The following is a short list of chat behaviors that can get you reported, or in trouble with players and moderators in chat. The official, complete Rules of User Content & Conduct can be found in the Terms of Service. For a full list of behaviors that may get you reported or suspended from the game, make certain to visit the linked page above. ------------- Strict Rules Don't break these, please. 1: No Bigotry / slurs! If it's a word with negative connotation toward a specific group [be it race, gender, disability, etc], even if you don't view it as negative, even if it could be applied to you, just don't use it! It's not a matter of 'catering to people who need to grow a thicker skin', it's a matter that the word's intended purpose is to put down a specific group, and people should be respected enough to not have to encounter that. At the very least, we can make sure they don't have to deal with it in Card Hunter. 2: No bullying/harassing! Any repeated efforts to put down another player, regardless of the reasoning, is harassment. Any efforts over time to do such is bullying- even more so if you do it without any provocation. Feel free to attack someone's argument, feel free to even get angry and snappish [though see rule 4]. Feel free to speak about how using inappropriate language is negative. But don't make comments solely to degrade or hurt another player. Forget thick-skin or personal respect, that's just not something we want to have to see in chat, or have to deal with ourselves when it comes around to us. 2a: No harassing over playstyle Please note, you're fully in your rights to be troubled over how fast or slow players play, or other elements of their playstyle- but you may not directly harass them over such. There is a 10 to 20 minute timer per player, and some people will use most of the time they are allotted. Of course, if you feel your opponent is intentionally stalling, you may report them for such, but even then, please conduct yourself respectfully toward them. Demanding a player goes faster [rather than asking politely that they do so] or insulting them over their approach to play can get you reported. 2b: No Threats Personal threats [such as death threats] against another player are immediately considered to be harassing speech. 3: No obscene lewdity! The game is approved for players of 13 years of age or older. Some younger players may even play alongside their parents. Out of respect to them- and the general desire to keep chat respectable- anything intended to be explicitly obscene or is obscene just to be obscene [and thus spam] is prohibited. This doesn't mean you have to curb your obsessive compulsion toward R-rated puns, just that you need to keep the more potentially offensive and explicit jokes out of chat. 4: No spamming! Spamming is defined as excessive off-topic/non-contributing posting. Generally flooding chat is the only way you'd end up brushing against this rule, but repeatedly posting a link [even if it's appropriate] unless asked for, or, say, commenting 'Dwarves rule!' every 10th comment in chat, might be considered spam. Generally, you'll know if you're spamming, because you're doing so intentionally. Regardless of if it's intentional or not, you'll be asked to stop spamming if you are doing so. Spamming can only be reported if it is being done deliberately [and thus as a form of chat abuse/harassment] and so stopping when asked will prevent you from being reported. Besides, as lovely as your monologues are, sometimes it's nice to hear someone else talk. 4a. Please use the correct chat! While using world chat for group-finding isn't explicitly considered spam, doing so repeatedly is. Likewise, harassing people if they remind you of the correct chat room is still harassment, and could get you reported. Similarly, don't use co-op chat for anything but grouping or discussing co-op-related elements. For casual games, you currently can freely use either chat without restriction to find people to join your game. Soft Rules Some leniency tends to be given on these. 1. No posting links to unfamiliar websites Google, Youtube, Wikipedia, and obviously Cardhunter.com- anything we can take a look at at a glance and recognize as legitimate is fine. Generally there's no actual restriction to what you post in chat, but out of respect, try to not have to make us guess if a site could be to something obscene or containing malware. Such links, even if legitimate, are considered spam- as such, you're fine if you do it on occasion, but do it too frequently and people have the right to report you. There are currently no restrictions to posting more familiar links [aside from the basic spam rule], though you may consider prefixing any links or announcements you make with /me to make them stand out more, as well as seem less spammy. 2. No intentionally bypassing the chat filter If you make a typo, or use a natural variation of a curse word that the filter doesn't catch, you're fine. But intentionally and repeatedly bypassing the filter is a reportable offense, since it's clear you're needlessly attempting to flood chat with inappropriate language- which falls somewhere between spam and harassment, and thus is not permitted. Things that AREN'T Rules Yep- you can do these. 1. You may freely discuss other games There's generally no restrictions to what you discuss in chat, unless it's directly offensive. 2: You may make fun of fantasy creatures You may freely poke fun at any of the races in the game, so long as it is clear you are speaking solely of fantasy races, and are not being explicit in your jabs. Just remember, Gnomes are spawned from the darkest pits of evil. :nodnod: That being said, if your comments end up bothering someone, please respect them and at least temporarily slow down on the jokes. Additional Rules Forum rules can be found here: http://forums.cardhunter.com/threads/card-hunter-forum-rules-new-members-please-read.3393/ You may also be reported for heckling when asked to stop (and not doing so), disconnecting from a match rather than resigning (if it seems intentional), or intentionally stalling a match. You will also be reported for attempting to collude to win matches or adjust pvp rankings. It is also frowned upon to throw pvp matches for any [non-RL] reason, while there is still a chance for victory. Please try to respect this outlook.