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Forum Rules - FreelanceWizard - 11-22-2014 07:34 PM

The following rules apply to all users and posts on this forum. Failing to follow these rules will result in increasingly unpleasant consequences, up to and including thread locks, removal of offending content, loss of posting privileges, and bans. While we believe in progressive discipline and warnings (since we Assume Good Faith and believe everyone wants to be a positive participant), certain offenses, such as spamming, wiki vandalism, and sockpuppetry can result in a permanent ban on the first offense.

1. Respect: "Be Excellent to Each Other." Please respect all fellow posters and role-players on these boards. That means no flame wars, no discrimination, no godmoding, no metagaming, no harassment, and no snarky attitudes. Additionally, don't call out individuals or groups by name on the forums for their actions; if you want to discuss the actions without mentioning those performing them, however, that's acceptable. Part of our respect for you is that we will never display ads, use third-party analytics tools, send you unsolicited e-mail, or provide your e-mail address to a third party except as required by law.

2. Stand by your words: "Don't say it if you don't want it to be around forever." Other than in cases of legal issues, harassment, and other violations of the rules, we don't typically delete posts or offer "fresh starts." We feel everyone who's a part of our community should stand by what they say, even if it's under a pseudonym. To that end, sockpuppetry is forbidden, as is the use of open proxy servers, disposable/cloaked e-mail addresses, and Tor. Additionally, post deletion is disabled for users; users should not attempt to use the edit function to work around this. If a post needs to be deleted, and you have a justifiable reason for the request, please contact a moderator for assistance.

3. Rated Teen/Mature: "Don't get anyone fired." All content on our forums and wiki should fall somewhere between a Teen and Mature rating, or between a PG-13 and a "low" R rating. While your content can get a little racy or violent, don't post anything that would cause a reader to get fired or trigger a web filter. Use common sense to decide what's appropriate and be sure to use the spoiler tag to mark sections "NSFW" (not safe for work) if you have any concerns.

4. Advertising and Spamming: "This isn't Craigslist." Don't post advertisements without permission. You can advertise your commissions in the Artisan House, your events in the Events forums, your RP in the Making Connections forum, and your linkshell or free company in the Linkshell Hall. Any other advertisements can only be posted with the express permission of the administration. The administration reserves the right to prune content from these forums following rules that will be clearly posted on the forums and are included here by reference.

5. Administration and Moderation: "The moderators are Like A Boss. The admin Is The Boss." The administration and moderators have the final say on what is and isn'€™t appropriate on these forums. If you have an issue with a moderator, you should notify an administrator immediately with a detailed complaint. Moderators are appointed by administration and their primary duty within the RPC is to help keep the community organized and drama free. The administration reserves the right at all times to determine what actions are necessary toward a particular issue. Finally, the administration reserves the right to change, add, or delete rules as desired.

6. Donations: "The collection plate is deposit only." The administration may, from time to time, request donations from the community to fund the continued operation of the site. These donations are non-refundable.

The current administrator and mods can be found and contacted here. Moderator names are in bright blue and the admin's name is in purple.

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Moderation Policy - FreelanceWizard - 04-29-2015 07:45 PM

The RPC aims to be a pleasant, enjoyable environment for role-players of all stripes on FINAL FANTASY XIV. To support that objective, and to clarify and standardize the means by which we get there, the following moderation policies apply to all activity on this site with the sole expection of the “No Mods Land” opt-in board, where only Severe Violations are enforced.

These policies only describe how we intend to enforce the general rules in the post above. Nothing in these policies should be construed to countermand any of those general rules. If you have not encountered problems for breaking the rules in the past, these policies should not and will not affect how you post.

Unacceptable Behaviors
While it's not possible for a moderator team to enforce a specific tone for a forum, we can address particular behaviors that we've identified as not conducive to that tone and that are, therefore, unacceptable. Each behavior is color-coded according to its severity:
  • Minor violations are in black text.
  • Severe violations are in bold red text and will result in immediate, permanent banning, potentially with an IP range block and referral to law enforcement.

At a moderator's option, the first offense of a user in any category can be addressed with a PM warning to that user, cc'ed to all moderators and the admin. This option is only to be employed when there is no evidence of ill intent (as determined by reviewing the user's post and warning history, length of membership, and other factors) and it's deemed likely there's a misunderstanding about the rules.

Exceptions to any of these rules may be made by the admin on a case-by-case basis, and these exceptions will be publicly noted. Examples include granting permission to take a topic off a locked thread into a new thread and excepting particular forums from the blanket prohibition on advertising.

Section 1 - Posting & Topics
  • Excessive spamming, defined as an extremely high post rate, particularly if those posts contain little or no content.
  • Excessive off-topic posting.
  • Spurious off-topic posts, including meme images and patent nonsense.
  • Re-creating locked or deleted topics.
  • Creating topics for only one person's attention.
  • Creating posts and/or topics whose purpose/title is sarcastic, belittling, or intentionally provocative in a negative manner (i.e., "baiting").
  • Posting links/images to graphic and unsuitable material (e.g., gore, mutilation, pornography).
  • Selectively editing or deleting the content of posts to your benefit.
Reasoning, explanations, and examples:
Section 2 - Signatures and Avatars
  • Material or links to material that are graphic and unsuitable.
  • Any links in your signature in which can be interpreted as commercial advertising.
  • Signatures of an excessive size, defined as those that exceed 700x400 pixels or 2Mb, unless the signature image is enclosed in a spoiler tag.
  • Signature or avatar text that violates any of the other policies.
Reasoning, explanations, and examples:
Section 3 - Discussion & Prejudiced Comments
  • Discussion of a sexual nature which isn't tasteful.
  • Attacks on, or promotion of, specific religions.
  • Posting racist comments.
  • Posting comments that attack another's sexual/gender identity (including but not limited to sexist and homophobic comments).
  • Attempting to undermine moderator actions/decisions.
Reasoning, explanations, and examples:
Section 4 - Attitude and Tone
  • Petty insults/name calling.
  • Posting negative comments about a member's topic(s).
  • Personal attacks and callouts
  • Posting offensive comments about anyone's family, including threats or "doxxing."
  • Threats of physical harm or abuse.
  • Creating a thread for the specific purpose of highlighting an action or post by a specific user.
Reasoning, explanations, and examples:
Section 5 - Illegal Activities
  • Posting or linking to downloads to pirated material.
  • Posting or linking to software cracks & keygens.
  • Posting or linking to explanations of how to commit an illegal activity.
  • Posting or linking to any form of malware.
  • Posting or linking to any material that violates SQUARE ENIX's Terms of Service or Materials Use License for FINAL FANTASY XIV.
  • Engaging in any activity that disrupts or attempts to disrupt the technical operations of the site's software.
Reasoning, explanations, and examples:
Section 6 - Member Profiles
  • Changing your member title, avatar and/or signature to pose as a member of site staff.
  • Abuse of forum features to harass other users, including the buddy list.
  • Any use of profile features to mock or insult another user.
Reasoning, explanations, and examples:
[b]Section 7 - Advertising
  • Advertising your product/service on the site without prior permission of the admin.
  • Making an account only to advertise your product/service.
  • Posting links which you profit from "Referrals".
Reasoning, explanations, and examples:
Section 8 - Your Account
  • Making an alternative account to break the rules/avoid suspension.
  • Making an account with a "throw away" E-Mail account.
  • Using a proxy to access the site.
Reasoning, explanations, and examples:

Consequences

Moderators are at liberty to pass judgment on disruptions and to take appropriate action befitting the severity of the offense through post moderation / silencing. If they deem it necessary, they are also at liberty to issue temporary bans / kick users from RPC Chat. Permanent bans will be reserved for repeat offenders and require a consensus from the majority of the moderation team before issuance. For the sake of transparency, moderators and chat moderators are required, after issuing punitive measures, to give a public explanation of both the nature of the offense and a description of the relevant moderator actions taken.

Appeals for temporary bans and other minor punitive measures may be made directly to the administrator either through Private Messaging or e-mail. Should the administrator deem the case worthy of review, the appeal will be taken to the site staff for consideration. Permanent bans will NOT be up for discussion or appeal.


Moderation Tools
Members of the moderation staff have a variety of tools and a wide leeway in how they moderate the forums. The primary objectives of moderators are to preserve the thread of discussion, to maintain a positive tone, and to ensure that the forum rules are followed. To that end, the moderators use post removal as a last resort, in the event of truly egregious violations of the rules or if no other option works. We don't believe in censorship, and we believe users should stand behind their words.

All moderator actions short of post deletion will be publicly noted in a post on the thread. Moderators are not to act in secret except when removing advertising spam, patent nonsense, or posts from a banned user on a new account.
  • Mod Edits: If the contents of a user’s posts are deemed in violation of the above rules (e.g. pornography, etc.), then a moderator is capable of and at liberty to take action by editing the post to excise said content. Moderators are also required to leave “mod notes” on any post(s) which they edit or otherwise take action on unless they themselves post to provide an explanation.
  • Thread Locks: If a thread begins to derail significantly to the point where further violations seem inevitable, the mods will note this and lock the thread. If some discussion seems salvageable, the mods will note that a new thread can be created on the topic.
  • Thread Splitting and Joining: If a thread branches into two major lines of discussion that are both valuable, a mod can split the thread. Likewise, if two threads cover the same topic, a mod can join the threads. Because these are delicate operations, mods are to use these only in clear-cut cases and with extreme care.
  • Silencing: A chat moderation tool. Users who are silenced will find themselves unable to communicate in RPC Chat until the silencing expires. Duration of silencing is variable and may be set by the chat moderator.
  • Kicking: A chat moderation tool. Users who are kicked will find themselves booted and excluded from RPC Chat until the kick expires.. Duration of silencing is variable and may be set by the chat moderator.
  • Post Removal: A mod can remove posts in response to severe violations, which includes both those violations marked as severe as well as repeated and egregious lesser violations (such as a group of people ganging up on another with personal attacks, or two people having an off-topic flame war in an otherwise active thread). Post removal is a last resort and will be used when no other options are viable and the situation is extremely clear-cut. If a post is removed, other posts that quote or reference it may also be removed or edited at the moderator's discretion. Post removal takes two forms: post archival, in which a post is committed for the purposes of review to an archival “graveyard” board visible only to staff, and post deletion, in which a post is permanently deleted. Moderators will typically archive posts; deletion is reserved for such things as double posts, accidental posts in the incorrect thread, etc.
  • Post Moderation: Should a moderator deem a user disruptive to a discussion or in violation of forum rules, they may take action by placing the user under “post moderation” for a duration of time. What this means is that all posts made by said user must be approved by a moderator or admin before they become visible to other users and guests. Duration of post moderation is variable and may be set by the moderator.
  • Temporary Ban: Should a moderator deem a user to be exhibiting toxic behavior and/or in frequent violation of forum rules, they may take action by issuing a temporary ban to the user. Temporarily banned users cannot access the large majority of site features and are effectively barred from the site until their ban has expired. Duration of a temporary ban is variable and may be set by the moderator.
  • Permanent Ban: Should a user continue to show disruptive, toxic, or otherwise inappropriate behavior in frequent violation of forum rules, a moderator may petition the moderation team for issuance of a permanent ban. Permanently banned users cannot access any site features and are effectively barred from the site indefinitely. A consensus from the moderation team is required before a permanent ban can be issued to a user.