMPORTANT
Repeatedly violating any area of the VEBA Terms of Use or Forum Code of Conduct, including the areas detailed above, will often result in permanent banishment from the forums.
This policy is not language-restrictive. Language that falls under this policy will always be subject to the repercussions listed, whether it is inappropriate in English or any other language.

The bottom line is that we want VEBA to be a fun and safe environment for all players. While playing on VEBA and posting on its forums, you will encounter many other players who share different experiences and come from vastly different backgrounds. While certain language and images may not be offensive to you, consider the fact that that same language and images may have a completely different effect on someone else. We’ve done everything we can to make this a great environment – now it’s up to you!

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