Molotov is a community where all should feel safe to participate. These rules are designed to achieve this purpose.
ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT
- The administration team only acts as guardians and caretakers of the community. They do not embody in any sense ownership of or control over either the community or any outlet of it (e.g. forums, chat groups, etc.), save insofar as they are in place to ensure compliance with the rules and the general smooth running of the community.
- The administration team is also responsible for carrying out any and all tasks deemed necessary by the community to facilitate the playing of games, establishment of avenues of communication (e.g. channels in instant message chats, separate forums, etc.) and other similar purposes.
- The administration team shall be selected every year by election from amongst the membership of the community, utilising the standard polling system included in phpbb.
- Persons seeking to become a member of the administration team must have been a member of the community for at least one year, determined by date of registration on the forums.
- Persons seeking to become a member of the administration team must be publicly nominated by another member of the community on the forums, and be seconded by a second member. Each member of the community may only nominate one member, and only second one member. They must be separate members.
- Members of the community are strongly encouraged to nominate their fellow members based on high standards of personal responsibility, temperament, technical ability, and upstanding morality. Choosing the administration team is not and should not be a matter of popularity.
- Elections for the administration team will take the form of a nomination thread, followed by a main election thread, followed by a run-off in any case where there is no clear winning selection of four.
- The administration team shall not number less than four "admins". Once chosen, "admins" are free to select no more than two "global moderators" to assist them.
- If any member of the administration team resigns, a simple majority vote shall be held to determine whether immediate elections to reconstitute the full administration team are necessary. If the vote is in favour, nominations must begin within one week.
- No election period for any purpose shall last less than one week or more than four weeks unless sanctioned by simple majority vote.
- The community rules as currently in place cannot be altered without a vote of more than two-thirds of the community via poll in favour of a defined change to their content. Members are encouraged to routinely check the rules listed here against this pastebin copy (XXXXX) in case of unauthorised changes.
- Members should be respectful towards each other. We will not always agree, but disagreement is no excuse for behaving poorly towards each other. Members should be aware of their impact, how interactions may affect others, and to the possibility of being wrong. The goal should not be to "win" every discussion, but to have a positive and healthy discussion.
- Molotov is open to a general audience. As such, users should not post imagery or text that is pornographic, violent, gore, etc., and should be mindful and wary when posting offensive text or imagery.
- Molotov is a community of adults, or minors with parental permission. There is no expectation that vulgar language not be used, nor that we operate in a sheltered environment where conflicts are forbidden. Nevertheless, the following guidelines must apply:
- Violence and threats of violence are not accepted. This includes incitement of violence, encouraging to commit self-harm, and sharing or threatening to share a member's sensitive or identifying information.
- Hurtful or harmful language relating to background, family status, gender, gender identity or expression, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, native language, age, ability, race and/or ethnicity, national origin, socioeconomic status, religion, geographic location, and other defining attributes are unacceptable. Rules in this regard must always been carefully considered, as there is a fine but definite line between friendly expression and joking, and genuinely harmful behaviour. If you are in any doubt at all, it is better to remain silent. This includes repeated subtle and/or indirect discrimination. If you are asked to stop by another member, stop.
- Members should bear in mind at all times that there is a difference between criticising a government, organisation, belief, individual, etc., and attacking the same because of any of the above differentiators.
- Accounts may only be used by one person. Sharing between family, friends, or any others is not permitted. Registration is free, so there is no reason not to create a unique account. You are responsible for any posts made with your account on any community-related service.
- Any impersonation of a member of the community in any mode of communication is strictly prohibited and will result in an immediate ban.
- The sharing of personal information, contact details, or any other sensitive information is highly discouraged. Members of the community who share the information of others without their consent will be immediately banned.
- Harassment of members is prohibited. This includes intimidating them, sending them rude or unwanted messages, and personally attacking members of the administration team for the enforcement of rules.
- Hoaxes intending to purposely mislead other members to their detriment are prohibited. This includes sensationalism, and giving advice you know to be harmful or incorrect. Exceptions to this include in-character actions in a game, provided you have not adopted a position of trust in relation to that member.
- Keep your comments coherent. Messages may be removed or edited for clarity because of poor spelling, grammar, or logic.
- Civility and respect towards other users when engaging in a debate is expected.
- Where possible, aim to use reputable sources and news articles when engaging in discussions.
- Pointless and one-word posts will tend to be deleted where they serve no purpose. Examples include just posting "LOL", "FIRST", etc., over-posted memes, irrelevant images or videos, etc.
- Overposting is not permitted. Examples include multiple pointless posts in the same thread, posts with no real content, making the same post several times, posting purely to obtain a higher post count, etc.
- Use proper grammar and spelling when posting or commenting.
- Refrain form using "text-message" style communication, such as "u" for "you", "ur" for "your", etc.
- Keep any topics and posts on the forums relevant and on-topic.
- Do not "bump" topics to get them to the top of any forum discussion.
- Do not include spoilers for any kind of media (television, films, games, etc.) without clarification in advance. The forum also has spoiler tags which you are advised to use.
- English is the lingua franca of the community. Non-English posts and comments should have accompanying English translations. There are some exceptions, such as short or well-known phrases, but on the whole non-English is discouraged.
- Avatars and signature must be in good taste, as well as complying with all community rules. Members are expected to act with common sense, and avoid images of pornography, vulgarity, violence, or images that are suggestive of hate groups or hate speech. For example, even if a member is playing Nazi Germany in a game, using the swastika as an avatar or signature is considered in poor taste as well as a violation of community rules. Members will be required to change avatars or signatures deemed too controversial or that are particularly irritating to other members.
- Trolling, or other behaviour intended to anger other members or intentionally cause negative actions, is discouraged. This can be a subjective call, as in some occasions trolling can be joking or harmless, but a pattern of trolling behaviour or a particularly severe instance will result in disciplinary action.
- Gamemasters (GMs) have sole authority over conduct in their games where, in the ordinary course of playing, such conduct does not breach the wider rules. They are free to discipline community members at their own discretion (e.g. removing players from their games, ignoring their actions, etc.), provided such actions are within reason. If a player finds a GM's actions to be questionable, they should appeal to the administration team.
- The community should at all times remember that GMs run games of their own will and out of their own free time. They are doing the community a service, one which the community is not automatically entitled to. They should therefore be treated with respect and appreciation.
- You are expected to participate in games in good faith. Players should enter into games in a spirit of fair play, operate within the rules of the forum and the game in question, and must not use out-of-game methods to gain an advantage, influence the game, or otherwise 'cheat'. This includes staff abuse of powers to affect games or their position in games, such as, for example, misusing administrative permissions to view an opponent's private forums.
- We are all here to enjoy ourselves. This is supposed to be fun, and it isn't real. Remember that your enemy in a game is not your enemy as a person. Game related semi-roleplaying banter is permitted, but make sure you do not take it too far, and avoid making anyone uncomfortable.
- It is the responsibility of community members to ensure they are up to date with the community rules.
- All rules apply to every aspect of the community, including private messages, forum posts, and the use of instant messaging services associated with this community.
- The administration team assumes good faith when dealing with violations, but will resolutely enforce them against repeat offenders.
- Failure to abide by community rules will result in a warning, issued both by email and forum private message. If you do not receive these warnings due to either not providing a current email address or failing to check your forum private messages, this will not be accepted as an excuse for continuing to break the rules.
- After three such warnings, the administration team is empowered to ban you from the community. Severe breaches may result in an instant ban.
- In varying cases, the administration team may apply any reasonable disciplinary action if they feel the rules to be too strict. They may not impose a stricter interpretation.
- The administration team may edit, move, or delete any messages where community rules have been violated, without prior contact with the author. They must, however, account for such actions publicly where posts are deleted or moved, and utilise the "edited by" function where not, giving reasons.
- If you feel you have been treated unfairly by a member of the administration team, please comment in the Administration forum.
- Attempts to evade bans or circumvent disciplinary actions will result in further discipline. If you feel you have been unfairly banned or wish to appeal, you are advised to contact a fellow member of the community to plead your case on your behalf, or to ask them to facilitate contact with a member of the administration team.
- Members of the community should not mute, block, or otherwise affect the ability of the administration team to contact or communicate with them. If you feel there are issues of harassment or other unacceptable behaviour, you are advised to contact another member of the administration team or make a post in the Administration forum.
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