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05-06-2014, 09:51 AM
Welcome to the official ArcheAge forums! We're pleased you've joined the community and are eager for you to add your voice to conversations and start new discussions. That said, before you dive in, we ask that you adhere to these two complimentary philosophies of mankind's great leaders:

"Be excellent to each other." - Bill S. Preston of Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure
"Don't be a dick." - Wil Wheaton of Star Trek: The Next Generation

The official forums intend to serve as a comfortable, safe environment for ideas, thoughts, and experiences to be communicated with the community and Trion Worlds. While many who join the ArcheAge community will inherently understand our goal of a constructive and inviting community, there may be occasions where precise clarity is needed to determine just which behaviors and content are appropriate for the official forums. To address this need, we have compiled the following list of rules.

Please read these rules in full as ignorance of the rules does not excuse violation of them. Depending on the severity, violations may result in a warning, temporary suspension, or permanent closure of the account in question. Participating on the official ArcheAge forums is a privilege granted by Trion Worlds, not a right, and may be revoked for a temporary or permanent duration. For more information, please consult our Terms of Use (http://www.trionworlds.com/en/legal/terms-of-use/) and Privacy Policy (http://www.trionworlds.com/en/legal/privacy-policy/).

The Official ArcheAge Forums Rules

1) CONTENT: The following sections outline language, expressions, images, and naming of characters, accounts, external hyperlinks, or guilds, clear or masked, which is not allowed on the ArcheAge official forums.

A. Racism, Ethnicity, Nationality, Life Choices, Religion, and Politics

Anything that promotes, is recognized as, or alludes to symbols of racial, ethnic, national, life choice, religious, or political hatred or slurs.
Anything related to politics.
Anything related to religion.

B. Sexuality and Violence

Anything that promotes, is recognized as, or alludes to symbols of excessively sexual or violent acts.
Anything that promotes, is recognized as, or alludes to symbols of minors in sexual situations.
Anything that insults or demeans any aspect of any sexual orientation.
Anything construed as pornographic.
Any references to violence occurring outside of ArcheAge.

C. Personal Information, Attacks, and Threats

Any release of personal information about yourself, other individuals, or Trion Worlds employees with the exception of your own social media accounts or game network accounts.
Any language that can be perceived as an attack against other individuals or Trion Worlds employees.
Any direct or veiled threats of any nature including but not limited to violence or legal action made against yourself, other individuals, or Trion Worlds employees.

D. Inappropriate Obscenity, Vulgarity, and Profanity

Anything construed as referring to human anatomy or bodily functions inappropriately.
Anything construed as excessively crude or offensive. Especially with strong opinions, it is important to communicate as constructively and respectfully as possible.

E. Illegal Activity

Requesting, arranging, or offering copyright infringement (piracy), illegal activities, or illegal drugs.
Discussing illegal activity committed personally.
Posting anything that supports or encourages copyright or intellectual property infringement.

F. Harassment and Defamatory Statements

Anything construed as referring to other individuals or Trion Worlds employees using any disallowed content or behavior.

G. Discussion of Moderator Action

Excessive and direct reference to past, present, or future moderator action on the official ArcheAge forums. If you have questions about or wish to appeal moderator actions, please contact the Support Team or Community Team.
Excessive discussion or debate of the official ArcheAge forums rules.

H. Foreign Languages

Use of foreign languages to circumvent moderation.

I. Call-Outs

"Calling out" other users or Trion Worlds staff that devolves into harassment or attacks in the title or content of a thread or post. You may refer to in-game activities by character or player name but may not reference real-world activities.
Calling for the firing of Trion Worlds staff. Please note, this will result in immediate thread removal and the author's permanent suspension from the forums.

2) BEHAVIOR: The following sections outline actions which are not allowed on the official ArcheAge forums.

A. Disruption

Any language or actions intended to disturb other individuals.
Any disruption or exploitation of contests and promotions.
Provocative posting in a non-constructive manner.
Disruption of official threads started by a staff member. These threads may contain additional instructions, please heed them.
Disruptive practical jokes on any day other than April 1.

B. Spamming and Post Content

Excessive repetition of a single phrase, similar phrases, image or images, or incoherent gibberish.
Excessive use of Caps Lock.
"First posting".
Posts with minimal or no content.
Posts that do not contribute to the overall conversation.
Reposting about topics with existing major threads.
Posting threads not germane to a particular subforum.
Threads or posts whose primary purpose is dramatic effect rather than substantive discussion.
Posts made only to "bump" a thread to the front page of that forum section, manipulating the order of thread display.
Evasion of the profanity filter or obscuring of profanity in an attempt to evade detection. Profanity filter limitations are not a defense of evading it.

C. Advertising

Any promotion of non-Trion Worlds, non-ArcheAge commercial ventures. This includes direct and veiled promotion or recruitment for other games.

D. Scamming

Acquiring items, currency, or any other in-game possessions from another individual through misinformation, confusion, or fraud.

E. Cheating

All forms of illegal or unfair gameplay including the use of third-party applications to gain an unfair advantage. This includes the discussion of cheating or exploits.
If you suspect cheating is taking place or have knowledge of an exploit, please contact our Support Team or Community Team.

F. Multiple Accounts and Impersonation

Creation of multiple accounts by a single individual solely for use on the official forums. Note: Players who connect from the same location or computer may be subject to suspensions taken against other players connecting from that location or computer. In these cases, the moderators will make efforts to correctly determine the individuals involved and only take action against the offenders.
Creation of multiple accounts for the purpose of evading suspension or account closure. Suspensions are issued against individuals, not accounts. Please note, users who connect from the same location or computer may be subject to suspensions taken against other users from the same location or computer. In these cases, the Moderation Team will make their best efforts to determine the identity of individuals, however this is solely at the discretion of the Moderation Team.
Any impersonation of other individuals or Trion Worlds or its partners' employees. Note: All Trion Worlds and partner company representatives are required to have a custom title denoting their position and employer, so you will always be aware of whom is a company representative.

G. Misrepresentation

Misrepresentation of Trion Worlds or its partners. This includes falsely quoting moderators or staff members, or quoting moderators or staff members in such a way that the content or context of the material quoted is changed.

H. Trading In-Game Items or Accounts for Real-World Currency

Requesting, arranging, or offering the exchange of in-game items or accounts for real-world currency with other players.
Requesting, arranging, or offering the exchange of real-world currency with other players.

3) MODERATOR PREROGATIVE: Interpretation of the above rules is at the sole discretion of the moderators. Content and behavior outside of these listed rules are also subject to moderator review and action. All decisions made by Trion Worlds moderators are final.

4) ACCOUNT CLOSURE: Account closures executed by the Trion Worlds moderators are permanent. New accounts made by owners of closed accounts will be summarily closed.

5) FORUM NAMES: Forum names are subject to these rules. Account holders with forum names that are in violation of these rules may be contacted and asked to change their forum name or otherwise warned or suspended from the official ArcheAge forums. If a new appropriate forum name is not provided by the account holder in a reasonable amount of time, it will be changed to an appropriate forum name by Trion Worlds staff.

Accounts found to be violating any of these rules may:

Be given a warning.
Be given a final warning where any further violations will result in suspension from the official ArcheAge forums or account closure.
Be temporarily suspended from the official ArcheAge forums.
Be permanently closed.

In cases where moderator action is required, moderators may edit, move, or delete posts containing violations of the forum rules. As listed above, moderators may warn, suspend, or permanently ban accounts from the forums. The action taken will be based on both the frequency of violations made by a specific user and the specific violation in question. In extreme cases, action may also be taken against game accounts for forum violations. Please note that this list of rules will be updated as necessary.

Not all situations are covered by these rules and Trion Worlds reserves the right to moderate at our discretion. Failure to follow these rules or any direction from Trion Worlds representatives may result in action being taken against your account.

Now, with these guidelines in mind, we invite you to add your voice to the official ArcheAge forums and become a constructive member of its community! If you haven’t yet, be sure to post your first thread in the Introductions section to meet your fellow ArcheAge fans. Thanks for joining us!

The ArcheAge Team

09-16-2014, 10:41 AM
Minor formatting changes.

10-03-2014, 05:06 PM

Naming/Accusing/Calling Out: While you MAY refer to in-game activities by character or player name, you MAY NOT reference real-world activities, nor can your accusation or call-out devolve into harassment or attacks.

12-18-2014, 04:01 PM

Format rebuilt.

01-15-2015, 12:24 PM
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02-16-2015, 07:46 PM
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