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Forum Ethos & Etiquette

This Soccer Manager Forum has been created with the intention of providing members with a comfortable place to discuss and debate primarily, but not exclusively, the game of Soccer Manager and football itself. The Forum presents members with an opportunity to share information, exchange ideas, ask questions and generally just to meet and enjoy the company of other football enthusiasts from around the world.

Forum Rules & Guidelines.

I. Posting Rules

Note:

Rules of conduct apply to posting and all profile fields of your user account, including, but not limited to username, user title, web site, avatar, signature, location, or any other informational field that is available for edit in your personal profile.

While the Devs / Supervisors and moderators of this forum will attempt to remove or edit any generally objectionable material as quickly as possible, it is impossible to review every message. Therefore you acknowledge that all posts made to these forums express the views and opinions of the author (poster) and not the administrators, moderators or Soccermanager (except for posts by these people) and hence will not be held liable.

You agree not to post or link to any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, defamatory, hateful, threatening, and sexually-orientated or any other material that may violate any applicable laws. Doing so may lead to you being immediately and permanently banned (and your service provider being informed). The IP address of all posts is recorded to aid in enforcing these conditions. You agree that Soccermanager / Devs, Supervisors and moderators of this forum have the right to remove, edit, move or close any topic at any time should they see fit (if the latter happens always remember before getting mad and saying something you may regret that it can be appealed against. Yes, a thread may not have needed to have been closed etc; but closed/deleted threads can always be re-opened).

As a user you agree to any information you have entered above being stored in a database. While this information will not be disclosed to any third party without your consent the webmaster, administrator and moderators cannot be held responsible for any hacking attempt that may lead to the data being compromised.

II. Basic Rules

1. Flaming

1.1 Do not post any messages that harass, insult, belittle, threaten or flame another member or guest. Debates are fine, but argue with the point, not the person.

2. Trolling

2.1 Do not come to this site with the purpose of starting a dispute. Anything seen as trolling may result in you being infractioned by SM Moderator or a straight ban by SM Dev / Supervisor depending on the severity.

2.2 Note that a person disagreeing with your opinion is NOT trolling; keep it civil, even if you're sure the other person is wrong.

3. Spamming/Spam bot attack

3.1 Please do not double post or cross-post the same message in multiple forums.

3.2 You will not mass-PM or mass-email multiple members of this site the same message.

3.3 Worthless posts with no content and nonsensical posts eat up space and waste everyone's time. These are not allowed on any of the boards.

4. Offensive Posts, Links or Images

4.1 Do not use profanity, racial, ethnic, religious, sexual or other slurs, or post any other offensive or vulgar material. We have members from different countries, religions, backgrounds. Even if you express a point of view that is very popular in your culture, it may generate a negative reaction from members in another part of the world so please exercise tact.

4.2 If you post links to other websites that contain offensive or vulgar material then this should be accompanied by a warning alerting other forumers to this. For example, if you wish to post a link to a Youtube music video where the lyrics contain swearwords, please comment that it contains swearwords. A common sense approach should apply and will be applied by the moderators. Mods have absolute discretion to remove any links they deem unsuitable (the inclusion of a warning will not alter this).

4.3 Do not post any images that be construed as sexually gratifying, offensive or racist in nature. e.g. women in bikinis, underwear or any semi naked picture.

5. No Disclosure of Personal Information

5.1 Do not disclose any other member's email, real name, address, phone number, IP address, or other personal information.

5.2 This includes the posting contents of emails and private messages without the sender's consent.

5.3 Do not bring personal disputes into the forums with Moderators or Supervisors as bans and warnings issued to other users are considered personal information.

6. Misleading Titles

6.1 The subject line of the post should be as informative as possible about the content of the post. This also reduces duplicate posts. Deliberately misleading titles may lead to warnings and/or infractions being issued.

7. Duplicate Posts

7.1 Use the search tool at the top before posting and make sure someone has not already done a post similar to yours.

7.2 Duplicate or similar threads are subject to being merged or closed at the discretion of the moderator.

8. Playing the Role of Moderator

8.1 Members that are not a moderator should not correct posters like one. If you have a problem with a post, use the "Report This Post" button, rather than playing the parent. More often than not, that causes more problems than it fixes. Let us handle what is ours to handle.

8.2 This includes (but the list is not exhaustive) reminding another user to use the search tool; pointing out a duplicate thread or accusing another member of posting spam.

9. Attacking/Disobeying the Moderators

9.1 If you disagree with the actions of a Moderator, it is fine to do so as long as it is done so in a polite and constructive manner by PM. Creating threads on the matter instead is not a suitable method of resolving an issue, and said threads may be closed.

9.2 If you are unable to discuss and resolve an issue amicably, then please refer your grievance to a Supervisor; providing evidence to support your side of the dispute.

9.3 Dancing around the rules, purposely skirting them just to invoke a reaction is not advised. If you are deemed to be doing this then appropriate action may be considered.

9.4 No posting on behalf of someone who's banned. That'll probably get you banned, too. The idea of being banned is that they're no longer a part of this online forum community and are no longer allowed to interact here.

9.5 No making threads that give glory to banned people. It's not a violation to mention them in passing but no threads that focus on them. Prohibited threads include "What banned member do you miss/would you bring back?" type of threads. They're banned; don't give them that attention. If a Dev / Supervisor or Moderator gives you specific instructions in a warning, and you blatantly disregard it, you are subject to being banned.

10. Board Specific Rules

10.1 Please check the sticky threads at the top of each board for any board specific rules.

11. One Account per User/ Ban Circumvention

11.1 Multiple accounts are not permitted for members of the forum.

11.2 Never create another account in order to get around a ban. This may lead to this account being banned and your banning time being extended on your first and at an exponential rate thereafter.

11.3 If you have a grievance with being banned then please contact a Supervisor.

11.4 If you feel that you have a good reason for needing more than one account, contact a Dev / Supervisor and ask for permission prior to setting up a new account.

11.5 The actions of trying to get around a certain ban that has been put on you such as registering under a new e-mail, username, or IP address will not be tolerated. This could highly result in a permanent ban on all levels (not just forum but the actual gameworlds that you are in), so please use the appeal system and wait until your case has been resolved.

11.6 Using an account solely to report posts is not permitted.

12. Thread Hijacking and general etiquette

12.1 Taking a thread off-topic to pursue one's own agenda is not permitted.

12.2 Excessive use of caps is widely regarded online as shouting, so please avoid this.

12.3 Please avoid the use of excessively large fonts.

13. Abuse of Report Bad Post

13.1 Multiple reports per thread, duplicate or frivolous reports will be deemed abuse and subject to warning and/or infraction. Every report is addressed. Please do not report something more than once.

14. Plagiarism/Ripping of Material

14.1 Copying content created by others be this images, prose or any other medium is not allowed.

14.2 This includes copying from other forums. Permission needs to be obtained in advance from anyone whose content you wish to reproduce or copy in any way before posting it on this forum.

15. Filter System and use of Inappropriate Language

15.1 Due to the range of ages and cultures that play Soccermanager a filter system is in place to automatically edit out certain words, which are considered to be “swearing or abusive”. Even if a member notes a word being filtered out that they do not deem offensive, it does not give them the right to keep that word in the text. Users are therefore expected to review their posts, and edit out “starred words”. Failure to do so may result in action being taken.

15.2 If a word doesn’t get past filter (spelt correctly) then it is not allowed full stop.

15.3 Playing word games to get around the filter system are not permitted. e.g. – “Its*sucking fhit. The people who make these rules are*cunning stunts.”

Any member that tries to play word games to get passed filter will be punished appropriately.

15.4 Replacing words with punctuation to infer a swearword, or part editing words, is also not permitted. e.g.- “This is a load of $£%!”; or “p!ss off”; and will again be punished appropriately.

15.5 Substituting swear words for “urban” alternatives is not permitted. e.g. “Flooking hell!”. Moderators are quite capable of looking suspicious variations of words up in online “Urban Dictionaries” or “Profanisaurus” publications.

15.6 Substituting swear words for abbreviations is not permitted. Any member that posts an abbreviation will be punished appropriately.

15.7 We are sure there are many more correct allowed words that can take the place of these, plus it keeps posts looking more neat and tidy.

16. Forum Reputation System

16.1 Abuse of the rep system is not permitted. If any of these rules are broken, or any misuse of the rep system occurs, the SM Dev/Supervisors reserve the right to remove the rep, remove people's ability to rep, reduce their reputation power or points, and even to ban members, as they see fit. Devs/Supervisors also reserve the right to check people's private messages if they suspect that any activities that break the above rules are being conducted through this system. Some examples of what is deemed as abuse of the system are highlighted in the points below.

16.2 Rep Bumping - This is when people leave rep to raise someone else's rep points or power.

16.3 Rep Begging - Posting asking for rep. PM'ing asking for rep. Repping asking for rep. Asking for rep in signatures or usernames. Any form of pressure to rep is not allowed.

16.4 Rep Announcing - Telling members on thread you’ve left them Rep. This can be considered as a hint for some back. All members will see from user CP who/when and which thread no need to broadcast it as these sorts of message may be treated as Spam.

16.5 Rep Roundabouts - Repping between the same group of people back and forth in order to raise rep quickly and secretly.

16.6 Empty Reps - Rep given without any comments. Will be assumed to be rep bumping.

16.7 Rep Bribing - Offering rep as a reward/sweetener for anything given in return either on or off the forum.

16.8 Usernames, user titles, signatures are not allowed to contain references to rep.

III. Serious Infringement Rules

These rules are separated from the basic rules as the penalties for breaching these rules carry the severest penalties.

17. Advertising

17.1 Posting of advertisements for products or services, links to auctions, affiliate links, links to promote websites, and so forth is not allowed. Only exemption to the above is with approval from Soccermanager only. No Supervisor/Moderator can allow any thread containing advertising without Soccermanager’s prior consent.

17.2 Links to commercial or business-related sites are not permitted in signatures.

17.3 The use of spam bots is not permitted. Any account suspected of being administered by a spam bot will be immediately banned.

18. Racism, Homophobic comments, sexist comments.

18.1 Any comments deemed to be Racist, Homophobic or Sexist will result in an immediate IP ban from a Moderator, which may be made permanent on review by a Supervisor or Dev, dependent on the context it was used in.

19. Hacking into Another Account

19.1 If you are caught hacking into another users forum account, then you will be banned. It is also very likely that action will be taken against in-game accounts at the discretion of SM.

20. General Trouble Making

20.1 If you are thought to be causing trouble by a Moderator they will notify Supervisors and if they agree then there is a big possibility you will be removed from the forum.

20.2 This includes leading another poster into a thread or “board trap” where one member tries to make the other one snap by messaging them or subtly suggesting something that would cause one to argue back. Our Mods are fair and if they pass judgment that you are here to cause problems and you don’t agree then again contact Supervisor .

20.3 This includes posting with intent to be deliberately disruptive or continuing to post views/information that is without obvious interest to the wider forum community.

20.4 This includes posts that can be construed as being detrimental to both the forum and the game or encouraging others to act in this manner.

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These rules are subject to change. We reserve the right to remove, edit or move posts at our discretion.

These policies, while sounding official, are meant as a way to reduce any confusion over what is and isn’t allowed. Please to not be put off by them. Welcome to the forums and we hope you enjoy participating.

Many thanks,

Devs/Sups and Mods.

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